Nothing quite like a bit of Real Madrid v Barcelona betting action to warm up a midweek coupon. that is what is on offer for January 30th, as the two Spanish giants go head to head at the Bernabeu in the semi final first leg of the Copa del Rey. It is yet another massive clash between the two and Jose Mourinho’s Madrid will be hoping to get a solid head start from home advantage. There were some epic clashes in the tournament last season,with Barcelona taking a 2-1 advantage in the first leg, before holding on for a 2-2 draw back at the Bernabeu. That was at the quarter final stage, and Barcelona went on to lift the title against Athletic Bilbao.
It was around a year ago in January of 2012 that Real Madrid last lost a home game at the Bernabeu. Not too surprisingly it was their rivals who inflicted that defeat upon them (last season’s Copa del Rey victory). So their home standing is going to be the backbone of their challenge here, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored in each of the last six El Clasico head to heads, has to be on top form. The two sides have already met three times this season, with honours even. Along with the draw at the Nou Camp in La Liga between them, over the two legs of their Spanish Super Cup meeting, both sides won their home matches, but Real Madrid edged through on away goals.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has netted in two of the three meetings this season and for Real Madrid v Barcelona Copa del Rey betting, online bookmaker Ladbrokes have a Money Back Special running for the big match. If Lionel Messi scores the first or last goal of the game on Wednesday night, then the bookie will refund all losing First Goalscorer bets on the match as a free bet. This applies to wagers placed before kick off only.
So it does give good coverage for your real Madrid v Barcelona First Goalscorer betting at Ladbrokes. In that valuable market, Messi, who has a staggering 33 league goals in just 21 games, is favourite to open the scoring at a price of 3/1. He scored twice in the league meeting this season against Madrid, and Cristiano did likewise for Madrid in the 2-2 draw. Ronaldo is trading at a price of 7/2 to open the scoring first. Other options are Karim Benzema 11/2, David Villa 5/1 and Gonzalo Higuain at 11/2.
Barcelona have dropped just four points all season long in La Liga, and hold a strong ascendancy at the top of the pile. It has been a season of struggles and dressing room fall outs apparently for Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, but can they dump Barcelona from a second domestic cup this season? Madrid have dropped 16 league points this term and have found themselves pushed out of second place for most of the season by Atletico Madrid. The other semi final of the 2013 Copa del Rey will be contested between Atletico Madrid v Sevilla.
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