|By PAUL GOUGH
The first-leg semi-final meeting in the Copa del Rey between giants Real Madrid and Barcelona overshadows another big night English Premier League action on Wednesday [Thursday morning Australian time].
It is the first 'El Clasico' of 2013, with Real Madrid hoping to reclaim the trophy from Barcelona this season, just as the Catalan club is already well on its way to reclaiming the La Liga title from their great rivals.
With Barcelona already 11 points clear of reigning Europa League champions Atletico Madrid in La Liga and
Real Madrid a further four points behind, Lionel Messi's side are the clear favourites to win the first leg of the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona are priced at $2.34 to win the first leg away from home at Betfair, while Real Madrid are at $3.15.
The draw is good value at $3.85.
All three options shorter are at sportsbet.com.au, where it is $2.30 for Barcelona, $2.87 for Real and $3.60 the draw.
And Barcelona, who have won the Spanish Cup a record 26 times and beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in last year's final, are the $1.87 favourites at Betfair to retain the trophy.
This is the second meeting this season between the two giants of Spanish football ,with their first meeting in La Liga ending in a 2-2 draw at Barcelona in October.
It is Messi's Spanish team-mate David Villa who has been Barca's leading scorer in the Copa del Rey this season with five goals [Messi has four], and he is good value at $6.40 with Betfair to score the first goal on Wednesday.
|Real Madrid and Barcelona to draw 1-1 at $9.20 at Betfair
||Arsenal to win v Liverpool at $2.44 at Betfair|
Meanwhile, Arsenal are warm favourites to heap more misery on struggling Liverpool in the pick of the six Premier League matches.
The Gunners are in sixth spot - four points behind arch-rivals Tottenham in fourth - in the race for Champions League qualification, with Liverpool a further three points and one spot behind Arsenal.
Liverpool are coming off a disastrous FA Cup exit at the hands of League One battlers Oldham on Sunday and another loss here could all-but end their Champions League qualification hopes for another season.
But after that awful showing on Sunday, it is simply impossible to tip Liverpool, with Arsenal good value to win at home at $2.44 at Betfair.
The Reds are at $3.20, with the draw paying $3.55.
* Note prices subject to change