|By PAUL GOUGH
Barcelona's Champions League campaign may be in trouble following their recent shock 2-0 first leg loss to AC Milan but the Catalan giants can take a step closer towards winning back-to-back Spanish Cups, at the expense of arch-rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday morning (AEDT).
The two giants of Spanish football head to the Nou Camp for the second leg of their Spanish Cup semi-final, with the score locked at 1-1 following a draw at the Bernabeu four weeks ago.
And with Barcelona all but assured of reclaiming the La Liga title from Real Madrid - they are 12 points clear of Atletico Madrid with Real Madrid a further four points adrift in third spot - Barca are closing in on a domestic double for the first time in four seasons.
Barcelona are the $1.62 favourites at Eskander's Betstar, $1.73 at sportsbet.com.au and best odds of $1.75 at Betfair to win the second leg and move into the final on May 18 against either Atletico Madrid or Sevilla.
Real are being given little chance of winning at the Nou Camp at odds of $4.50 at sportsbet.com.au, $4.80 at Betstar and $5 with Betfair while the draw in the second leg is priced at $4 at sportsbet.com.au, $4.10 with Betstar and again best odds of $4.30 with Betfair.
Both sides have won their past three games in La Liga but are in trouble in the Champions League.
Barcelona need to turn around that shock 2-0 away loss to AC Milan, when they host the second leg on March 12, while Real have to travel to runaway EPL leaders Manchester United in the second leg of their round-of-16 tie having only drawn the first leg 1-1 at home.
A win for Barcelona on Tuesday night would be a step closer towards Real finishing without a trophy this season - placing pressure on their high-profile former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
|Everton to win at $1.18 at Betfair and Barcelona to win at $1.75 at Betfair
||Barcelona to win 3-1 at $12.50 at Betfair|
Incredibly this will be the 17th time the two clubs have met in all competitions since April 2010 with Barca having won seven of those meetings to Real Madrid's three.
Real managed a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp in their La Liga meeting earlier this season and a similar result on Tuesday night would be enough to see them through to the final on the away goals.
However Real have not won on any of their past five visits to Barcelona and with Barca's Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in peerless form, they are up against it on Tuesday night.
Although he did not score in the 1-1 first leg meeting in this season's Spanish Cup semi-final - when Cesc Fabregas gave Barcelona a 50th minute lead before Real equalised in the last 10 minutes - Messi has scored in their past 15 league matches, a record.
And he is the $3.60 favourite at sportsbet.com.au and $4.30 at Betfair to score the game's opening goal on Tuesday night with Real Madrid's own goal-scoring machine in Cristiano Ronaldo priced at $5.50 and $6.40 respectively.
However David Villa could be value in this market for Barcelona - fresh from scoring the equaliser in Saturday's 2-1 home win over Sevilla in La Liga in which Messi got the winner - at odds of $7 at sportsbet.com.au and $8.20 at Betfair.
As for the correct score markets, Barcelona to win 2-1 is the favoured option at Betfair at odds of $9 but we like the look of a 3-1 win for the dominant home side at odds of $12.50.
Meanwhile EPL big guns Everton should put an end to the brave run of League One battlers Oldham in the English FA Cup on Tuesday night.
Oldham are in the relegation zone in England's third tier competition yet snatched a late draw at home in the initial fifth-round tie against Everton after knocking out their great rivals Liverpool in the previous round.
But with Everton to now have home advantage in the replay, the Toffees are odds-on to advance to the quarter-finals at odds of $1.18 at Betfair with Oldham priced at a massive $19.50 while even the draw at 90 minutes is paying big odds of $9.40.
*Note prices are subject to change