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El Clasico Betting Preview: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

El Clasico Betting Preview: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

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The game of the day is easily the second leg of Real Madrid and Barcelona's Copa del Rey match that will see the winner advance to the final. Ronaldo and Messi offer juicy odds.

Lookng at the La Liga tables it is evident that Real Madrid will not be catching up to Barca, and thus the Copa del Rey offers an opportunity for Jose Mourinho's boys to land some hardware this season.

The first leg finished in a 1-1 draw, and for the second leg at the Nou Camp Barca is naturally heavily favoured to win with odds of 1.70 available now at William Hill.

The draw result is slated at 3.75 should the game finish 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes. If it finished 0-0 - a result that is almost unthinkable given the devastating offensive juggernauts these teams are - it would mean Barcelona would advance to the final, whereas any draw 2-2 or with more goals would see Madrid through on the away goals factor. They did draw 2-2 back in October in league play, and they have drawn each other three times in their last six matches against one another in all competitions.

For Madrid to take the win outright it's paying 4.80, and though it is unlikely here the club did manage to win at the Nou Camp under a year ago. To qualify regardless of when it does it, Real can be had at 2.75.

Now the real fun is going to be in watching the Messi vs. Ronaldo show. The two best players in world soccer today have performed very well against one another. Messi has four goals in the last four Clasicos while Ronaldo has scored in seven in seven.

For Messi to score two or more in this game he is paying out 2.50, while to open up the scoring or finish it off he is issued at 3.75. If he scores a hat-trick then the odds are up to 8.00.

For Ronaldo to keep his excellent Clasico form, he can be taken at 5.50 to score first or last (separate bets) or 3.00 to score a pair which he did at the Nou Camp three months ago. And if he is able to score at any given point in the game and Madrid ends up winning, then the odds of 7.00 are available -- and those are attractive odds to say the least.

A last sneaker bet in the goal scoring market could be Xavi for Barcelona, as he has two goals in his last four Clasicos. He is slated at 6.50 to score at anytime in the match, which could prove great value.

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