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The Copa Del Rey has ensured there will be two Clasico matches in a week. Phil Kitromilides can see the score being level after 45 minutes in Wednesday's first leg

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Last season these two sides met five times, in three different competitions, while this season they will face each other on a minimum of six occasions, possibly eight if the Champions League draws them together in the latter stages.

Any other fixture in the world would be dismissed as overkill, but the Clasico still retains the allure of seeing the two grandest sides in the world collide in a spectacle of noise, passion and with the promise of brilliant football.

Trying to find value when backing Real Madrid or Barcelona is an eternally difficult past time for punters in La Liga, but the Clasico actually offers the chance of some attractive odds, quite simply because of the fact of who each team's opponent is. The bookies cannot split the two with Sportingbet offering the same price of 7/2 (2.5) on either a Madrid or Barca victory.

Last month the Catalans produced a display of resilience tempered with brilliance to come back from 1-0 down to win 3-1 in the Bernabeu, and the 7/2 (2.5) on another win for Pep Guardiola's men may appeal.

However, it is wise to consider that this is a two-legged cup affair, and a draw or even a narrow scoring defeat would not represent a disaster for Barcelona with the second leg at home.

The draw is offered at 23/10 (3.30) and indeed three of the last seven meetings between these two teams have ended as stalemates. But instead why not consider investing in the draw at half-time rather than full-time, available at 23/20 (2.15)?

Excluding the two meetings in the Spanish Super Cup at the start of this season, the last five matches between these two sides have been draws at half-time. With the tie being played over two legs the opening half of the first match is likely to be a cautious one, and the odds look too good to turn down.

Tip: Draw at half time at 23/20 (2.15) with Sportingbet

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Phil Kitromilides is a professional sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on

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