Lionel Messi looks to be assured of another league winners' medal come the end of the season, but this tie is finely balanced after a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu. Although Barcelona are understandably odds-on favourites at 7/10 (1.70), they will be under no illusions about the challenge ahead of them, given that the 1-1 draw in the first leg extended their run of just one Clasico win in six matches.
Despite failing to find the net in that game, Messi is in solid goal scoring form with four in as many games for his side and William Hill have enhanced his wincast price from 4/5 (1.80) to 5/4 (2.20) as Barcelona aim to secure their fourth consecutive home win and book their place in the final against either Sevilla or Atletico Madrid.
Jose Mourinho may have long since given up hope of his Real Madrid side being able to challenge the Catalan giants in La Liga, but the Copa del Rey - together with the Champions League - offer two realistic chances of silverware for the 50-year-old.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a second-half substitute in Madrid's 2-1 win over Deportivo at the weekend so he should be well rested for this crucial cup clash and William Hill have enhanced his wincast price to a very backable level for punters, who believe the Portugal international can inspire his side to a win at Camp Nou.
While 10/3 (4.33) may have appealed to some the 6/1 (7.0) on offer for a striker who has 24 league goals in as many games this season, to score anytime in a Madrid win is sure to catch the eye of those interested in a bigger priced bet for this game.
|Barcelona to win and Lionel Messi to score anytime at 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill
||Real Madrid to win and Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime at 13/8 (2,62) with William Hill|
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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