The mighty Real Madrid take on FC Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening (local time) in their Copa Del Rey semi-final 2nd leg. The scores are level at 1-1 after the 1st leg at the Nou Camp, with the winners of this tie facing either Valencia or Real Betis in the final.
Both head coaches selected strong lineups in the 1st leg, although Lionel Messi only appeared from the bench for Barcelona and Real Madrid also left one or two of their usual starters on the bench.
With the tie so delicately poised, it’s likely that both starting XIs will be close to full-strength again, even though the teams meet again in La Liga El Clasico action at the weekend.
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Real Madrid v Barcelona Head To Head Stats
Real Madrid and Barcelona have played each other on 273 occasion in all competitions, with Barcelona having recorded 113 victories to Real’s 99, with there having been 61 draws.
Neither team has been in great form of late, although Barcelona had an excellent Messi-inspired 4-2 win at Sevilla over the weekend and Real recently had a 3-1 victory at city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona has lacked the consistency of late and struggled for goals in a few games prior to the win in Sevilla. For their part, Real Madrid has struggled to move forward since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Odds
There’s little to choose between the two teams in the ‘Match Result’ betting odds in this game, with Real Madrid at +175 with William Hill, the Draw is +260 (also at William Hill) and Barcelona are narrow favourites at +145 with bet365*
It’s worth noting that the away goals rule counts in the Copa del Rey, so a 0-0 draw would suffice for Real Madrid, but a 2-2 (or higher) draw would see Barcelona prevail.
In terms of our soccer predictions, bet365 offer +300 on the Draw in the ‘Match Result & Both Teams to Score’ (BTTS) market and that could be an interesting bet in this clash.
Match Result & Both Teams to Score (BTTS) – Draw @ +300 (bet365*)
* Odds correct at time of writing