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European Football

26 February 2013

Goals always likely as Barcelona face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey

Both teams have scored in last 11 meeting between Spanish giants

Goals always likely as Barcelona face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey

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Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou for the return leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final showdown.

Jose Mourinho’s Madrid earned a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu to take to Barcelona as they look to overcame the La Liga leaders in the domestic cup competition.

And one things that looks almost certain when the two biggest clubs in the country meet is goals, with an astonishing 11 straight fixtures seeing both goalkeepers pick the ball out of the net.

In recent seasons Barca and Real have met far more times than their two allocated league matches insist, with five games in the 2010/11 campaign, six in 2011/12 and having already played out four encounters so far this season.

Backing both teams to score would have paid out during the last 11 successive El Clasico matches, and is worth siding with at 4/9 in this crucial cup clash.

More often that not the goals flow in numbers, and 10 of those 11 matches have produced over 2.5 goals, which can be backed again this time around 4/11.

Over 3.5 goals offers greater value at 9/10 and has occurred in six of the most recent 10 games, while over 4.5 goals flew in at the Nou Camp in the Spanish Super Cup earlier in the season and is available at 2/1.

Predictably any debate over who is going to score those goals is naturally likely to centre on the two superstars in each team, Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

Both forwards struck twice in the their last La Liga El Clasico, while the names Messi and Ronaldo were also on the scoresheet in the two Super Cup games back in August.

It would be no surprise if both scored again, with Messi priced at 11/4 to break the deadlock and 4/7 to strike anytime on home soil.

Ronaldo is just slightly further back as a 9/2 bet to net first, and is available at evens to find the net at any point during 90 minutes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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