Both teams will score but Real will beat Barca in Copa del Rey

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Real Madrid and Barcelona cross paths so many times their rivalry is in danger of drying out football fans’ usually drooling tongues. The battle for some silverware will ensure there’s still a bit of taste around the latest clash though.

The great foes will tussle for the Copa del Rey trophy at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium with Barcelona the 11/8 favourites, the draw a 13/5 chance and Madrid the 7/4 outsiders.

No sensible Ladbrokes customer would dare lump any cash on just the match outcome though, as there is some incredible value to be found elsewhere.

These two footballing gargantuans have faced each other a head-scratching 14 times over the past three seasons and on every single occasion, both teams have found the net.

It’s pretty obvious why that outcome has odds of 9/20 attached to it for this showpiece, but combining that certainty with the match outcome provides much more backable prices.

Barcelona have won six of those 14 clashes, there have been three draws and Los Blancos have triumphed five times.

With such little wriggle room between the two, all three match outcomes with both teams finding the net instantly looks more appealing.

A Barca win with both defences being breached can be backed at 14/5, a score draw is a 29/10 chance and a Real triumph is 10/3 at Ladbrokes.

As Cristiano Ronaldo is missing for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, the temptation is to side with the Blaugrana, after all they’ve won both of this season’s meetings.

However, Tata Martino’s men head into the game on the back of two galling defeats – to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and Granada in La Liga – while Madrid have won seven of their eight games without the Ballon d’Or winner.

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

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