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Barcelona vs Real Madrid – Guardiola to extend final record

| 20.04.2011

Barcelona are the most successful side in the history of the Copa del Rey and they can win the competition for the 26th time in their history with a victory over Real Madrid in this year’s final.

Match Odds

Since Pep Guardiola’s appointment as Barcelona manager in 2008, the Catalan giants are unbeaten in six games against their great rivals, winning five in succession before the 1-1 La Liga draw on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are unbeaten in the six finals in all competitions that they have played under Guardiola.

However, perhaps the big statistic in Barcelona’s favour is that they have triumphed in their last three Copa del Rey finals, while Real Madrid have lost the pair that they have been a part of since 1993.

Barcelona’s odds are 5/6 to beat Real Madrid in the 90 minutes and it is 8/15 that they lift the Copa del Rey trophy.

None of the previous five finals involving the pair have required extra time and therefore it may be wise to expect the outcome to be settled in the 90 minutes.

Real Madrid are 11/8 to win the Copa del Rey and 3/1 to claim victory without the need for extra time or penalties.

First Goalscorer

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both broke their own individual scoring jinx’ in the La Liga draw and unsurprisingly head the market to break the deadlock in the Copa del Rey final.

Messi scored his first goal against a team managed by Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu and is 4/1 in the Copa del Rey odds to score first in the final.

Ronaldo netted his first goal against Barcelona in the league draw and is 5/1 to be the first scorer at the Mestalla.

A £30 stake on the scorecast of Messi scoring first and Barcelona winning 3-1 would return £1050. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.