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Barcelona v Real Madrid: Hosts to restore pride in goal bonanza

| 26.02.2013

Barcelona welcome Real Madrid to the Nou Camp in a Copa del Rey semi-final second leg, for which the home side are 3/5 to win.

And punters could do worse than take that price on the wounded hosts, who suffered a shock Champions League defeat away to AC Milan recently.

Barca are unbeaten on their own patch domestically this term though, having won 11 of their 12 home league outings, and racking up 42 goals in the process.

With that in mind, the 19/10 odds concerning a Catalan success involving over 3.5 goals tempt immensely, whilst both teams should be expected to score too.

Both teams have found the net in the past 11 meetings of this pair in all competitions, which have all taken place within the last two years.

The 4/9 about either team notching is understandably skinny, so more value can be found in the hosts winning a game where both teams register at 33/20.

There are statistics to suggest punters favouring the away side could be rewarded however, with Real losing just once on their past four visits to the Nou Camp.

Jose Mourinho’s side, who have won two of those four games, are 7/2 to win in normal time here, and 11/2 to triumph in a match where both defences are breached.

16/5 is available regarding the stalemate meanwhile, with a score draw only slightly longer as a 7/2 shot.

It should come of interest that travelling Real have taken the lead on each of their last three visits to Barcelona too, but have gone on to win only one of those games.

Barca, who overcame a half-time deficit to eventually prosper in their last game against Sevilla, are a massive 6/1 to come from behind and victor here.

The usual suspects head the first scorer market, with Lionel Messi an 11/4 hope to break the deadlock.

As big as you are likely to see him nowadays at 9/2 though, Cristiano Ronaldo looks well worth a punt, and Ladbrokes will refund losing first scorer bets as a free bet if he opens or closes the scoring.

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



John Klee