As Copa del Rey clashes go, few can be tastier on paper than a Madrid derby and to celebrate such a smashing round-of-16 tie Ladbrokes are pumping up their prices.
The firm are boosting the odds on Real Madrid to win the first leg at the Vicente Calderon in a game where both teams score from 3/1, out to 7/2.
Games where Cristiano Ronaldo and co don’t find the net are rarer than undiscovered Rembrandt’s these days, adding gloss to this offer from the off.
The Copa del Rey holders have only been denied once in 29 games all season (although that was against Atletico in the Super Cup) while Ronaldo took his ridiculous tally to 31 in all competitions against Valencia last time out.
It is little wonder that the former Manchester United star is almost certain to earn his second straight Ballon d’Or just days after this game has finished.
Diego Simeone’s La Liga champions have also leaked in their last four matches, while only winning one of their last three home games before entertaining their capital city foes.
Los Blancos also won 2-0 at their rivals at the semi-final stage of this competition last season.
While it’s true Los Rojiblancos have had the better of the intense rivalry this term, winning the Super Cup and the league clash at the Bernabeu, that only gives Carlo Ancelotti’s men more incentive to settle the score.
Both teams have scored in four of the last five editions of the Madrid derby also.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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