Real Madrid’s loss to Getafe at the weekend meant they have now endured their worst start to a La Liga season in 39 years.
Therefore, they may well welcome the return to Spanish Super Cup action tonight, but could struggle to justify 13/8 odds to beat Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid took the lead during the first leg of this tie last week, before Barcelona eventually went on to record a 3-2 victory at the Nou Camp.
Tito Vilanova’s men therefore require only a draw in order to lift the trophy for the fourth season running, and can be backed at 5/2 to play out a stalemate here.
The Catalans haven’t lost to Real at the Bernabeu in four years, with two draws emanating from the seven encounters that have occurred during that time.
With five Barca wins emerging from those clashes, the Copa Del Rey champions may prove more popular choices to win at the home of their biggest rivals again at 6/4.
More cautious punters can take the 4/11 regarding Barcelona lifting the trophy, which would occur should they manage a draw or victory in 90 minutes tonight.
Meanwhile, goal markets look well worthy of attention in this game, with the 4/11 about both teams scoring seeming nailed on.
In eight meetings of these sides since last May, each match has featured either side finding the net, and that looks set to continue here.
Whilst Barcelona’s La Liga campaign has begun in better vein than that of their hosts, they have conceded in each of their two wins, whilst Real notched in their draw and loss.
That considered, the 11/4 price about a Barca win in which both teams score appears tempting, whilst some may take an interest in the 3/1 odds for a score draw.
Card markets could too be worth a look in tonight’s game, with booking points often excessive in this traditionally fiery clash.
Indeed, the lowest amount of cards that have been seen in the past eight encounters has been four, with Real Madrid receiving the most cards in each of these games.
The 8/11 about the home side receiving the most booking points in this game therefore looks a superb bet.
Many will also like the 11/8 for a red card to be shown at any time to any player at the Bernabeu too.
It was unsurprising to see Cristiano Ronaldo open the scoring at the Nou Camp last week meanwhile, and he is 7/2 favourite to repeat the feat here.
For the visitors, the imperious Lionel Messi is 4/1 to notch first, and after scoring consecutive La Liga braces already this season, he will see support at that price.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.