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Real Madrid v Barcelona Clash In “El Clásico” Copa Del Rey Final April 16

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Barcelona take on Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, and it is possibly both teams best chance of winning a trophy this season

Copa del Rey Final Odds:

Barcelona – 6/4 bet365
Real Madrid – 15/8 Ladbrokes
Draw – 13/5 BetVictor

Watch and bet on Real Madrid v Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final live at Bet365>Football>LiveStreaming from 8:30 PM GMT on Wednesday April 16


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Football fans the world over love an “El Clásico” game, - the epic matchup between Spanish football’s great rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid - and this year’s Copa del Rey final will serve up the latest installment of the most watched soccer match on the planet.

Barcelona are the most successful team of all time in the Copa, with 26 victories compared to Madrid’s 18. Barca’s last win came in the 2012 final, where they defeated Athletic Bilbao - the second most successful team in the competition with 23 wins - 3-0.

Madrid’s last win came 2011 when Jose Mourinho led the team to his first trophy in Spain, a trophy that was subsequently famously crushed under the wheels of the winning team’s open-topped bus. Last season Mourinho’s team reached the final again, but were famously beaten 2-1 in their own Santiago Bernabeu stadium by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side – a portent of things to come.


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Madrid and Barcelona went head-to-head as recently as last month in an epic league clash at the Santiago Bernabeu finished 4-3 in the Catalans favour. It was a truly awe-inspiring encounter, the best seen in decades. Both teams played exceptionally good football, and while Madrid had gone into the game on the back of a 30-match unbeaten streak and top of La Liga, it was Barcelona who emerged victorious.

The knock-on effect of that defeat saw Madrid lose their next game at Sevilla and with it their grasp of the league title. Since then, Real have bounced back with three league victories, and secured their place in the semifinals of the Champions League with a 4-3 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund.


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They remain three points behind cross-town rivals Atletico, and in the Champions League semis take on tournament favorites Bayern Munich.

Since their epic victory over Madrid, Barcelona’s season has taken a turn for the worst. They were eliminated from the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage by domestic title rivals Atletico to-one of aggregate, and their misery was compounded on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 in La Liga by 50/1 longshots Granada, despite having 81% of possession and 29 shots at goal.

Barcelona are now four points behind Atletico Madrid, who won 2-0 away at Getafe on Sunday, and a point behind Real, who had an emphatic 4-0 victory against Almeria on Saturday. To have any chance of winning the league title, they need both Atletico and Real to drop points. They also need to do something they have failed to achieve in five attempts this season - defeat Atletico Madrid – whom they play on the last day of the league campaign.


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Tata Martino – the cerebral but largely misguided Argentinian who took over as head coach in the summer and immediately attempted to change Barcelona’s style of play – could yet finish the season with the league and cup double. The destiny of La Liga is out of his and his team’s hands, but if they play to their full abilities on Wednesday, they could yet deliver their fans a night to remember.

As for Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, he seemed a perfect fit for Madrid - the antithesis of Mourinho and his stressful, changing-room dividing reign – and his team have played the most exciting, attractive football of any side in La Liga this season.  

Like Martino and Barcelona, the destiny of the 2014 league title is out of his hands, and it will be a massive ask for Madrid to defeat Bayern over two legs. Whether a victory in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey over Barcelona will be enough to keep Ancelotti at Madrid next season remains to be seen.


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Barcelona are 9/1 (BetVictor) to win the final 2-1, with Real Madrid at 10/1 (Coral) to win the game 2-1. A 1-0 victory for Barcelona is 11/1 (Ladbrokes), while a 1-0 victory for Madrid is 14/1 (Ladbrokes). The game to finish 1-1 is 7/1 (BetVictor).

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is 7/2 (Boylesports) to score the opening goal of the final, with Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo at 4/1 (WilliamHill). Ronaldo’s teammate Karim Benzema is 6/1 (SkyBet) to grab the opening goal, while Barcelona’s Brazilian striker Neymar is 13/2 (Coral) to score the first goal of the game.

Best bet; Real Madrid to win 2-1 (10/1 Coral)
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