Barcelona v Real Madrid Preview

April 15, 2014 | By

Coral Free BetsSpanish Copa del Rey Final action on Wednesday Night comes from the Estadio de Mestalla and features Barcelona versus Real Madrid.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 20:30pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Barcelona v Real Madrid Preview, Copa del Rey Final, Wednesday 16th April 2014

Barcelona head into this final having already beaten arch rivals Real Madrid twice this season in the Primera La Liga and those results will certainly have all of Gerardo Martino’s players brimming with confidence that they can make it a hat-trick of victories come wednesday evening at the famous Estadio de Mestalla and with Barcelona still in with a big chance of defending their La Liga title, winning this competition would see them secure the double.

Real Madrid head into this game also having the chance to secure the double as they also are still in with a big chance of capturing the La Liga title, but their two previous defeats against Barcelona will obviously be playing on the minds of all the Real Madrid players during this match and in my opinion the Real Madrid defence has to be a lot better than it has been in recent weeks if they are to be the ones lifting the trophy come wednesday night in Valencia.

Barcelona Team News:

Victor Valdez, Gerard Pique and Jonathan dos Santos are all unavailable for Barcelona as each player continues to recover from respective injury problems. Alexis Sanchez could see himself promoted to the starting lineup for this game after Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat away against Granada over the weekend along with Jordi Alba who also spent most of that game on the bench.

Real Madrid Team News:

Sami Khedira and Jese are both definitely out for this game as they recover from respective injury problems. But the big news that everyone is waiting to hear is will Cristiano Ronaldo feature as with him having missed the weekend 4-0 victory over Almeria and not having played in the 2-0 defeat away against Borussia Dortmund last week in the Champions League, his involvement in this game is far from certain at the moment along with Alvaro Arbeloa who is also out with a slight injury problem.

Barcelona v Real Madrid Head to Head Statistics:

Wednesday night’s game from the Estadio de Mestalla in Valencia will become the 56th meeting between these two giants of Spanish football. From those previous matches played, Barcelona have managed to secure 24 victories and Real Madrid have managed to secure 15 victories with the remaining 16 matches have finished all square.

The head to head statistics table below shows us the last 5 previous meetings between the two clubs and as we can clearly see there is nothing between them with both having won 2 games each and the remaing game having finished all square.

23/03/14 PRD Real Madrid – Barcelona 3 : 4
26/10/13 PRD Barcelona – Real Madrid 2 : 1
02/03/13 PRD Real Madrid – Barcelona
2 : 1
26/02/13 CDR Barcelona – Real Madrid 1 : 3
30/01/13 CDR Real MadridBarcelona 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

171 Goals have graced the nets in the previous 55 matches played between these two clubs which generates us an overall average goals per match statistic of 3.10 which strongly indicates that this game on wednesday night should see at least 3 goals scored.

Barcelona v Real Madrid Recent Form (Left to Right)

Barcelona: W D W L L

Real Madrid: W W W L W

Real Madrid have the clear advantage heading into this game based on the recent form statistics, as they managed to win 4 of their last 5 games played. Barcelona have struggled during their last 5 matches played as they have only managed to win 2 of which they lost 2 and drew 1.

Barcelona v Real Madrid Match Betting Odds Market

Barcelona are the clear favourites to win this game on wednesday night despite having lost their last two games and the online bookmakers currently have them priced up at best odds of 6/4 with Bet365 – £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers to be the ones lifting aloft the trophy.

The Draw could provide some decent value here at a current best price of 13/5 with Sky Bet – £30 Free Bets for New Customers as there is very little to seperate the two teams and I can certainly see these odds receiving plenty of interest from punters.

Real Madrid will be looking to gain some much needed revenge over Barcelona having lost both league matches against them this season and what better way to do it by winning a major trophy and for me Real Madrid look exceptional value at a current best price of 13/5 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

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Barcelona v Real Madrid Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Clash of the Titans is a phrase best to describe this match as with both clubs desperate to secure a trophy this season and neither being top of the Primera La Liga table, this could be their only opportunity to do so and as such I am expecting a very exciting hard fought affair that should see plenty of goals and even the possibility of a sending off as there really is no love loss between these two teams.

Barcelona head into this game in the unusual position of having lost their last two matches and with them also without their number 1 goalkeeper, I really do rate Real Madrid’s chances of winning this game on wednesday night.

However, with Cristiano Ronaldo far from certain of being involved due to a knee injury backing Real Madrid to win this game obviously comes with a risk, but with a comfortable 4-0 victory at  home against Almeria over the weekend without the Portuguese maestro it is a risk I am willing to take as their current odds are overpriced in my opinion and look excellent value.

The average goals per game statistics strongly suggest that this game will see at least 3 goals scored and with both of the league matches played between the two teams this season having both seen 3 goals scored betting markets like Both Teams to Score, Over 2.5 Goals and Total Match Goals 2 or 3 all look worth having a closer look at when deciding your bets for this game.

My Banker for this game is going to be Gareth Bale to Score Anytime as his current odds are also excellent value in my opinion for a player that will see this game as his real chance to shine on the big stage and my Saver is going to be Real Madrid to Win.

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