Barcelona and Real Madrid square off twice this week and both of them have extremely difficult fixtures in early March. Their Champions League plans are about to be ruined by two teams that were credited with the second chance, but the Spanish Giants can’t afford to rest key players.
Match: Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.75
It looks like Barcelona has already gotten away with the championship, but Copa del Rey has always been a very important trophy for the Catalans. The first leg of the semifinal played against Real Madrid could’ve resulted in a narrow victory for Barcelona, but the hosts struck back in the final minutes to level the score. The Catalans are still favorites to move further to the finals, as they have home pitch advantage and an excellent record at Nou Camp.
On the other hand, Real Madrid is the team in better form and its players seem to be more motivated than the ones trained by Tito Vilanova. Barcelona needs to rally after a disappointing performance against AC Milan, with Messi being the player that everybody counts on tonight. The hosts will probably feature the same 4-3-3 formation with Messi, Pedro and Iniesta upfront, while the visitors will push Benzema forward just like they did in the first leg.
In front of a packed stadium, with almost 100,000 fans cheering for their favorites, Barcelona should replicate one of its numerous successes of 2010-2011 over Real Madrid. Pinnacle Sports is the bookmaker who currently offers the highest odds for a home victory, hence the best choice for punters.