Barcelona might be leading Primera Division and heading towards another title, but they are certainly not playing as champions. After losing by two goals to none to AC Milan, the Catalans bowed out of Copa Del Rey by losing at home against Real Madrid.
Match: Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Bet: Real Madrid 0:0 Asian Handicap
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.25
The hosts have their morale boosted by the recent victory over their arch-rivals and will aim for a double this afternoon when they also have home pitch advantage. The biggest concern for Mourinho is the fact that Casillas is still injured and won’t start against Barcelona, but his replacement did a fine job in midweek. Real won four of the last five games and even when drawing against Manchester United, they were the dominant team on the field.
Barcelona would surely try to avenge the Copa Del Rey defeat, but their main objecting is reverting the 2-0 defeat against Milan. The 12 points gap separating them from Madrid gives them plenty of time to consolidate their lead and allows them to focus on the more pressing matter. The game is scheduled earlier than usual, but this doesn’t mean that Santiago Bernabeu won’t be full of enthusiastic fans. Real gave them a reason to rejoice this week and they are hungry for another victory over Barcelona.
It is very difficult to ignore recent results and Barcelona’s overall record against Real Madrid shouldn’t have a deterring effect on punters willing to back the in-form hosts. In order to mitigate the risks, punters are advised to take Pinnacle Sports on their 0-0 Asian Handicap, at juicy odds of 2.25. In case the match ends in a draw, the stakes will be returned.