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Jonathan Cordingley 21st Aug 2013 - 15:00

Barca to reign supreme in Madrid again – Betting Preview

Unusually, the first leg of the 2013 Spanish Supercup takes place after the first round of league games. Why? I honestly haven't researched it and see no need to with regards to choosing a bet in this preview, but considering we had a La Liga game kicking off at 11pm local time on both Saturday and Sunday last weekend, I'm not surprised by the unusual timing of Wednesday's Supercup first leg.

Anyway, held at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium, 2012/13 Copa del Rey winners Atletico Madrid (15/4) face La Liga Primera champions Barcelona (4/6) in this two-legged affair.

Barcelona, as you would expect, are no strangers to winning the Spanish Supercup, having won it a record ten times - most recently in 2011. Atletico, back in 1985, have lifted the trophy once, finishing runner on three occasions.

Now, you all know about Barca and the players they have, you know that Falcao has left Atleti to join Monaco, but do you know what to bet on in this game?

Well, it doesn't take a genius to work out that Barca are worth chancing at 4/6 against any Spanish team - and I've already bet on that ninety minute outcome personally - but what is most notable about this clash is that, in league matches at the Vicente Calderon, it's finished 2-1 to Barcelona three times in a row.

Therefore, although we must account for the potential tiredness of each squad after their opening La Liga fixtures only a few days ago, both teams to score and Barcelona to win in ninety minutes looks like the bet you were looking for.

Should you wish to back both teams to score as a single bet, it's currently available at 1/2, with the equally popular over 2.5 goals priced the same.

Likewise, if you fancy a player to score and team to win, we have two headline offers for you in Iniesta and Barcelona and Costa and Atletico - each priced at 10/1.

Diego Costa (8/1 to score first, 11/4 anytime) is now fairly well known in England - mainly through being linked to Premier League clubs - and you'd expect him to be first choice to find the net for Diego Simeone's Atleti, but what about David Villa?!

Sure, Atleti's new number nine looked a little rusty at the weekend, but Villa (6/1 to score first, 7/4 anytime) is Spain's all-time top scorer and, as people often say, form is temporary but class is permanent.

Of course, the added spice is that Villa would like to 'get one over' on his old teammates at Barcelona and I'd love to see him score against the Catalans, particularly if he can do it at Camp Nou.

Anyway, thanks for reading this brief preview and good luck to you all, whatever you're betting on.

Worth a punt: Both teams to score and Barca win (9/4)

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