No Real chance for Madrid
The first leg between these two didn't live up to expectations in terms of quality football but the ill-tempered affair certainly hit the headlines across Europe and all eyes will be on the Nou Camp on Tuesday evening to see the next instalment of this epic battle.
There is no love lost between the two clubs at the best of times but with a run of four games in quick succession and Jose Mourinho fanning the flames with his controversial comments relations couldn't get much worse.
UEFA have decided not to bring extra charges against either club after the first match was marred by red cards for Pepe and Mourinho for Madrid and Jose Pinto for Barcelona.
Real Madrid's tactics of stopping Barca at all costs and the diving from the Catalans were also major disappointments for the neutral and they'll be hoping that this game will be remembered for some good football.
Barcelona won the match 2-0 at the Bernabeu and even the most ardent Real Madrid will struggle to make a case for them to qualify for the Wembley final. If you do fancy it, it can be backed at odds of 16/1.
More likely is that they will be looking to restore some pride in both their play and behaviour. They are 4/1 to win the game in 90 minutes. Barcelona are 7/10 whilst the draw is 13/5.
If Real Madrid are to pull off a major shock they will be looking to Ronaldo to provide them with the inspiration. As our Match Winner for this game we've enhanced the price on either him or Messi scoring a hat-trick in the game to 10/1. With Madrid chasing the game it could certainly leave spaces for Messi to exploit and with his incredible scoring record it is certainly possible.
When the sides met in La Liga at the Nou Camp earlier in the season the home side put on a masterclass of total football and ran out 5-0 winners. If you fancy a repeat of that scoreline you can get a whopping 66/1.
The key to this game will be how Madrid approach it. Will they throw caution to the wind and attack looking for the goals they need to get themselves back into the encounter or look to avoid further embarrassment by continuing their defensive tactics?
Unfortunately for the neutrals I think Mourinho will take the latter approach and I wouldn't expect too many fireworks early on. If Madrid could nick one on the break then it could make the game interesting but I expect Barca to make the early running.
Both sides suffered shock reversals in La Liga this weekend. If you'd backed that unlikely double with us you would have received odds of 83/1.
All the evidence suggests that Barcelona are just too good for the old rivals and when the game starts to go against Real Madrid they could result to kicking out and have a man sent off (It's just 5/4 for a red card in the match). That could lead to another embarrassing scoreline for the Madrid club.
I would back Barcelona to be winning at both half-time and full-time at odds of 6/4 and in the correct score market 3-0 at 12/1 looks the best bet. David Villa to score first at 9/2 also appeals.
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