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Jonathan Cordingley 18th Jan 2011 - 9:22

Wednesday's Copa del Rey betting previews

Deportivo v Almeria, 19:00-Sky Sports 1

As suggested in last week's preview, the first leg of this tie was a low scoring affair. However, it wasn't 0-0 as recommended. By virtue of an own goal it ended 1-0 to 5/2 priced Almeria.

If at first you don't succeed, try again. That's what my father told me when I was younger. No doubt he wasn't referring to gambling, but I'm going to have a pop nevertheless.

I'm not therefore having a pop on the scorers market pre - match, but the rather excellent Pablo Piatti (15/2 to score first, 9/4 anytime) played well in Almeria's surprising 1-1 league home draw with Real Madrid on Sunday and could tempt me in-play should Deportivo's Adrian (11/2 to score first, 6/4 anytime) or one of his colleagues score first and ruin my pre-match 0-0 prediction.

I would like to see Deportivo (6/5), the 2002 Champions, progress in this competition because I have fond memories of the old Super Depor. But the reality is that I don't think they will do enough.

Recommendation: 90 minute draw (9/4)

Worth a punt: Correct score of 0-0 (priced at 7/1)

Real Betis v Barcelona, 21:00-Sky Sports 1

Impressive Segunda leaders Real Betis (11/2) face the seemingly impossible task of beating Primera leaders Barcelona (4/9) by six clear goals. While anybody with a modicum of intellect can see that this eventuality is probably not worth betting on, Betis could run a weakened Barca team close and draw, or even beat them by a goal.

A weakened team was what I expected but did not get in last week's first leg matchup. Indeed, Messi, Villa and the other stars took to the field looking to quickly build a big enough lead to put the tow legged tie beyond doubt. Winning 5-0 on the night with Messi bagging a hat - trick, they likely did just that.

Despite being beaten by such a high scoreline, Betis played better than most top flight sides have done in the Nou Camp and very nearly went into the half time interval at 0-0.

My recommended goalscorer pick in that game, Betis striker Ruben Castro, perhaps suffered from a little stage fright under the bright lights of the Catalan capital, but he did hit the bar and is my recommendation again tonight.

I also fancy a "Yes" in the both teams to score market at 6/10 and suggest that Jeffren (5/1 to score first, 9/4 anytime) might be a worthy punt if you fancy betting on a potential Barca scorer.

Real Betis consistently attract over 30,000 fans for second division games and despite the tie being realistically beyond doubt, should see similar numbers produce a passionate, partisan atmosphere within the Manuel Ruiz De Lopera tonight.

We should witness a good game, but given that I don't know who will start, I can't make a solid judgment on the 90 minute market. A potential upset will therefore be assessed and bet on in-play.

Recommendation: Ruben Castro, e/w first scorer (11/1)

Whatever you choose, don't forget that you can always monitor the action and bet in-play at Williamhill.com


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