A somewhat fortuitous penalty gave Real Madrid a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Saturday but it was no more than Mourinho’s team deserved.
Madrid head to Estadio de Mestalla in Valencia as pretty large 3/1 outsiders with Stan James and after the desire they showed in the final half hour of Saturday’s encounter, that would seem to be a touch generous.
Barcelona are likely to be affected less by strange surroundings, Madrid playing their strongest stuff at fortress Bernabeu, but they seemed to galvanise and show a real will to win after going down to ten men on Saturday evening.
A repeat stalemate is 14/5 with , while a replica 1-1 draw is 8.0 (7/1) with Betdaq. With extra time and/or penalties thrown in, Barcelona are Sportingbet’s 1/2 favs to lift the cup while Real Madrid again look over priced at 7/4 with Ladbrokes. Were Saturday’s encounter a cup final that had headed into extra time, Madrid would have been the more likely team to win.
Having said all that, Barcelona did hold the lead for thirty minutes and without a soft penalty against them, would have come out victorious, despite a selection of good chances for Ronaldo and co.
The usual suspects were on the scoresheet at the Bernabeu and at the Mestalla, Messi is 5/4 to notch anytime with Stan James while Cristiano Ronaldo is a larger 13/8 (Boylesports). The pair are 4/1 (William Hill) and 11/2 (Coral) to net first but the lively Mesut Ozil shouldn’t be ignored, he is 10/1 (Betfred) to open proceedings and a brilliant 9/2 (Coral) to score anytime.
Barcelona haven’t sparkled as they normally do for a month or so now and while they should hold most of the ball, Real Madrid’s price is just too tempting. The preference is for the 7/4 for Madrid to lift the cup (Ladbrokes) while Sportingbet’s 11/1 about a dramatic penalties win isn’t without appeal.