Atletico Madrid aiming for Copa del Rey comeback over Barcelona
Atletico Madrid, 11/5 with Coral to win, host Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon in their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash this week, with Diego Simeone’s side hoping to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit.
Lionel Messi slotted home a second half penalty at the Nou Camp to separate the two sides, giving the Catalan giants a slender 1-0 lead to defend going into a crucial second leg encounter. The amazing Argentine has bagged the last goal in the side’s previous two meetings and is 9/2 to do the same this time out.
Simeone’s reigning La Liga champions are plotting to end their rival’s six-game winning streak, but face a tough test with Luis Enrique’s men on a fine run of form.
Barcelona currently trail rivals Real Madrid by only a single goal in this season’s Spanish league table and have beaten just once in their last 18 outings in all competitions.
Enrique’s free scoring outfit have triumphed in all six of their previous fixtures, including a 3-1 league success over their cup opponents, as well as their first leg cup coup. They are available at 18/1 to secure victory by the same scoreline in their latest cup clash.
Barca have been in great goalscoring form but have also excelled defensively, keeping four clean sheets on the bounce, and are 29/10 to win to nil, having done so in their last four games.
However, the home side have shown a dominant streak in the capital this term, losing on just one occasion in an incredible 28 fixtures in all competitions at the Vicente Calderon. Simeone’s superb side are 6/1 to win and both teams to score.
Antoine Griezmann is Atleti’s in-form forward, striking a delightful double as the Spanish champions responded to their first leg defeat with a 3-1 triumph over Rayo Vallecano.
The ferocious Frenchman is ready to inspire a comeback for his team after becoming the club’s top scorer with 10 league goals, and is 2/1 to net anytime in the cup.
Former Premier League frontman Fernando Torres has made a rampant return to his boyhood club, scoring twice against Real Madrid in the previous round. The revitalised striker has been touted for a return to international football with Spain by current coach Vincent del Bosque and is 15/8 to net anytime.
Barcelona were beaten by Carlo Ancelotti’s Galacticos in last season’s cup final, but will be aiming to go one further this campaign, beginning with a victory over Atletico this week. Enqrique’s men are 15/8 to claim the La Liga title this year.