Real Madrid are tipped to return to their winning ways in their Copa del Rey clash with city rivals Atletico Madrid. Looking at odds from the best bookies one would think the visitors play against a lower placed La Liga team, not the reigning champions, who were able to produce upsets in recent history.
Real Madrid started the year off with a defeat, against Valencia and somehow only Gareth Bale’s miss was mentioned as one of the reasons. Not the fact that Real weren’t as fast as they used to be, weren’t as creative as before, and missing Modric more than they let it show. Tipsters point towards a draw as the result of the first leg, even if Real Madrid have failed to win against Atletico in three different occasions last year. But Real already lost two matches in a row, which is why chances are Carlo Ancelotti will not compromise or rest any important players.
Against Valencia, Real lacked pressure and man marking form their backline; their passing could also improve in the last two training sessions they had this week, and Navas is expected to put in a better performance than Casillas. On the other hand, for Atletico there is Moya, a very in-form Griezmann, a very clinical Mandzukic and of course, the return of their superhero, their El Nino, Chelsea and AC Milan flop Fernando Torres. Perhaps La Liga will suit him best and Diego Simeone is a mastermind in tactical play and he might flourish.
Atletico Madrid will want to avenge that 0-5 defeat on aggregate from last year’s Copa del Rey, and to their advantage also speaks the fact that this season they have only one loss at home, a 1-0 defeat to Villarreal. Los Colchoneros only have Miranda under doubt and will look forward to Diego Godin’s expertise in the backline to stop Madrid’s attacks. Arda Turan and Gabi are also in a magnificent form in the midfield, which is enough to battle it out with the likes of Kroos or James.
Both teams always provide interesting matches each and every time they are pitted against each other. If both will throw caution to the wind expect goals on both sides. Bet365 favors Real Madrid to win with 2.10 odds, Atletico got 3.50 exactly the same as a draw. Under 2.5 goals has 1.95 odds, Cristiano to score has 1.90 odds, Benzema 2.37, Mandzukic 2.60, Bale and James 2.75, Griezmann and Jimenez 2.87 and Fernando Torres has 3.25 odds in the same market. Real Madrid to win either half has 1.57 odds, Atletico 2.10 and we’re going to bet 5 units on both teams to score in the second half with 3.25 odds from Bet365.
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