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Real to be leading at half time and then to draw @ 12/1
Ronaldo or Messi – First Goal both @ 4/1

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Real Madrid v Barcelona

Schalke were disappointingly poor, Carrick performed his holding roll well and United need only a solid performance at home to confirm their place in the final. The comparison between Rooney and Zidane in today’s papers is ridiculous on many levels and the German side were exposed at the weak-link we all suspected they were all along. Let’s just hope tonight’s Champions League offering is a little more competitive.

I’d like to say it most certainly will be but Barcelona’s 5-0 romp earlier in the season makes one pause before predicting this latest El Classico will indeed be a classico. 5-0, 1-1 and then 1-0 after extra time? Are we in danger of having too much of a good thing with these two? It would be a little churlish to suggest that the most entertaining part of the Copa Del Rey final was watching Sergio Ramos drop the cup under the wheels of their team bus but the game had the air of one in which each side knew the other just a little too well. Will that be an issue tonight, especially given the generally tentative nature of a first leg match?

The answer, as with all attempts to predict the future, is something we’ll have to wait to find out but the signs are there that this is going to be something of a cagey, tactical battle between the managers, rather than an unshackled free-for-all between some of the best players in the world. I’m plumping for something along the lines of their last two meetings, plenty of attacking play and a close scoreline but perhaps with a few more goals. 2-2 at 12/1 is a decent price and a not completely unlikely outcome.

One apparent blow for Barcelona is the absence of Andres Iniesta but if Guardiola is looking to keep things tight at the Bernabeu then having Busquets and Mascherano protecting the backline will help to do just that. Kaka’s performance against Valencia at the weekend suggests he’s getting back to his marauding best and having someone there to stop his runs will prove very useful. Higuain is also returning to top form and his finishing ability makes him a good bet to score first at 15/2 if he starts. Ronaldo is the 4/1 joint favourite of course but I’d rather plump for Messi at the same price if choosing between the two.

Barcelona arguably had the better of the last two El Classicos but this being a two-legged affair changes the dynamic a little and Guardiola will be happy to return to the Camp Nou with a draw and some away goals. The draw at 23/10 is the most sensible bet but with these players almost anything could happen, let’s just hope it’s entertaining.

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