Copa del Rey Quarterfinal Odds: Atletico Madrid vs. BarcelonaPublished January 28, 2015 by Amir G
Barcelona arrive at Madrid to defend their 1-0 lead against Atletico in the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final (20:00 UK time).
All eyes will be on the Vincente Calderon stadium in Madrid tonight as home team Atletico Madrid host Barcelona for the second Copa del Rey quarter-final leg (20:00 UK time). Barcelona is carrying a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Camp Nou, achieved by a late Lionel Messi rebound from a missed penalty kick.
Pressure on Atletico
With the Catalan lead, Atletico Madrid is the pressured side today, although the team is known to be very hard to beat at home. Atletico is managing to stay relevant in the La Liga title chase, ranked third in the table with 44 points, 3 points away from Barcelona and 4 from neighbors Real Madrid.
For tonight's game, Atletico will have some notable absentees the likes of Koke, Tiago and Diego Godin who was suspended, but the team will count on talented defender Jose Maria Gimenez. The front will also be interesting – look for prolific goalscorers Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic, and perhaps El Nino Fernando Torres who'll look to make an impression.
Barcelona Out for Revenge
While Barcelona's got the lead, they will be pressured as well due to Atletico's home advantage and the slippery 1-0 lead. But the Catalans are hungry for revenge tonight as Atletico Madrid has been responsible for many of their problems and heartbreaks in the last year, namely dropping them out of the Champions League last season and shoving them aside for taking the La Liga title.
Barcelona will be encouraged by their 6-0 thrashing of Elche on Saturday and will most likely try to shock Atletico right from the beginning and put the game to sleep with an early goal – this could present a good betting opportunity.
The match will be covered at Winner Sports which will offer in-play betting markets as the action unfolds. Pre-match full time result odds gave 12/5 to Atletico, 23/20 to Barcelona and 12/5 for a draw. Also look for a "Yes" bet on Both Teams to Score (3/4). Don't miss out on this thriller!