Betting news: Real favourites despite recent heartbreak

Betting news: Real favourites despite recent heartbreak

Copa del Rey final facts and figures

Real Madrid take on Atletico de Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Colchoneros come into the game flying high at the top of La Liga and having the upper hand on the hosts in recent games. Los Blancos were beaten on their own turf in last season’s final by Diego Simeone’s men. It was their first win over Real for 14 years, stretching back to 1999.

Proving that the Copa del Ret final win was no fluke, Atletico beat Los Blancos at the Bernabeu in La Liga back in September, inflicting a first defeat as boss for Carlo Ancelotti.

Despite the setbacks in recent times, Los Blancos go into the game tonight as favourites at 10/11. Ancelotti seems to have found the right system, and the defence, breached just once in nine games, will be a tough nut to crack. The visitors are backed at 11/4 to win, while a draw is available at 13/5.

With Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa on the pitch tonight, there is potential for goals galore. But three of the last four Madrid derbies have produced under 2.5 goals, so that may be tempting for punters at 10/11.