Today’s top football prediction comes from the Spanish Copa del Rey semi-final match between Real and Atletico. The capital city’s best two clubs will decide the finalist over a two-legged affair. Of course, the hosts aim for a victory while keeping a clean sheet, but Atletico have proven to be a rather serious opponent this season as they lead the La Liga standings with a 3-point advantage over both Barca and Real.
Last season, it was Atletico that defeated Real in the Cup Final, and they also beat them in the league this season. Both matches took place at the venue that would host tonight’s encounter – Santiago Bernabeu. It’s certain that Real will be motivated to the fullest going into this game as they would want to take revenge for these last two defeats. Good news for them is that Ronaldo will be available as the red card he received in their last game against Athletic Bilbao does not affect the Cup competition.
An interesting moment about this Real v Atletico prediction on February 5th, 2014 is that it’s Ronaldo’s birthday today and given that, the odds on him to score the first goal in the game are set at 3.75. The odds on the Golden Ball winner to score at anytime are 1.80.
The other betting markets for this Spanish Copa del Rey prediction offer some good deals as well. Real provide a good value for the win at 1.80, while the draw is rated at 3.75. The away win seems quite unlikely and bet365 pays it off at 4.20.
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Prediction: All in all, we expect a dynamic match with chances for both sides. The Goal/Goal at 1.72 should come through and the game should also produce at least three goals. Ronaldo to score at any time on his birthday combined with a win for Real looks good too.