Catalan club are the favourites to win cup after already securing La Liga title
The curtain call on the Spanish season will take place this coming Saturday evening (25 May) when newly crowned La Liga champions Barcelona play Valencia. Barça are of course the favourites but Valencia can come into the match in high spirits, having secured a top four finish and Champions League football next season after winning their final three league matches of the season.
First things first
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Where should I be investing my money?
First up, there is simply no denying that Barcelona are the strongest team in Spain by some distance after they won the league title by an incredible 11-point margin. They won 26 of their matches, losing just three times and scored a fantastic 90 goals while leaking at a rate of less than a goal a game.
But Valencia will be far from a pushover on Saturday evening. They can come into this final full of confidence after seeing off both Getafe and Sevilla on the final weekend of the league campaign to secure fourth place and a berth in next season’s edition of the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona the clear favourites for cup triumph
Nevertheless, it is Barcelona who come into this match as the red hot favourites to lift the cup come the final whistle. You can back the league champions to win inside 90 minutes at just 1.50, while Valencia are out at 6.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.00, according to Oddsshark.
Alternatively, you can make a more straightforward bet based on who will win the trophy, and again it is Barcelona who are the clear favourites. The Catalans come in at just 1.25, while Valencia are out at 3.75 to win the cup.
And while Valencia may well be able to put up some resistance for part of the 90 minutes, there is no just getting g away from the stark reality that Barcelona boast a far more technically superior side, and we are fully expecting them to win this cup final inside 90 minutes. It is of course never easy trying to predict the exact score line in any football match, but a 3-1 victory for Barça is priced competitively at 11.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, and looks to be worth backing when you consider who is in the starting line-up for each side.
Such a result would then also allow you to back over 2.5 goals in the game, which comes in at just 1.53, as well as both teams to score, which is only slightly higher at 1.61. Therefore, in an attempt to boost any possible winnings from this clash you may wish to consider combo betting, which allows you to select multiple outcomes at higher odds.
For example, you could almost triple your money by backing a combo bet of a Barça win, coupled with both teams to score, at 2.75, while a Barcelona victory and over 3.5 goals in the game is higher still, at 3.20. You may also bet on the total number of goals in the game, with under two out at 5.00, two or three dropping down to 2.10 and over three goals in the match rising slightly to 2.25.
Given the fact that Barça are on for a domestic double we believe there is a strong chance that they will come racing out of the blocks, going in search of an early goal both to give them the advantage as well as to put a serious dent in Valencia’s resistance. It may therefore be a good idea to back over 0.5 goals in the first 10 minutes at 3.75, while Barça are at 6.00 to be ahead by the end of that time period.
This is a game that Barcelona really should be dominating, almost from first whistle to last. You can more than double your money by backing Barça to score in both halves at 2.10, while you can more than quadruple it by backing the Catalans to actually go out and win both halves at a price of 3.75.
Copa del Rey final:
Saturday, 25 May
(1.50) Barcelona x Valencia (6.00); draw (4.00)