Athletic Club vs Barcelona 05/30/2015 Copa Del Rey Final Preview, Odds and Prediction
Barcelona vs Athletic Club
Saturday 30th May 2015 20:30(GMT)
The Line: Athletic Club 12/1 Draw 6/1 Barcelona 1/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: sky sports; bein sports
The Copa Del Rey final live from the nou Camp will see Atheltic Club take on Barcelona. Barcelona look to win the second leg of a possible treble after they won the La Liga title two weeks ago and have the Champions League final coming up next weekend. With Messi, Suarez and Neymar this is a Barcelona team full of attacking intent, Rakitic and Iniesta have been pulling the strings from midfield for that front three that are so lethal and who combined for over eighty league goals this season. With Messi in your team you always have a solid chance and the little Argentine has been sensational this season as he tries to regain the Balon D'or from Ronaldo.
Atheltic Club though are one of the few teams in La Liga that will not be intimidated by Barcelona, even in the Nou Camp although for me this one should be in a neutral venue. Having it in the Nou Camp is a little ridiculous when Barcelona are involved. But either way Athletic have a relateively decent record against Barcelona recently they have lost the last three meetings but won one and drew one in their last five. WIth Aduritz up front Ernest Valverde will be looking to keep things tight and get the ball up to their inform front man. Benat and Axtexe will be charged with getting forward to support the lone front man who will spend his time occupying Pique and Mascherano.
This one is tough to call, Barcelona are deserved favourites but 1/5? I think those odds are prohibitive to say the last. Getting Athletic Club +2 on the handicap does look a really solid bet to me but the one I like most of all is Athletic Club+1 on the first half handicap. I think this will be tigher than the bookmakers are marking it up and on a Saturday that is full of cup finals we should sit back and enjoy this one.