Barcelona v Real Madrid Odds
2nd Leg - Camp Nou - Tue 3rd May 2011
|BARCELONA||1 - 1||REAL MADRID|
|Pedro '54||(0) - (0)||Marcello '64|
|Ref: F De Bleekere (BEL)|
A second half Lionel Messi brace gave Barcelona a valuable 2-0 away win in Madrid in a fiery Champions League semi-final first leg match. Barca had dominated posession without creating too much before Real midfielder Pepe was sent off for a challenge on Dani Alves. Real manager Jose Mourinho was also dismissed to the stands, before Lionel Messi opened the scoring from close range. The diminutive midfielder then scored a goal of pure quality to give Barcelona what looks like an unassailable lead to take back with them to the Camp Nou ahead of next Tuesday's second leg. The bookmakers certainly seem to think so, as they go odds on Barca will win the second leg and qualify with ease.
The Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Real Madrid is set to be a real firecracker as these two Spanish giants go head to head for a place in a Wembley final in May. It's no suprise that Barcelona are the favourites to qualify for the final as they continue to head the betting for the Champions League outright. Barcelona have had the best of things in the League in recent seasons and have to play Real Madrid three times domestically before this semi-final first leg.
Both teams qualified for the semi-final with ease, Barcelona beating Shakhtar Donetsk 6-1 on aggregate and Real Madrid coming past Tottenham 5-0 over the two legs.
Barcelona have been beaten in this season's competition, losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the first leg of their last sixteen clash with the Gunners, whilst Real Madrid are unbeaten and have yet to concede a goal at the Bernabeu in this year's campaign.
The bookmakers make the winner of this semi-final tie likely to go on and lift the trophy in May, so this match is crucial to both sides.
Barcelona v Real Madrid 2nd Leg Betting
Barcelona are odds on to qualify for the Champions League final and also odds on to win the second leg at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
|REAL MADRID||0 - 1||BARCELONA|
|(0) - (0)||Messi '76 '87|
|Ref: W Stark (GER)|
Barcelona's 1-0 win in the Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League quarter-final was only their second away win of the season in the competition. Pep Guardiola's teams home form however has been very impressive, winning all of their matches in the Champions League season at the Nou Camp and scoring 17 goals in the process.
Real Madrid Form
Real Madrid have also played well at home, winning all of their matches at the Bernabeu, scoring fifteen goals and not conceding any! In fact, Jose Mourinho's side have yet to be beaten in this season's competition.