Event Date: January 15, 2013 21:00 CET
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It has been known from quite some time that Real Madrid are out of the Primera Division title race. In fact, even finishing second seems like a tall order for a side that amassed a massive 100 points and was crowned the Champions of Spain just eight months ago.
Having seen his side surrender their title so easily, coach Jose Mourinho knows that the only thing that could save his job is winning as much silverware as possible between now and May. As a result, he is expected to take cup competitions very seriously and will prepare his men to win at all costs when they take on Valencia in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg later tonight.
Moreover, despite their mixed performances so far this season, Los Che have a very solid home record of seven wins in 10 games. It means that Real cannot afford to procrastinate when it comes to killing off this tie and therefore, they should perform to the best of their abilities in this fixture rather than saving themselves for the return leg.
These two teams met in the league back in August at Santiago Bernabeau in the very first round of the 2012/13 season. The visitors managed to escape with a draw at that time, thanks to Jonas’ equaliser. However, a repeat of another result of that kind is unlikely this time.
Backing Real Madrid -1.5 goals with Ladbrokes at odds of 1.89 is the smart play here.