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Five reasons why Barcelona will batter Bilbao in Copa del Rey final

Barca have already done a La Liga double of their Basque opponents in the Copa del Rey final, which takes place in their own stadium; the Nou Camp.

Barcelona are a best odds-on price of 1/8 with Betfred to lift the Copa del Rey in their own stadium against massive 7/1 outsiders Athletic Bilbao (at Betway).

While that is not the most rewarding value, when punters look into specific reasons why Barca are a sure-fire bet to seal yet another Spanish cup success they can uncover some hidden gems. And that is what have done for you.

Catalans crushed Basques three years ago in final
These two have met relatively recently in the Copa del Rey final of 2012, with Barcelona cruising to a 3-0 victory. That result is par for the course for Luis Enrique’s men, and a repeat scoreline is a top-price 15/2 chance with Paddy Power.

Nifty Neymar
Brazil captain and talisman Neymar is obviously short at a best of evens with Coral in the anytime market after three in three career appearances against Bilbao. He bagged a brace when last facing the Basques in the Nou Camp, however, so is well-worth considering for two goals or more again at a top-price of 5/1 with the same firm.

Magnificent Messi
Another name in Barca’s stellar front three, Argentina icon Messi has netted 56 goals in 55 outings for the Catalan club this term. Anyone who averages a goal per game is going to be an odds-on anytime chance, but here’s something you may not know.

Messi has netted last on six occasions against Athletic, and that makes top odds of 13/5 on offer at William Hill for him to round off the scoring once more very tempting indeed.

Forgotten man Pedro
Although Luis Suarez usually occupies the other striking berth in Barcelona’s front three of all the talents, it would be wrong of Enrique and punters alike to ignore Spain winger Pedro Rodriguez.

He was the star in the Copa del Rey final of three years ago, bagging a brace, and has also scored against Bilbao already this term. Pedro, compared to the South American stars who may be in front of him in the Nou Camp pecking order nowadays, is nonetheless brilliant anytime value at a best-price of 13/10 with

Missing Muniain
Bilbao’s best asset Iker Muniain is unlikely to play again in 2015 after sustaining a serious knee ligament earlier this season, and was the Basque boys’ goal hero when they last upset Barca. Without him, the best they can muster is veteran striker Aritz Aduriz, a 4/1 anytime chance with Coral, who admittedly does have two in his last three against the Catalans.

In the absence of a real Athletic attacking X-factor, Barcelona are 11/10 with both Boylesports and Paddy Power to win to nil.

Betting tip: Messi scores last @ 13/5 with William Hill.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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