Real Madrid’s dreams of an historic 22/1 treble are very much alive as spring approaches and after seeing off city rivals Atletico with ease in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, the Bernabeu giants are taken to repeat the dose in the return fixture at 21/20.
Real Madrid have won 12 of their last 13 games, while their neighbours come into this match off the back of successive defeats.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are building momentum in Spain, having drawn level at the top of La Liga with Atleti and Barcelona.
Los Blancos have won five of their last six in La Liga, while their competitors have only managed three victories apiece in the division since returning from their winter breaks.
With one foot already in the final of the Copa del Rey, Ancelotti will be keen for his side to confirm their dominance over Diego Simeone’s shock title contenders.
Real have won their last seven at the Vicente Calderon.
Los Colchoneros may have got the better of their illustrious fellow Madrilenos on a couple of occasions in 2013, but Real have enjoyed a tremendous record against Atleti over the past 15 years.
Prior to last season’s Copa del Rey final, Los Merengues had won eleven out of eleven against their red and white rivals, including all of their away matches since 2007.
Indeed, should Simeone’s side defy their 9/4 outsider status and gain some consolation with a victory, it will be only their third against their neighbours since 1999.
Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez have scored nine goals between them in Los Blancos’ last seven games.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite at 7/2 to bag the opener and while the Portuguese’s phenomenal tally of 31 goals in 26 La Liga and Champions League games this term makes him an outstanding choice, there could be value garnered from the wealth of striking talent within the Bernabeu ranks.
French centre-forward Benzema has bagged five goals in his last six games in all competitions and may be worth a nibble at 6/1, while all of Jese’s La Liga strikes have been Real’s last in their respective matches, making the youngster cracking value to round off proceedings at 7/1.