Copa del Rey final: Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao latest odds, news and free bets

We might be close to the start of Euro 2012, although there is still the small matter of the 2012 Copa del Rey final this coming Friday, with Barcelona hoping to end the season with a trophy

The Catalan club were favourites to claim the La Liga title and the Champions League trophy although Real Madrid and Chelsea foiled them on those respective fronts and Pep Guardiola will now hope to bow out with a final victory.

Barcelona are a best price 1/3 (Stan James free bets) to claim victory in this match which will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu, the home of arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Barca beat Valencia 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-final and will be confident of sealing a win against a team who finished a long way behind them in the table, although Chelsea demonstrated last weekend that upsets can happen.

In addition, Athletic Bilbao are an offensive team who are likely to serve it up to their illustrious opponents, with Marcelo Bielsa’s team having done exactly that when beating Manchester United home and away in the Europa League earlier this term.

Los Leones were devastated to lose the 2012 Europa League final so meekly when Atletico Madrid cruised to an easy win two weeks ago, although there is now the chance to make history by beating Barcelona and some will like the 9/1 (BetVictor free bets) that this happens.

David Villa was touted to make a potential return for this match, although the Spanish forward won’t play again until the start of next season and it will be Lionel Messi hoping to sign off for the summer with an impressive performance.

Messi has had another incredible season and odds of 12/5 (Betfred bookmaker) about him scoring first make appeal, although Athletic have a talented marksman of their own and Fernando Llorente knows all about his international team-mates. Indeed, Villa’s absence means he is likely to start for Spain at Euro 2012.

With two attacking teams likely to be fielded, perhaps we will see plenty of goals, with the sides playing out a 2-2 draw last November before Barca won 2-0 at Camp Nou in March. Over 2.5 Goals can be backed at 2/5 although the 11/10 about Over 3.5 Goals also looks appealing.

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