KING OF THE CARDS Gavin Murphy (@GamePlanGavin) tackles Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey clash from the Camp Nou.
Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao | Wednesday 20.30
It’s the second leg of the Copa Del Rey quarter-finals and Barcelona will look to progress to the next stage of the competition at the expense of Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou.
Barca are 2-1 up from the first leg in the Basque Country and that first encounter was quite naughty with plenty of cards – I expect more needle here.
My only fear is the Catalans blow Athletic away but even that might play into our hands as the visitors could easily get the hump.
I hope Neymar plays as he irritates the Basques, who seemingly haven’t forgiven his ‘rainbow kick’ and general showboating in the Super Cup showdown between the two last season.
I was sorely tempted to recommend Athletic to receive a red card in this game but, at the time of writing, I cannot see anyone pricing it up. William Hill are going 13/8 on Any Red Card but that’s a bit skinny.
The referee is Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez. He averages 6.18 cards-per-game in La Liga and I noticed that he sent Bilbao player Aymeric Laporte off when he officiated them against Rayo Vallecano in November.
This referee has dished out four red cards in 11 games and will do well to keep his cards in his pocket.
Over Bookings 65 Points at 21/20 looks good value and I’m backing it with William Hill.
If you’re new to Bookings Points, a yellow card earns 10 points and a red card earns 25 points. If a player receives 2 yellow cards and is consequently shown a red card, he receives a total of 35 booking points.
Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao – Over 65 Bookings Points (21/20 William Hill)
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