Copa del Rey Round of 16 Betting Picks and Predictions for Thursday

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Elche CF vs. Real Madrid

Thursday, January 20, 2022 – 01:00 PM EST at Martínez Valero

Form, Mentality, Copa del Rey Trends

  • Elche are unbeaten in 5 of their last 6 Copa del Rey encounters
  • Elche concede an average of 0.33 goals during Copa del Rey games
  • Real Madrid have won 5 of their previous 6 meetings with Elche since 2014

Madrid Make Space in the Trophy Cabinet

Fresh of their Spanish Super Cup trophy lifting game versus Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish giants Real Madrid travel to Elche in an attempt to claim their position in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Los Blancos are proud owners of 19 Copa del Rey trophies, but they’ve been presented with more important outings during this tournament in recent years, and the cup has evaded their grasp since 2014.

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Sitting in the first position of the La Liga table with a place booked in the final-16 stage of the Champions League, we know where Carlo Ancelotti’s priorities will lay. With that said, we shouldn’t expect Ancelotti to pass up on his team’s potential to accomplish a treble of silverware this term.

Elche doesn’t possess the same rich history as their opponents. Still, the relegation zone fighting team of La Liga has delivered positive results of late, lifting their league position from danger to 15th place.

Final Thoughts | Copa del Rey Round of 16 Odds and Picks

Elche manager Francisco will gladly own the underdog role on Thursday, and Los Franjiverdes always manage to keep Real Madrid on their toes with tightly fought contests. However, we cannot look beyond the success of the traveling side, which tends to secure victories with or without a full-strength squad.

Expect Ancelotti to rotate his team, but even the top sportsbooks aren’t worried about Madrid’s probability of victory with a low-valued price on them. The Real Madrid moneyline odds aren’t tempting enough to lay money down, but if we give Elche a chance of scoring, we can find positive value.

Score Prediction: Elche 1 – Real Madrid 2

Copa del Rey Pick: Real Madrid to Win + BTTS (-105) [1.95] [1.05u wager returns 1u] at Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)

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Athletic Bilbao vs. FC Barcelona

Thursday, January 20, 2022 – 03:30 PM EST at San Mames

Form, Mentality, Copa del Rey Trends

  • Barcelona have scored 2 or more goals in their previous 3 Copa del Rey games
  • Barcelona have won 3 consecutive games in their domestic
  • Bilbao have scored an average of 2.00 goals in the Copa del Rey

Bilbao Can’t Defend Their Fortress

At one of the most critical times of the season, Athletic Bilbao are suffering from a severe drop in form. Marcelino Garcia Toral’s squad have won a mere 1 game in their last 5 La Liga meetings and recently lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

Having reached the Copa del Rey final for two consecutive seasons since 2020, the Basque outfit will be eager to extend their historic success in the competition – lifting the Spanish trophy on 23 occasions. However, defensive problems in Bilbao are evident, especially on home turf, where they’ve conceded 7 goals in their last 8 home games.

Barcelona dismantled Bilbao in last season’s Copa del Rey final (4-0), and they’re the only other team with more Copa del Rey successes than their opponents this Thursday. While Barcelona did struggle early in the season, their run since the arrival of Xavi has been positive – losing just 1 of their last 9 road trips.

Final Thoughts | Copa del Rey Round of 16 Odds and Picks

Substantial value is found on the visiting side, where most bookmakers have an attractive plus-money price on the Catalan giants. I expect both teams to score, but with two questionable defenses, I’d prefer to back the goal-scoring efforts of Barcelona to take a win within 90 minutes.

Score Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 1 – Barcelona 2

Copa del Rey Pick: Barcelona to Win ML (+115) [2.15] [1u wager returns 1.15u of profit] at Everygame

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