Spanish Copa Del Rey Quarter Finals - 2nd Leg - Malaga vs. Barcelona - Odds

The upcoming Copa del Rey (Spanish King's Cup) quarterfinal second leg match between Malaga and Barcelona taking place on January 24th at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga looks to be a treat.

In the first game at Camp Nou in Barcelona on January 16th, 2013 the score was 2-2. Malaga stood up to the mighty hosts and tied the game in the 90th minute while playing with 10 men for a good chunk of the 2nd half. This ended Barcelona's seven game winning streak. The two teams also met in the league a few days earlier on January 13th in Malaga where Barcelona won with the score of 1-3.

Copa del Rey - Quarterfinal match - 2nd leg - Malaga vs. Barcelona

The interesting thing is that Barcelona suffered their 1st league loss of the season to Real Sociedad (3-2) three days after the cup match with Malaga. This is their first league loss since the spring of 2012. In the same time, Malaga surprisingly only tied Celta Vigo 1-1 at home.

How will the two teams recover from the weekend and play this coming Thursday? At the bookies Barcelona are heavy favourites.

Malaga: 7/1
Draw: 7/2
Barcelona: 2/5

This means that a $100 bet on Malaga would yield a total profit of $700 while a $250 wager on Barcelona, the 2011/2012 Copa del Rey champions, would yield $100.

In the La Liga (Spanish League), Malaga are in 5th place after 20 matches with 32 points while Barcelona are in 1st place with 55 points. Malaga have the best defence in the league this year having conceded only 17 goals while Barcelona have scored the most, 66 goals.

It should also be noted that both Malaga and Barcelona breezed through the UEFA Champions League Group Stage this season. Malaga came on top of a tough group featuring Milan, Zenit and Anderlecht with 3 wins and 3 draws while Barcelona came on top of their group ahead of Celtic, Benfica and Spartak Moskva with 4 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss.

The winner of the upcoming Copa del Rey match most likely faces Real Madrid, who won their first leg game vs. Valencia at home with the score of 2-0.

Will we be seeing another El Clasico or will Malaga beat the odds?

This should be a great match.