The Betting Odds are Ready to Pay Out on Barca!

This was yet more football betting drama in La Liga.

Football games and results which showed why Barcelona are romping to the title, why the race to beat the drop is unpredictable and why Cristiano Ronaldo used a mobile phone as a mirror!

Getafe 2-2 Athletic Bilbao

I said pre-match the last result either of these sides wanted was a draw!

So there was a certain guarantee that’s exactly what it would be.

Two goals apiece, a penalty apiece (plus a saved spot-kick), and Getafe showing their character as they twice fought back from behind, earning a point through Angel Rodriguez’s 74th-minute equaliser.

RCD Espanyol 0-3 Sevilla

It’s been a good few days for Sevilla and their new boss Vincenzo Montella.

After a disappointing start to his tenure, this comprehensive victory—secured by goals from Franco Vazquez, Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel—sealed a first La Liga victory for the Italian.

Coming just three days after their Copa del Rey triumph at Atletico Madrid, this was a fitting way to clinch the club’s 1,000th La Liga victory.

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Girona

Disaster for Atletico as their already faint title hopes were ended by plucky Girona.

Portu’s composed finish 16 minutes from time cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s opener.

Los Colchoneros now need to focus on their midweek Copa del Rey tie—they trail Sevilla 2-1 ahead of their quarter-final second leg—to save their season.

Villarreal 2-1 Levante

Up to the heady heights of fourth, albeit temporary, for Villarreal.

The outcome was never in doubt once Denis Cheryshev had doubled the hosts lead six minutes after the restart.

Levante continue to battle and that could be their saving grace in an increasingly tense battle to beat the drop.

Las Palmas 2-1 Valencia

Viva Los Amarillos!

Few saw this coming. Clearly, Valencia didn’t as their frustrations got the better of them and finished the match with just nine men.

This win for the hosts was huge and lifted Las Palmas off the bottom at a bouncing Estadio Gran Canaria.

Alaves 2-2 Leganes

It’s another decent point for Alaves, but they will know it should have been so much more.

A rousing start to the second half saw them lead 2-0 and only when Gabriel Appelt Pires reduced the arrears from the penalty spot 15 minutes from time did home nerves surface.

A second booking for Rodrigo Ely with three minutes remaining unsettled them further and Joseba Zaldua levelled moments later to earn Leganes a point they scarcely deserved—although Alaves only had themselves to blame.

Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo La Coruna

This was quite a way to get back to winning ways.

Those in the Bernabeu could have been forgiven for thinking “here we go again” when relegation-threatened Deportivo took the lead.

But Real hit back with Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nacho all grabbing a brace and Luka Modric also on target.

Ronaldo even had time to check out, via a mobile phone, the facial injury he sustained as he scored his second and Real’s sixth.

Real Sociedad 1-2 Celta Vigo

Iago Aspas (penalty) and Maxi Gomez were the men on target as Celta Vigo came from behind to see off Sociedad.

It moved them up to seventh and earned what could be a vital win in San Sebastian.

Frustrating for Sociedad who were the better side for long spells and also missed a first-half penalty.

Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona

Betis had nothing to lose and that showed as they more than matched the unbeaten leaders during a closely contested first half.

Then came a dominant second-half showing in which the Catalans scored five times without reply to move 11 points clear at the top.

That included Luis Suarez’s 99th and 100th La Liga goals.

The bad news for Barca’s rivals? They still have Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele to come back in!

Eibar 1-1 Malaga

A decent result for Malaga but, in truth, wasn’t ideal for either side.

The Andalusians, who opened the scoring through Youssef En-Nesyri, ended the weekend in bottom spot after the shock Las Palmas victory.

High-flying Eibar, who restored parity through Kike Garcia, missed the chance to close the gap on the Euro chasers.

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Are You Ready for All-Out Battle in the Spain Cup?

Copa del Rey QF

After the surprising results of the first leg football games, the Spain Cup is bound to get more exciting.

Sure enough, the spotlight will be on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid as they both look to get the betting odds swinging back in their direction. The two Spanish giants are favoured to move on to the next round on betting websites, but make no mistake; Espanyol and Sevilla won’t be a walk in the park!

Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid (2-1 on agg.)

A pair of goals from Jesus Navas and Joaquin Correa in the last ten minutes saw Sevilla cancel Diego Costa’s opener and upset Atletico Madrid 1-2 in the first leg at Wanda Metropolitano. Now, the Sevillista’s will look to get the job done at the typically raucous Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Costa remains a threat for Sevilla and should be able to find the back of the net again. However, Vincenzo Montella’s men are playing solidly at home and are expected to make life hard for the Rojiblancos. If you’re punting, Sevilla Draw No Bet @ 2.06 is the way to go.

Alaves vs Valencia (1-2 on agg.)

Their meeting last week saw Valencia trail Alaves at the hour. Nonetheless, while it was an entertaining encounter, the Oranges have proven how dominant they can be when they find their stride. Both Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo were on target in the second-half as they completed a comeback victory to take a deserved lead in this return fixture.

Alaves will find some hope from the fact that Valencia are struggling on the road recently, but it should be noted that Marcelino’s outfit has defeated the Babazorros in six of their past seven head to head. Go for Valencia -0.50 @ 2.03.

Real Madrid vs Leganes (1-0 on agg.)

Los Blancos had to wait for Marco Asensio’s last-gasp winner to beat Leganes. Hence, it’s clear they need more attacking quality if they want to secure their semi-finals ticket safely.

It remains to be seen if any from the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will start this time, though Real Madrid will still fancy their chances considering that Leganes haven’t won an away game since October. Real Madrid at -2.00 @ 1.82 is a risky but worthwhile proposition.

Barcelona vs RCD Espanyol (0-1 on agg.)

Barcelona’s first defeat of the season in the hands of Espanyol was the talk of the town last Thursday. In a day that Lionel Messi missed a penalty, Los Periquitos struck late to break the hearts of Barca fans.

All is not lost for Barcelona, of course. Their 5-0 demolition of Espanyol at Camp Nou last September and their Copa del Rey performance against Celta Vigo earlier this month are reasons for optimism.

Not to mention that Philippe Coutinho could make his debut for the club after being sidelined due to a thigh injury. Considering all these, expect Barcelona to have a hot start and beat a First Half Asian Handicap -1.00 that pays at 1.78.

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Pique extends Barca stay

Barcelona have confirmed defender Gerard Pique has agreed a new contract that will see him stay at the Camp Nou until 2022.

The 30-year-old has played 422 games for the Catalan giants since rejoining the current La Liga frontrunners from Manchester United in 2008.

Experienced centre-back Pique has managed to win more than 20 honours at Barca, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies.

The new contract also includes a 500m euro (£440m) buyout clause and is likely to see the Barcelona-born star see out the remainder of his playing career with his beloved Bluagrana.

Barca currently find themselves cruising towards this season's La Liga title, as they sit nine points clear of second place Atletico Madrid in the table.

Meanwhile arch rivals Real Madrid find themselves struggling down in fourth place in the standings and a remarkable 19 points behind champions elect Barcelona.

Barca are 6/1 to win the Champions League this season, while Real are 8/1 to put their domestic woes aside and retain their European crown this term.

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This Football Betting is Hotting Up!

Football games are hotting up in La Liga.

Hot at the bottom and at the top where Barcelona are overwhelming football betting favourites to claim the top prize.

WEEK 20 SATURDAY:

Getafe vs Athletic Bilbao

What either of these sides won’t want is a draw!

With both on the fringes of European spots, three points would be so welcome.

The Basque club will have been boosted by the agreement to sign Cristian Ganea, the Romanian international, who will arrive this summer.

RCD Espanyol vs Sevilla

Few saw Sevilla’s defeat at Alaves coming and they will be ill-advised to take Espanyol for granted either.

Vincenzo Montella has had a disappointing start to his tenure but Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores has his own troubles.

Jeered by some of his own supporters last weekend, it will be interesting to see if Flores’s decision to stay put and not return to the English Premier League with Stoke City will be appreciated.

Atletico Madrid vs Girona

In putting six past bottom club Las Palmas last weekend without reply, Girona catapulted themselves into the race for a European spot.

Still, they will be massive underdogs at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano against second-placed Atletico who simply have to win every match in the hope of clawing back a nine-point deficit to leaders Barcelona.

New recruits Diego Costa and Vitolo will boost the confident hosts.

WEEK 20 SUNDAY:

Villarreal vs Levante

After winning in Bernabeu, their first ever triumph in the capital venue, Villarreal will be buzzing.

They are now only a point behind the reigning champions, albeit having played a game more, and are up to fifth spot.

Battling Levante will not be brushed aside easily, however.

Las Palmas vs Valencia

It’s a miserable time to be connected with Las Palmas.

They are bottom, have just been drubbed by La Liga debutants Girona and Valencia, and are seemingly on a downward spiral.

Valencia have consolidated third spot on merit and Los Che will want to avoid any surprises.

Alaves vs Leganes

What a wonderful result for Alaves last time out, winning against Sevilla despite the dismissal of Ruben Duarte to move out of the drop zone.

If they can follow that up with another victory, Leganes will be drawn into the scrap themselves.

With their victory over Real Sociedad a fortnight ago and narrow defeat to Real Betis, the visitors are showing they have both ability and spirit.

Real Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruna

Deportivo are in the relegation zone and in trouble. Yet, it could be a good time to travel to the reigning champions who are struggling.

Real remain the top team in Europe though and form is temporary as the Galicians will be aware.

WEEK 20 MONDAY:

Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo

Sociedad gave Barcelona a scare. Can they now defeat Celta Vigo and leapfrog them?

Both these sides are used to being in the higher echelons of La Liga but will know a string of wins would easily move them into the race for a Europa League spot.

Vigo’s danger man remains Iago Aspas who has quickly moved to deny racism allegations this week.

Real Betis vs Barcelona

Betis welcome the unbeaten leaders while in seventh spot and certainly have nothing to lose.

For Barcelona, their domination of the league has been outstanding that the loss of Neymar to PSG before the start of the season is barely felt.

And why should it when Ernesto Valverde is having a fine start to his Nou Camp tenure further boosted by the excitement of Philippe Coutinho’s arrival and the return from injury of another new recruit, Ousmane Dembele.

WEEK 20 TUESDAY:

Eibar vs Malaga

Malaga’s narrow defeat at Getafe shows they are still battling but the gap to safety is widening.

That defeat cost Michel his job and the second from bottom Andalusians need to bounce back quickly.

New signings Manuel Iturra, Ignasi Miquel and Alberto Bueno have to hit the ground running, starting against high-flying Eibar.

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Football Bets on Barca are the Stuff of Dreams

A spectacular fight back in Sociedad handed Barcelona another vital win to see Ernesto Valverde’s unbeaten men stay top by nine points.

And on another great weekend of La Liga football for online betting fans, there were wins for Atletico and Valencia while Real Madrid suffered another nightmare loss that takes them well out of the running.

Real Sociedad 2-4 Barcelona

After backing Barca to win with a -1.50 handicap betting offer, we have to say it looked unlikely when Willian Jose and Juanmi gave the hosts a shock two-goal lead. Paulinho pulled one back to set up the second half drama which saw Luis Suarez strike twice before Lionel Messi supplied the finishing touch with a sublime free-kick.

Eibar 0-1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico had briefly reduced the gap at the top to six points with a hard-fought win against Eibar on Saturday. The hosts had won four of the last five and gave Atletico keeper Jan Oblak a busy time; but Kevin Gameiro was the main man up front for the visitors, converting a cross from Antoine Griezmann to win.

Deportivo La Coruna 1-2 Valencia

Francis Coquelin debuted for Valencia after his switch from Arsenal to the Mestalla; and his new team seems to have found its feet again with another win, thanks to Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo. Keeper Ruben was at fault for the first and Florin Andone’s late goal was little consolation as Depor drop into the bottom three.

Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal

Los Blancos’ underwhelming run continues as another defeat means they are now a whopping 19 points behind Barca. It looked like we were heading for a draw at the Bernabeu until Pablo Fornals finished brilliantly on 87 minutes, lifting the Yellow Submarine to fifth.

Alaves 1-0 Sevilla

Alaves benefitted from Depor’s loss to move out of the drop zone thanks to Manu Garcia’s second-half winner which consigns Sevilla to another defeat. That’s four wins in six now for Alaves, while one point from five games has dropped out-of-sorts Sevilla to sixth.

Getafe 1-0 Malaga

The weekend’s opener saw Juan Cala head home from an Angel Rodriguez free-kick to give Getafe a second win in three games which lifted them up to ninth place. A fourth consecutive defeat, meanwhile, leaves Malaga in mortal danger, joint bottom and seven points from safety.

Girona 6-0 Las Palmas

Only Las Palmas are in a worse state than Malaga, with their goal difference wrecked by a 6-0 mauling in Girona. In a display sister club Manchester City would be proud of, the hosts blew the Gran Canarians away as Kenya striker Michael Olunga helped himself to a 22-minute hat-trick.

Levante 0-1 Celta Vigo

Celta moved away from danger after Pione Sisto took a pass from Iago Aspas to slide home a 37th-minute winner at Levante. That’s three unbeaten for Celta now while Levante look in trouble, just two points above the drop and with only 15 goals to show for 19 games.

RCD Espanyol 1-1 Athletic Bilbao

Honours even in Barcelona where an Inaki Williams equaliser extended the visitors’ unbeaten run to seven matches. Gerard Moreno had put the hosts ahead on 29 minutes, but Athletic had to wait just five minutes for Williams to nod home the leveller.

Real Betis 3-2 Leganes

An 83rd-minute penalty decided the Monday five-goal thriller after Leganes had recovered from a two-goal deficit. Cristian Tello and Joaquin put Betis in charge before Gerard Gumbau and Javier Eraso levelled for the visitors. But when Nordin Amrabat handled in the box Ruben Castro coolly converted the spot-kick.

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Kroos reveals top-four target

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos believes his side have to ensure they finish in the top four in La Liga, having endured a tough league season to date.

Los Blancos suffered their latest setback on Saturday as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Villarreal, who closed to within a point of Real, who currently occupy fourth place in the standings.

And Kroos accepts that all hopes of retaining the league title are gone, with Barcelona already 16 points clear of their deadly rivals.

The Germany international told BeIN Sports: "First of all, we have to think about our position at the moment.

"We have to focus on qualifying for the Champions League next season. I think that should be the objective for the rest of the season.

"That's because 16 points (to Barcelona) is very big. It's not the time to think about anything that isn't the next game and picking up points in order to get closer to our objective, which is to be among the top four."

Meanwhile, head coach Zinedine Zidane remains confident that Real will be able to turn their fortunes around as soon as they improve on a run of one win in five games since they lifted the FIFA Club World Cup.

He added: "Once we win a game it will change things. We have to keep thinking that we're going to change them. After we win a match, we must keep working hard so we can win the next one.

"I don't think we're predictable and the team haven't hit rock bottom. We're in a bad way and losing was a blow, but we'll keep going."

Real are 8/1 to win a third consecutive Champions League title this season, with Barcelona 13/2 and Manchester City 3/1.

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Barcelona is Getting Better Every Day

If being nine points clear at the top of La Liga isn’t enough, Barca have splashed the cash again to pile more pressure on the chasing pack.

Betting websites already have Ernesto Valverde’s team red hot favourites for the title, and he has now lured Philippe Coutinho away from Anfield in an eye-watering £146m deal. With 20 league football games still to play, the attacking midfielder has plenty of time to impress this season.

Meanwhile, you can bank on second-placed Atletico to keep pushing Barca hard as we move into Round 19 even though betting odds are stacked against them.

WEEK 19 SATURDAY:

Getafe vs Malaga

19th-placed Malaga hope to start the weekend by springing a surprise against Getafe and ending a run of three consecutive league defeats. But I just can’t see them getting any change from the hosts’ settled and tight defence, marshalled by centre-back Juan Torres Ruis and conceding just 18 goals this season.

Girona vs Las Palmas

Manchester City’s sister club are down to 13th having suffered back-to-back losses, but Girona fans will expect their team to thrive against rock-bottom Las Palmas, who are without a win in six. Former Middlesbrough striker Cristhian Stuani is top scoring for the Catalans with nine.

Real Madrid vs Villarreal

Its isn’t often we say this but Los Blancos are short of goals and are unlikely to be able to recruit in this window. They need Cristiano Ronaldo and chums to light up the Bernabeu. Villarreal’s Cedric Bakambu and Carlos Bacca have both individually outscored Real’s stars but they are at 1.81 to win, only with a 2.00 goal start.

WEEK 19 SUNDAY:

Eibar vs Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa’s return to Atletico has been characteristically controversial and he is absent against Eibar through suspension. Diego Simeone’s men are in second and have conceded just once in six games, having cruised through to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals this week. Eibar have won four in five so this should be a cracker.

Deportivo La Coruna vs Valencia

Loan star Luciano Vietto could be the man to get third-placed Valencia’s charge back on track, having netted a hat-trick in a 4-0 cup win over Las Palmas. He’ll fancy his chances against a Depor side sitting just a point above the drop zone. You can get 2.28 on an away win.

Levante vs Celta Vigo

16th plays 15th but there’s a four-point gap between Levante and visitors Celta Vigo and the hosts haven’t won any of the last six at home. Only three points above the drop and with Alaves on the charge, the pressure is on, while Celta will be buoyed by their last two outings; draws against Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Alaves vs Sevilla

Alaves are recovering from a shocking start to the campaign and are up to 18th after three wins in five La Liga games. They may be worth a punt to beat fifth-placed Sevilla at 3.15. The visitors are going in the opposite direction with a solitary win in six.

WEEK 19 MONDAY:

Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao

Aritz Aduriz made it seven goals for the season when he netted in Athletic Club’s win against Alaves. José Ángel Ziganda’s men made it ten points from four games to lift themselves to eighth but they won’t have it easy in Barcelona. The hosts have back-to-back 1-0 victories, including an impressive win over Atletico Madrid.

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona

If Atletico does the business then Barca’s lead could be cut to six points when they kick off against Sociedad. Coutinho is unlikely to start the game but that won’t be much comfort to the hosts, down in 12th and with three defeats in four home games. Barca are at 2.21 to add more misery by winning with a 1.50 goals handicap.

WEEK 19 TUESDAY:

Real Betis vs Leganes

This round of games rounds up with a mid-table clash between Real Betis and Leganes, sitting tenth and ninth respectively and tied on 24 points. The well-drilled visitors have conceded just 14 goals so far, and you can get odds of 1.98 on Under 2.25 goals.

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Now That was Exciting!

It was quite the live betting weekend.

Another mega-money signing, a fans’ protest, and a debut goal and sending-off all in the same movement.

Who says football games in La Liga don’t keep you, sports betting fans, on the edge of your seats?!

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Getafe

Back with a bang!

In many ways, this was typical Diego Costa.

Scoring on his debut and then getting sent off – a second yellow card – for his celebration was the story.

Angel Correa opened the scoring as Atletico stay a distant second.

Valencia 2-1 Girona

Valencia stay third but had to come from behind to win the contest against their spirited opponents.

Dani Parejo netted the winner from the penalty spot.

There was even time for boss Marcelino to give Luciano Vietto his debut.

Las Palmas 1-2 Eibar

How the Canary Island club could do with the return of Jese Rodriguez, as speculated, for the second half of the campaign,

They remain at the foot of the table after a late show from Eibar rendered Jonathan Viera’s 32nd-minute penalty scant consolation.

Fabian Orellana and Sergi Enrich scored twice in five minutes to keep Eibar in seventh spot.

They have now taken 19 points from a possible tally of 21.

Sevilla 3-5 Real Betis

A thrilling Seville city derby but a nightmare start for new home boss Vincenzo Montella.

His first experience of La Liga action not only ended in defeat but also led to a training ground protest from fans that are unhappy at the running of the club.

The thrill-a-minute for Betis started when Fabian Ruiz fired them in front inside 22 seconds, and they rounded off an error-ridden but no less exciting contest through Cristian Tello in the sixth minute of stoppage time!

Leganes 1-0 Real Sociedad

There was some controversy but Leganes will not care one bit.

Indeed, they leapfrogged Sociedad thanks to Gabriel Pires’ 75th-minute finish – possibly from an offside position.

It briefly moved them up to eighth, despite being just their second league victory since mid-October.

Barcelona 3-0 Levante

Another weekend to remember for Barca.

A comfortable victory included another goal from Lionel Messi, on his 400th appearance for the club, and maintained their nine-point lead at the summit.

It was his 365th La Liga goal for the Catalans to equal the great Gerd Muller’s goal record in a top European league.

The Argentine maestro will have more to come of course, as will Barca, with the latest jewel in their crown Philippe Coutinho.

Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Alaves

Alaves battled hard but Bilbao were too strong.

A goal in each half from Xabier Etxeita and the evergreen Aritz Aduriz, from the penalty spot, did the damage.

It’s a boost for Bilbao, unbeaten through December, as they chase a European berth.

Villarreal 1-1 Deportivo La Coruna

Alaves have slipped into the drop zone after this result.

Enes Unal’s first-half opener was on course to move the Yellow Submarine up into fifth spot.

But six minutes from time Romanian frontman Florin Andone headed a leveller to give joy to the visitors.

Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid

The top team in Europe and on planet football will certainly not be retaining their La Liga crown this season.

That was widely known even before this entertaining draw left them 16 points off the summit.

The only bright spot for Madrid on a night in which Vigo showed their undoubted talent – glimpses of which have been too sporadic – was the return from injury of Gareth Bale who netted twice in three minutes.

Maxi Gomez’s header eight minutes from time earned the Galicians a point.

Malaga 0-1 RCD Espanyol

An early blow at the Estadio La Rosaleda from which the strugglers were unable to recover.

Sergi Darder’s neat sixth-minute finish was enough as Espanyol climb to 14th.

Malaga remain five points from safety.

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Coutinho to wait for Barca bow

A thigh injury means Philippe Coutinho will have to wait three weeks to make his Barcelona debut after completing his £142million switch from Liverpool.

The 25-year-old Brazil international playmaker put pen-to-paper on a five-and-a-half year contract at the Camp Nou on Monday on completion of his medical with the Catalan outfit.

The deal had been agreed with Liverpool on Saturday and Coutinho expressed his delight at finally securing a move to the La Liga leaders having missed out in the summer.

He told Barca TV: "I'm very happy, very happy. I have always said that it is a dream that I am living and I am very happy to be here.

"To be able to play, win titles, make the fans happy… always play with joy.

"It is incredible to know that I am going to live with idols, players with a lot of history.

"Footballers like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, (Andres) Iniesta, (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Busquets.

"I am very happy to be able to live together, to be able to learn from them and be able to win together."

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu added: "All the Barca fans are excited to have Coutinho here.

"It hasn't been easy but his effort in coming, along with his strength and patience, have been key."

Despite Coutinho successfully passing his medical, the thigh problem which kept him out of Liverpool's 2-1 win at Burnley on New Year's Day is likely to keep him sidelined until the start of February.

That means he is set to make his Barca bow in the Catalan derby against Espanyol on 4th February.

Barca are on course to win La Liga this season while they are available at 13/2 to lift the Champions League and 7/4 to win the Copa del Rey.

Barca closing on Coutinho

Barcelona appear to be winning their battle to prize Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool, with various media outlets reporting a deal is close to being done.

The La Liga giants are said to be ready to sign a deal worth £145m to the Anfield club to bring the Brazilian playmaker to the Nou Camp.

Coutinho could potentially be in the Catalan capital as soon as Monday to undergo his medical.

The 25-year-old attacker has not travelled to Dubai with the rest of the Liverpool team on their warm-weather break because of a minor thigh injury. Coutinho has missed the club's past two games, including Friday's FA Cup third-round win against Everton at Anfield.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request in the summer once Barcelona had registered their interest but Liverpool refused to sell their player. Three bids were rejected, with the last of those offers worth £118m.

It seems as though the Merseyside club will now gain additional compensation for a player they signed from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013.

Liverpool are reluctant to allow Coutinho move mid-season, with next month's Champions League last-16 clash with Porto looming and a fight on their hands to secure a top-four finish in the league.

Should Coutinho make his move to Spain this month he won't be able to play for Barcelona in the Champions League this season, having played in the group stages for Liverpool already.

Coutinho has made 20 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season, scoring 12 goals.

Liverpool are 14/1 to win the Champions League this season, while Barcelona are 7/1 for European glory. Real Madrid are 8/1 to win a third consecutive  European crown.

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