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Iker the Octopus tips Real Madrid to win Copa del Rey

| 19.04.2011

Real Madrid will beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, according to a Spanish version of the famed Paul the Octopus.

Paul achieved legendary status with eight correct predictions at the 2010 World Cup, including tipping Spain to beat the Netherlands in the final.

Now a Spanish octopus named Iker is attempting a similar successful tipping fest over the four games in quick succession between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Iker correctly suggested that the first game between the pair in La Liga would end in a draw and is expecting Jose Mourinho’s team to build on their equaliser in this fixture with a win in the Spanish Cup final.

Real Madrid’s odds are 3/1 to beat Barcelona, but picking a winner is certainly a challenging task, despite Barcelona being the 5/6 favourites to claim victory in the 90 minutes.

It took Iker ten minutes to make up his mind, with the process of making a selection done through which sardine he selects at random.

Real Madrid are 11/8 to win the Copa del Rey by any means, but punters may be better taking advantage of the 3/1 as none of their five ever cup finals against Barcelona have required extra time to find a winner.

A victory for Real Madrid would also end a disappointing run in the competition as they have failed to lift the Copa del Rey since they beat Real Zaragoza in 1993.

Meanwhile, they have already been beaten finalists twice in this century following defeats to Deportivo La Coruna and Zaragoza.

Furthemore, they were defeated on the last occasion they met Barcelona in the final in 1990, which like this year happened to take place in Valencia.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.