Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Preview – La Liga 3rd December
It doesn’t get any better than an El Clásico showdown. It is Barcelona v Real Madrid for the first time this season and if the slump in form of the Catalans continue, Madrid could find themselves with a nine point lead at the top of the table going if they can take a win at the Nou Camp. Barcelona have drawn their last two league outings and were terrible last weekend in a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad. Real Madrid have won their last six La Liga games on the bounce now and even though they will be missing Gareth Bale for this one, they are going to be strong. Can Barca haul themselves closer to Real Madrid or will their rivals stretch their already big lead?
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Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Tips
There is an odd start time for this one, 3:15 pm on Saturday which means that it clashes with English Premier League action. That’s a bit annoying. Anyway, this is one of the best games to look forward to on the continent and there is a big three points up for grabs. Barcelona will be under huge pressure to get a win on the board in this one at home. The Catalans have only lost three of their last 13 Clásicos at home in all competitions (W7 D3) but they did lose this corresponding fixture last season at the Nou Camp in the league. Barcelona’s form isn’t quite there at the moment with a W2 D2 L1 record in their last five games across all competitions. In La Liga they have drawn their last two and were shockingly bad against Real Sociedad last weekend in a 1-1 draw. The Catalans have now taken 27 points from their opening 13 league games and this is their worst start since the 2007/08 season.
Barcelona have found the back of the net in each of their last 21 games against Real Madrid and both teams to score in this one at Bet365 will return a price of 4/9. Lionel Messi is the Clásico’s top scorer with 21 goals to his name and he has been in good scoring form this season. He remains without a goal in any of his last five against Real Madrid though, but Messi is a price of 5/6 in the anytime goalscorer market for this one along with teammate Luis Suarez and Neymar is back a little at an 11/8 price. Neymar has been involved in five goals in his six Clásicos (three goals and two assists). Pressure is on boss Luis Enrique here and no Barcelona manager has ever lost two Clásicos in a row at home. The last seven Barcelona goals against Real Madrid at Camp Nou in all competitions have been scored by different players.
So Barca aren’t quite on top of their game at the moment, but Real Madrid are. They are topping the league and have won their last six games on the bounce in the top flight. They have remained unbeaten across their 13 league games this season with ten wins on the board. Out on the road they have won their last three on the bounce, scoring thirteen goals in the process. Cristiano Ronaldo has five goals in his last two league games and he has scored ten of Real Madrid’s last 16 goals at Camp Nou in all competitions. Ronaldo is a quote of 6/5 in the anytime goalscorer market for this one. Ten of his 16 goals that Ronaldo has scored against Barcelona have come at the Nou Camp. They will be missing the injured Gareth Bale for this one. They will be opening up a huge nine point lead over Barcelona if they take the win in this one on Saturday.
Madrid have won five of the last nine against Barca across all competitions and a repeat of their 2-1 scoreline win from their last visit there will fetch a price of 12/1 with Bet365. Manager Zinedine Zidane has now put together a 25 match unbeaten streak in La Liga as Real Madrid boss (W22 D3) and they have averaged three goals per game in that sequence, with a goal scored in each and every one of those games. One thing that you often forget to look at when it comes to El Clásico is the defence. Real Madrid have shipped three fewer goals than Barcelona have done this season and it has to be said the Catalans are lacking a little bit of quality back there at the moment. Another cracking game is on the cards between the two of them and the three points up for grabs here are massive.
Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Odds
Barcelona 5/6, Real Madrid 3/1, Draw 3/1
Barcelona v Real Madrid Predictions
A 3/1 price on Real Madrid to go to the Nou Camp, against a side they have done alright against recently, screams value. Barcelona’s form has been so patchy lately that it is going to be hard to trust them in this one and they aren’t a good price to get behind in the outright market. Their defence is vulnerable and the Real Madrid attack has been so sharp of late that the hosts are likely to get exposed. Nothing for Real Madrid to fear in this one and everything to gain. Look for an away win. Simple as that.