Real Madrid v Barcelona tips
It’s El Clasico from the Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday - live on SkySports 5 from 5pm.
Real Madrid are available at best odds of 7/5 with William Hill and Coral, while Barcelona can be backed at 2/1 with Bet365 and the draw at 14/5 with BetVictor and Sky Bet.
Barcelona currently top La LIga having won seven of their eight games, scoring 22 times, and incredibly not conceding once. And Barca have lost just two of their last 12 league meetings against Los Blancos (W8, D2) - indeed they have won 4 of their last 6 visits to the Bernabeu (L1, D1) in the league, including a 4-3 win here last season.
But Real are also in scintillating form having won all of their last six competitive games relatively easily, and scoring at least two goals in every one of those matches. They have scored 30 goals in their eight league games - and averaged 5 goals per game in the last five of those games.
Anyone who witnessed Carlo Ancelloti’s team's 3-0 demolition of Liverpool at Anfield in midweek will be left with no doubt that this side is purring like a vintage Ferrari engine at present - even without Gareth Bale.
So, the first bet must for Real Madrid to win the game at those odds of 7/5, while the 'Double Chance' of a Real Madrid win or a draw at 4/9 with William Hill and Coral also looks worth an interest.
This fixture almost always sees plenty of goals and both sides have scored in each of the last 16 El Clasicos - we strongly suggest you take Bet365’s 4/9 on that happening again.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a frankly frightening 15 goals in just 8 league games so far this season, while Lionel Messi has scored more El Clasico goals than any other player (21). Paddy Power offer best odds on both players to score first in this game (Ronaldo 4/1 & Messi 9/2), but we would prefer backing them both to score at any time in the game.
Take Bet365’s 10/11 on Ronaldo scoring, while Messi is 13/10 with Paddy Power to score again at the Bernabeu (he scored a hat-trick here last season).
For reference, you can back Ronaldo 'To score 2 or more goals' at 9/2 with William Hill and Coral, while Messi is 7/1 with Paddy Power in the same market. Or if you fancy another hat-trick from either player then Ronaldo is 25/1 with Sky Bet and Messi 28/1 with Bet365.
Of course, we must not forget that Luis Suarez is likely to play a part in this fixture - he is a stand-out 11/1 with Stan James to score first (just 5/1 with Betfred) and 7/2 with Stan James to score at any time in the game (just 5/4 with Ladbrokes). But given that the former Liverpool striker is likely to start on the bench, we would prefer a small interest that he scores the last goal of the game at 12/1 - again with Stan James.
Finally, let’s back a few high scoring correct scores here. Take a Real Madrid victory by 3-1 at 17/1 and 3-2 at 21/1 (both with BetVictor) and also Barca to win by the same scorelines - 1-3 and 2-3 can both be backed at odds of 22/1 with Coral.
||7/5||William Hill & Coral|
|Real Madrid-Draw||Double Chance
|Yes||Both Teams To Score
|Luis Suarez||Last Goalscorer||12/1||Stan James|
|Real Madrid 3-1
|Real Madrid 3-2||Correct Score||21/1||BetVictor|
|Barcelona 3-1||Correct Score||22/1||Coral|
|Barcelona 3-2||Correct Score||22/1||Coral|
|Bet365||Paddy Power||William Hill||Coral||BetVictor||Stan James|
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