Kick-off: 1515, 24/10/2021
Stadium: Camp Nou
TV: Amazon Prime/Premier Sports
The first Clasico of the season may not have quite the usual appeal due to the relative struggles of both teams but it remains a fixture which attracts global interest.
It has been a tough season so far for Barca after the departure of Lionel Messi and defeat on Sunday would be a further setback for under-fire boss Ronald Koeman.
Unfortunately for the Dutchman, the visitors are in better shape and an away at 29/20 is our opening Barcelona vs Real Madrid prediction.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Life after Messi was always going to be tricky but Barcelona’s financial problems mean his absence has been felt even more than might have been expected.
This season’s squad is a significant downgrade for a team which has for so long been one of the best in Europe.
Koeman has urged the supporters to be patient during a rebuilding job and victory here would certainly buy him some more time.
Back-to-back wins against Valencia (3-1) and Dynamo Kiev (1-0) will have helped but Barca have struggled against strong opponents this season.
Bayern Munich and Benfica have both inflicted 3-0 defeats on the Catalans in the Champions League and the latter was followed by a 2-0 loss at Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
It is in attack where the squad looks particularly short of quality and backing an away win to nil may be worth the extra risk at 18/5 in the Barcelona vs Real Madrid odds.
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Real went down to their first league defeat of the season last time out in La Liga as a 2-1 defeat at Espanyol allowed Real Sociedad to open up a three-point gap at the top of the table.
Prior to that they suffered one of the biggest upsets in their history when they lost 2-1 at home to FC Sheriff in the Champions League so Barcelona will have some hope of ending a run of three consecutive Clasico defeats.
Real got back on track on Tuesday with a 5-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League which will have come as a timely confidence boost.
Karim Benzema scored the fifth goal that night and now has 10 goals in his last nine appearances for club and country.
For the last of our Barcelona vs Real Madrid betting tips, let’s take 5/1 for Benzema to score first in an away win.
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