El Clasico derbies a have been like London buses of late with matches in quick succession following a period of nervous anticipation.
With little to separate the sides in their recent La Liga and Copa Del Rey clashes, those making football bets could look to more interesting markets to add some spice to tomorrow’s (April 27th) Champions League semi final between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
While bwin’s comprehensive offerings allow for standard win, lose or draw bets, with the Catalans priced at 17/10 to win, Los Galacticos at 31/20 and the draw at 11/5, there are a number of special markets available for the Bernabeu encounter.
Betting fans on a hot streak could be tempted to place their fate in the hands of lady luck with the special first major incident market.
Odds of 3/5 are available on a throw in being the first incident, while a goal kick is priced at 23/4.
A corner can be backed at 12/1, a goal at 50/1 and a free kick at 37/20.
The last option may prove attractive to football fans in the know as the match is likely to be a hotly contested occasion with Jose Mourinho’s men looking to get one over on a Barca side that has forced them to play second fiddle in the league.
With that said, there are a number of other free kick markets to be had with odds of 51/20 available on the first half seeing less than 17 kicks awarded.
Barcelona are most likely to be on the receiving end of some tough tackling. As well as looking for a win, Real will be out to ensure the humiliation of a 5-0 defeat, inflicted on them by the Nou Camp outfit earlier this season, is not repeated.
Therefore, the 1/2 odds on Pep Guardiola’s men being awarded more free kicks than their rivals from the capital may look like free money to some betting fans.
The 5-0 rout aside, matches between these two sides are usually tight affairs. The games either side of that masterclass by Barcelona have yielded just six goals, with Real edging a 1-0 win, Barcelona taking two of the other three games by just one or two goals and the other ending in 1-1 stalemate.
With a close encounter on the cards, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are most likely to provide the goals in this El Clasico clash. As such the odds on either to score at any time offer little in the way of large returns.
However, the Argentinean midfield ace and the former Manchester United wing man are both priced at 4/1 to open the scoring at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Such a bet could offer one lucky punter a £50 return off a £10 stake. However, despite the attraction to such bets, other likely scorers offer longer odds, such as German World Cup star Mesut Ozil at 10/1 and prolific Spaniard David Villa at 13/2.
Those sensing the tie will have its fair share of incident can also back an own goal to get the match off and running at 33/1.
A £10 stake on this bet would offer a return of £340. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.