Barcelona and Real Madrid thankfully displayed what they are capable of in an exhibition of football of the highest quality on Sunday evening and they meet again tonight with the Spanish Super Cup still to play for after a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu.
Barcelona (19/20) have been in buoyant mood in recent days after welcoming home Cesc Fabregas and knowing that they hold the massive advantage of holding two away goals.
However, there is also the realisation on both sides that Real’s performance on Sunday was by far their best against Barcelona under Jose Mourinho and has inspired a new confidence amongst the ex-Chelsea manager’s team that they can beat this Barcelona side.
Real (13/5) though do have a difficult tactical decision to make this evening. With them needing to win the match or hope for a high-scoring draw they will be forced onto the front foot.
Worryingly, when they travelled to the Nou Camp with such attacking endeavour last November it ended in a 5-0 humiliation.
Nevertheless, with the visitors having to attack to save the tie a punt on the goals market looks appealing.
Sunday’s four-goal thriller could have seen a far greater number of goals if it hadn’t been for some great goalkeeping by Victor Valdes and lenient refereeing when it came to a number of penalty claims.
With this in mind, over 4.5 goals in the match is very reasonably priced at 18/5 while exactly five goals is available at 7/1.
Aside from goals, the other ever present when it comes to an El Clasico is the intense hatred between the sides.
Sunday’s fixture threatened to boil over at times, especially when Pepe and Dani Alves clashed again after the former was in some people’s eyes harshly dismissed for a challenge on Alves in last season’s Champions League semi-final.
Real had a man sent off against Barca four times in five meetings last season and look a steal at 21/10 to see the red first this evening.
Two or more red cards is also available at 21/4 and for any new customers joining bwin.com and looking to use their £25 free bet, a punt on this outcome would land £156.25.
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