Real Madrid visit the stormy Molinón on Saturday in a bid to extend their impressive 13 game winning streak, and bwin’s experts are backing them to the hilt at 13/50 in the 3Way football betting market. The visitors are also at evens to net three or more goals in what looks to be, on first impression, a pushover.
Though Madrid’s recent run of form has been spectacular to say the least, one should keep a mindful eye on their opponents. After all, they’re one of only three teams to beat Mourinho’s men on their own turf last season, when Miguel de las Cuevas’ winner bringing the Merengues’ title challenge to a crashing halt.
Sporting are tough customers at home, losing only 1-0 to Barca earlier this season. Last year, Real had to huff and puff to notch a solitary goal – courtesy of Gonzalo Higuain – and will be further weakened by Xabi Alonso’s absence, as well as by the first symptoms of Clasico fever, with talk of Ronaldo being rested for the big game.
That said, bwin’s rather interesting odds for a draw (9/2) should still be avoided for a number of reasons. The first is the home side’s creaky defence, which let in four more last week against Levante. Gijon might have recovered from their early season slump (where they lost six of their first seven games), but are still languishing in the relegation zone.
Second, Mourinho’s Madrid have turned into a well-oiled, impeccably-drilled side, meaning that bench-warmers like Fabio Coentrao and Sami Khedira won’t suffer from their lack of playing time. If anything, it should galvanise them further, as both will do their utmost to avoid being transfer-listed. Khedira is especially preoccupied by Nuri Sahin’s arrival and will fight for the (admittedly remote) chance to replace Xabi in the long term.
Though a Madrid win should be expected, don’t bet on a massacre. Real are 23/4 and 27/4 to triumph two and three to nil respectively. A free £25 bet on the former will see winnings of £140.50 should Real Madrid stick to their side of the bargain.
At the other end, bet on Casillas to keep a clean sheet, an eventuality priced at 91/100. Manuel Preciado’s defensive approach might have limited Barca’s chances, but Victor Valdes had a pretty quiet time at the Molinón, with only one shot coming his way.
One thing is certain: either on the wing or up front, a certain Karim Benzema will get the chance to showcase the impressive skills we saw against Dynamo Zagreb, when he scored twice. He is odds-on to add to his ten goals for the season at 3/5, though it might be wiser to bet on a brace, priced at 11/4.
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