In accordance with UK broadcasting laws, expectant punters and masochistic Liverpool fans desperate to see how Luis Suarez fares on his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid can only tune in after the first 15 minutes have elapsed.
With the game kicking off at 5pm, regulations preventing live football being screened between the hours of 3pm and 5:15pm mean there’ll no Clasico action being legally beamed around Blighty until all mid-afternoon domestic matches are definitely finished.
This is far from ideal, but please, don’t panic, for the odds gurus at bwin.com have opened a book on what might happen in the opening quarter hour, so the chance to turn a profit can soothe the blow for us missing the early action.
To fatten the wallet, one must accurately foretell which of the following eventualities will occur first: a goal, a yellow card, a red card, a substitution or none of the above.
The latter outcome shares 6/5 favouritism with a player being booked in the opening 15 minutes and given the voracious appetite both sides have for inflicting pain on one another, backing an early caution to be the first incident in the game makes sense.
A total of 19 yellows were shared between the pair across three meetings across last season alone, three of which were recorded in the timeframe in question.
Clearly, this rates a good value bet, but an even more enticing proposition is the 7/2 on offer for there to be a goal scored before the 15th minute tolls.
Looking at the past 20 Clasico clashes, there have been ten strikes scored in time to reward backers of this bet.
The most recent matches this warring twosome played out yielded a goal inside the opening 15, while the deadlock was broken in the 19th-minute in the third collision the pair contested.