The result in Wednesday night’s Clasico may not have been the one Real Madrid fans were hoping for, but the level of performance and the 2-2 draw at Barcelona has led to a renewed sense of optimism at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The chants of Jose Mourinho’s name by the Madrid ultras are unlikely to be met by whistles by the rest of the crowd as they were during last week’s win over Atheltic Bilbao.
Indeed, the visit of hapless Zaragoza may just be the perfect tonic to cement this sense of positivity around Los Blancos, as the team from Aragon sit rock bottom of the table with hope of avoiding relegation decreasing by the week.
Zaragoza are a massive 30/1 to win at the Bernabeu on Saturday, something which they managed to do last season, producing a shock 3-2 victory. That was, however, a freak result, and will not be repeated tonight.
Madrid will be full of confidence and should make an quick start against a Zaragoza side who will have little more than damage limitation on their minds.
Madrid are, as always, incredibly short in the in bwin’s 3Way football betting market at 3/50, while the draw is rated as a 19/2 shot.
To get some value in backing Madrid, consider investing in there being first-half goals. It is hard to overestimate the positive effect that their performance in the match against Barcelona will have had on the side.
Yes, they lost the tie overall, but they proved to the world and more importantly themselves that they can dominate Barcelona when they take the game to them.
Madrid will be full of confidence, then, and should make an quick start against a Zaragoza side who will have little more than damage limitation on their minds.
To this end, the 39/20 offered on more than 2.5 goals in the first half looks a shrewd bet.
Madrid have not blown away teams in the first half on a regular basis this season, but are more than capable of notching three goals in the opening 45 minutes against a fragile Zaragoza. If you want to play it safer, then invest heavily in over 1.5 goals at 31/50.
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