This season Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are able to resume their heavy artillery El Clasico war with the luxurious benefit of having Gareth Bale and Neymar as their rear gunners.
But of the four marvellous talents on show it is the Portuguese preener who should be sided with in any scoring markets, such is his love of a Clasico strike, with the 5/1 on him scoring two or more particularly tempting.
Should Karim Benzema or Cesc Fabregas score anytime during the game, bwin will refund losing bets on the correct score and goalscorer markets, making a Ronaldo punt all the more appetising.
Ronaldo has scored at a goal a game rate in the last nine editions of the Clasico
He may lose out to Messi for the Balon d’Or every year, but Ronaldo can definitely boast a more formidable Clasico scoring record than his diminutive enemy.
Over the past nine games between Madrid and Barcelona, Ronaldo has scored nine goals.
In that time he’s been at the double twice, which Messi hasn’t managed, while the Argentinian has only scored five goals in that same nine-goal span.
Ronaldo has scored more than one goal in a game six times this season
Backing the Portugal skipper to score twice in the latest Clasico, priced at 5/1, is the smartest move to take, because he’s never managed to score a hat-trick in Spain’s premier football match.
As we know though, he isn’t adverse to notching twice against the Nou Camp residents and he’s certainly in a suitable frame of mind to do so again.
He’s notched in 10 of his 14 appearances for club or country so far, with six of those bringing him two goals or more.
Benzema’s chances of bailing out failed bets are greater than Fabregas’
Should the Madrid goal-machine fail to live up to his billing, it’s his slightly less prolific teammate who is most likely to get you your money back.
For starters, Carlo Ancelotti has already declared that the French striker will start the match. But also, he has a better scoring record over the arch rivals than Fabregas, with three goals in his last nine appearances bettering the Spaniard’s one strike in his Barca career.