Three points for Real Madrid will see them move seven clear of arch nemeses Barcelona at the top of La Liga and an imperious home record suggests Carlo Ancelotti’s side will get the job done.
A run of 15 successive victories at the Bernabeu suggests odds of 23/20 for Los Merengues joy represents exceptional value against a patchy Blaugrana side who have failed to win any of their previous three away days in the Spanish top-flight.
On that basis, punters would be best advised to steer clear of the 21/10 that says the Catalan kings will prevail in the capital, although there may be some mileage in getting on the 13/5 for the spoils to be shared.
Amazingly, this will be the 18th instalment of El Clasico in the last four seasons and, judging from the results of these meetings, the bet to be on here is the 19/10 that says the hosts triumph in a contest that consists of more than 2.5 goals.
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Here’s why it’s coming in:
A total of 47 goals have been scored in the previous 13 renewals between these two.
That’s an average of over 3.6 goals across this period when these two feuding factions have been pitted against one another.
Only one in this spell has failed to smash the 2.5-goal barrier and with the array of attacking talent set to take the field it’s hard to envisage an easy night for the Bernabeu scoreboard operator.
Los Blancos have bagged at least three goals in each of their last five home matches.
This stat is made all the more formidable by the fact that the club is averaging three goals per outing based on their last four away days too.
Few sides in world football are in finer fettle in the attacking third than Ancelotti’s charges.
Prior to this campaign, Barca had failed to get the better of their dearly detested in five straight tussles.
Their last success preceding their 2-1 win in the Nou Camp last time came in the opening leg of the Spanish Super Cup of 2012/13, with Real winning three of the five that followed.