El Clasico will provide its adoring public with a teatime thriller and punters are advised to cash in on overly generous odds for a Real Madrid win at 11/4 while the entertainment flows in what’s shaping up to be a corking clash of the La Liga titans.
Gerardo Martino’s men are 7/9 for the home victory and the draw has been priced up by the bwin traders at an industry-best price of 31/10.
Barcelona are without a win in five games against Real Madrid in all competitions.
Three wins and two draws from the past five El Clasico’s give the visitors the clear psychological edge as they prepare to run the gauntlet at the Nou Camp.
Although Barcelona have won their last 19 home league matches, Real were the last team to take a point off them in their own backyard courtesy of a 2-2 draw last October and goals from Sami Khedira and Cristiano Ronaldo spearheaded a 2-1 Madrid win in the previous season’s La Liga clash.
They’ll be no Nobel Prizes on offer for those predicting the tactics employed by the Catalan giants.
Martino’s men will pass, pass some more then pass again in their usual one-dimensional method of suffocating their opponents but Real will come prepared and possess the talent to choke the relentless Barça passing machine that is built around freeing Lionel Messi into dangerous areas.
Confidence should be high within punting circles about seeing a return on the 11/4 for an away win.
Ronaldo has scored in Madrid’s last six visits to the Nou Camp in all competitions.
The slick Portuguese sensation, who can be backed at 17/4 to score first, has fired nine goals in nine El Clasico’s and his capability to score in the air should not be underestimated, especially against such an inexperienced and timid Barcelona defence.
Javi Guerra and Helder Postiga have both already found ways to tower above the Barça back four in La Liga this season and rifle home headed goals – Ronaldo has the aerial prowess join that list.
Both teams have scored in 14 of the last 17 El Clasico’s.
Punters who have invited their pals around to bask in front of a goal-crazy evening of action will not be disappointed and can supplement the cost of the beers by steamrolling into the both teams to score market at 5/11.
Furthermore, both defences are hardly used to keeping the sheets clean with Madrid conceding in seven of their last nine league games while Barça have allowed opponents to breach their backline in six of their last seven home league fixtures.