El Clasico betting tips for the Real Madrid vs Barcelona match with predictions on Sunday 23rd March.
In what is generally the most prestigious and eagerly anticipated of club football fixtures worldwide, Spanish giants Real Madrid host arch rivals Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Sunday night in the second of this season's El Clasico matches in La Liga. Here is a match preview with football betting tips for this colossal clash.
Barcelona triumphed 2-1 when the sides met in the first of this season's El Clasico league matches at the Nou Camp in October with goals from Neymar and Alexis Sanchez, but the Catalan club have suffered a recent slip in form which has seen them lose three of their last seven games, meaning they require a victory over their Madrid counterparts if they are to remain firmly in the hunt for the Primera Liga title.
A Real victory on Sunday evening would move Los Blancos to 73 points, seven points clear of Barca on 66 points, while their city rivals Atletico remain very much in the mix – currently in second place on 67 points. Real's home advantage makes them slight favourites for this one, best-priced at 13/10 for the win with Coral, while visitors Barcelona can be backed for the win at best odds of 9/4 with Betfair. The best odds on a draw for this game are 13/5 with BetVictor.
Real Madrid sealed their passage to the last eight of the Champions League with a 9-2 aggregate victory over German club Shalke in the midweek, following Barca into the quarters after Gerardo Martino's men knocked out Manchester City 4-1 on aggregate the previous week.
Attentions now turn back to domestic matters though and while the result of Sunday's crunch match will surely have a big impact on the eventual outcome of the title race, players and managers from both sides will no doubt insist their attentions are focused no further than the game in hand and on trying to secure a win against their rivals. Despite these claims publicly, though, both sides will know deep down the potential implications of this result on the title race and with so much at stake, including the added pride and bragging rights, we think this one could be set for a stalemate. So for our first El Clasico betting tip for the game back a score draw – Stan James have the best odds on a draw with both teams to score at 4/1.
Of course much of the focus for this game will centre on the mouth-watering duel that is the Ronaldo show vs the Messi show – given the added dimension this season in the form of the world's most expensive player, Real's Gareth Bale against Barcelona's mega-money Brazilian starlet Neymar. While both teams possess a glittering array of talent, these are the players that get everyone talking. Ronaldo has managed a casual 25 goals in 24 La Liga games so far this season, while counterpart Messi has scored 18 in 21 games. Meanwhile, in the battle of the new boys, Welshman Bale has managed 10 goals and 20 assists in his first 20 La Liga appearances while Neymar is currently on seven La Liga goals from the same number of games.
With the anytime goalscorer market providing little value in returns for stakes on messers Ronaldo and Messi, we will instead look to Bale, provider of two goals for his teammates in the midweek, to turn scorer and bag an anytime goal on Sunday. So for our second football betting tip back Gareth Bale for an anytime goalscorer at best odds of 9/4 with Winner.
With all the history between these two sides that is simultaneously uniting and divisive, this has traditionally been a fiery encounter that's no stranger to players seeing red – there have been three red cards shown in the the last three El Clasico meetings. So, for our final match betting tip, we think a bet on there being more than 7 cards shown in the game is worth a stake – bet on the over 7.5 total cards with Bet365 at best odds of 5/6.
Match to finish a draw and both teams to score – bet here at 4/1 (Stan James)
Gareth Bale to score anytime – bet here at 9/4 (Winner)
Over 7.5 total cards – bet here at 5/6 (Bet365)
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