Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Tips
After political troubles postponed the first El Clasico of the season, Barcelona and Real Madrid finally meet for the biggest game in club football. Protests for Catalonia’s independence cancelled the match with just a few days notice, adding extra fire to a match that already provides one of the best atmospheres in Europe. Ahead of the match, Bet UK have boosted Barcelona to win 2-1, from 15/2 to 8/1. For the latest football betting odds on all Premier League matches, make sure to head over to Bet UK’s online betting.
Barcelona’s Recent Form
Last Time Out For Barcelona
Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga was threatened as they failed to hold a lead away at Real Sociedad. After just 12 minutes, Sociedad were awarded a penalty when Sergio Busquets was caught pulling shirts in the box. Mikel Oyarzabal sent Ter Stegen the wrong way and the home side looked in control. However, Before the break, Antoine Griezmann inevitably scored on his return to San Sebastian to level the scores. Just 5 minutes after half time, Barca had turned it around as Leo Messi and Luis Suarez combined, with the Uruguayan finishing into the bottom corner. In an up and down game, youngster Alexander Isak grabbed the equaliser from a rebound, scoring his 3rd goal of the season. Barca have struggled defensively this season, already conceding 20 goals this season.
Real Madrid’s Recent Form
Last Time Out For Real Madrid
Even with Barca slipping up against Real Sociedad, Real Madrid failed to capitalise on their mistakes as they drew at the Mestalla. Valencia have struggled this season but mostly contained Madrid for 90 minutes. After a dull first half, it took 78 minutes for the first bit of real action. With both sides pushing for a late winner, the ball was pulled back to Carlos Soler inside the box, who hammered the ball into the back of the night. With 95 minutes on the clock, Real Madrid fought back. On a late corner, Thibaut Courtois made his way forward and actually won the first ball and planted his header on target. His effort was saved, but after some sloppy defending, the ball fell to Karim Benzema who fired in his 12th goal of the season. Somewhat surprisingly, Real Madrid have the second best defence of the league so far this season. For a side that hasn’t looked their best this season, they’ve only shipped 12 goals but will face a much tougher task against Barcelona.
Where’s The Value Bet?
There have only been 3 teams that Lionel Messi has scored more goals against than Real Madrid. In 39 El Clasico’s, Messi has scored an incredible 26 goals, making him the top scorer of all time in this historic fixture. As well as his incredible Clasico numbers, Messi has consistently scored since his Barcelona debut back in 2004. That has continued into this season, despite Messi having to adjust his style around a new team. In 11 games this season, Messi has scored 12 goals. Add 6 assists to that and it’s obvious that anything Barcelona produce will come through Lionel Messi in some form.
How To Watch Barcelona v Real Madrid
Barcelona v Real Madrid will be shown live on Premier Sports 1 from 7:00pm on Wednesday 18th December.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Big games are often cagey, but that doesn’t apply to El Clasico. Expect plenty of goals between two sides that have incredible forward players, who will be desperate to gain an edge in the race at the top of La Liga.
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