Real Madrid v Barcelona Prediction & Betting Tips – 23rd April 201719th April 2017 / lee
Real Madrid v Barcelona La Liga, 23rd April 7.45pm
This is a huge showdown at the top of the Spanish league and it could pretty much decide the title from here on out. Real Madrid are defending a three-point lead at the top of the table over Barcelona and they have a game in hand over their rivals. So this is a must win game for Barcelona who needs a very special night at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid are 11/10 for the win, with Barcelona at 2/1 and the draw at 3/1.
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Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tips
This is a huge, perhaps season-defining game in the Spanish top flight. Real Madrid holds the aces and they are going to be tough to beat on home soil. This is a big chance for them to open up what would probably be an unassailable six-point lead with a game in hand over Barcelona in the title race. Real Madrid have suffered just the two defeats in their last six El Clásico games at Santiago Bernabéu (W3 D1 – all competitions) – the last one ended in a 4-0 win for them. They are unbeaten in their last two La Liga games against Barcelona (W1 D1) which is actually their best run against them since March 2013. There was a 1-1 draw between them at the Nou Camp earlier in the season. At home in La Liga this term, Real Madrid have gone W12 D4 L0 and they have averaged 2.5 goals per game there.
This one to go over 2.5 goals (as 75% of their home games have done this season) can be backed at a price of 4/11. You would expect the Whites to get on the board as they have scored in each of their last 43 league home games now but then again they have conceded in each of their last 22 games against Barcelona in all competitions. Both teams to score at Bet365 is a quote of 4/11 and up in the correct score market, the 1-1 draw is the shortest priced option at 15/2 followed by a 2-1 win for Real Madrid at 17/2. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in El Clásico in all competitions and after his midweek hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, he is a quote of 8/13 in the anytime goalscorer market. Although, CR7 has only scored five goals in his 12 El Clásico games at Santiago Bernabéu, three of them from penalties (all comps). Sergio Ramos is always worth a flutter in games like this for 9/2 and Real Madrid are La Liga side with most goals scored by defenders this season (13). Karim Benzema has scored five goals in his last five El Clásico games at Santiago Bernabéú in La Liga and is 10/11 to net.
Barcelona have to find a way to win this one to keep their title hopes alive. The Catalans have gone W10 D3 L3 out on the road in the Spanish top flight but they have lost two of their last three, having gone down against Deportivo and Malaga recently. It’s not been good enough but you can never totally write them off of course. They will miss Neymar for this one as he is suspended. Barcelona did win their last league visit to the Bernabeu and they will need their big guns firing on the weekend to repeat that. Lionel Messi is a Bet365 10/11 anytime goalscorer option with Luis Suarez at even money. Lionel Messi has won more points with his goals than any other player in La Liga this season (17 points with 29 goals). Suarez has four league goals against Madrid since his move to Barcelona in 2014/15. Barcelona have scored 70% of their goals thanks to their strikers, the highest percentage of any team in La Liga this season.
Who will win – Real Madrid v Barcelona Predictions
Draw: Real Madrid have one hand on the title and they aren’t going to let it slip most likely in this one. Barcelona had a big success in last season’s match up at the Bernabeu, but you would have to fancy Madrid holding out for a point in this one as that would suit them.
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