- El Clásico carried-over from October takes place this week
- Real looking to end a miserable run in this fixture
- Luis Suarez on a run seven goals in his last six games against
It’s first versus second, as leaders Barca entertain Real Madrid in the first El Clásico of the season – a carry-over from the game that was canceled on Matchday 10.
With both teams tied at the top of the league on 35 points, it promises to as tense and titanic as ever but are there any value bets to be had? We’ll take a close look.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Odds
|Barcelona||-0.5, -1.0 (-103)||-130||O 3, 3.5 (-106)|
|Real Madrid||+0.5, +1.0 (-117)||+310||U 3, 3.5 (-114)|
All odds taken on Dec. 17.
Stakes Are High in First El Clásico of the Season
As ever, this game has the potential to double as a La Liga title decider, with the winners earning themselves a decisive edge as the season approaches the halfway stage. It could also end up being a pivotal fixture for both managers – Ernesto Valverde and Zinedine Zidane – with both being under pressure to deliver, at the very least, another La Liga title.
This game provides an unplanned pre-Christmas midweek treat for the Spanish soccer public after their first scheduled meeting of the season, planned for October, was postponed due to a series of political demonstrations in Catalonia. Fears the protests could spill over into the Camp Nou were enough for the Spanish police to ask for the game to be canceled, also amid rumors of Barca fans blocking the route of the Real Madrid team bus.
Assuming Wednesday’s game passes off peacefully, Real will be looking to continue an unbeaten run that has extended to 11 games; a run preserved on Sunday when Karim Benzema scored a 95th-minute goal in Valencia to earn Los Blancos a point (from an assist from keeper Thibaut Courtois).
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head
|11 / 16||Number of wins / Number of games||10 / 16|
|3||Number of losses||1|
|43 / 2.69||Number of goals scored / Per game||33 / 2.06|
|20 / 1.25||Number of goals conceded / Per game||12 / 0.75|
|63.50||Average possession per game (%)||58.25|
|609.81||Average passes per game||523.13|
|26||Number of La Liga titles won||33|
Real Looking to End Horrible Run
While Real Madrid were drawing in Valencia, Barcelona were drawing 2-2 away to Real Sociedad, in what was a stormy evening in San Sebastián. Barca were denied what they thought was a nailed on last-gasp penalty for a foul on Gerard Pique but were denied by the referee without him consulting VAR. Chaos ensued.
So, both teams come into this one off the back of a draw but with the stats heavily favoring Barca. Real have won only one of their last nine La Liga matches against the Catalonians and have not won any of the last six El Clasicos in any competition. An additional twist – that won’t be lost on the visitors – is that Luis Suarez has scored seven goals in his last six games against Real, and with the game being in Barcelona, everything points to a home win.
But, Real’s poor run against their biggest rivals has to end at some point, and a defense that’s conceded only 12 goals all season is better equipped than most to contain the threat of Suarez, Messi and co. Against the odds, this could be when the tide turns back in Real’s favor and when their Galacticos – Gareth Bale, Isco and co – finally deliver again at the Camp Nou.
Pick: Real Madrid to win (+310)