Barcelona V Real Madrid
Sunday 22nd March. 8PM. Sky Sports 1
It’s the biggest rivalry in world football and the latest instalment of el Clasico is set raise the roof once more.
All eyes will be turned to the Camp Nou for this mouth-watering clash and the two titans will be at loggerheads as they bid to gain the advantage in this year’s La Liga title-race.
Prepare yourselves for a classic!
Magician Messi Out To Prove He’s No.1
Since seeing Cristiano Ronaldo pick up a third Ballon d’Or award, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been absolutely phenomenal, helping the Catalan giants to 17 wins from their last 18 matches and netting 20 goals in the process.
Messi has scored 17 La Liga goals in 2015; more than Real Madrid’s attacking trio of Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo combined (five each).
However, the Argentina captain isn’t Barcelona’s only in-form striker. Neymar has enjoyed a phenomenal second season in Spain and will be looking to further prove his worth in this pivotal clasico, whilst record signing Luis Suarez is also finally hitting top form. The former Liverpool star faced a difficult debut at the Bernabeu but is firing on all cylinders now and will be eager to make his mark.
The formidable attacking trio aren’t Barca’s only strength, though, as Luis Enrique’s men enter this clash having conceded just 16 league goals all season. That’s the best defensive record in the division and is accompanied by the most frequent home scoring record. The league leaders are purring at both ends of the pitch.
Barcelona won both league meetings in 2013/14, another three points on Sunday could set them on their way to the Liga crown.
Can Blancos Bounce Back?
In almost complete contrast to their opponents, Real Madrid have hit their worst form of the entire campaign in recent weeks and Carlo Ancelotti will be eager to see his side confirm their return to winning ways with three points at the Camp Nou.
Whilst it’s easy to point the fingers at the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo, it is no surprise that Real’s poor form has coincided with the month long injury to Sergio Ramos. The Blancos dropped several points in the defender’s absence before keeping a clean sheet on his return last weekend, his presence could be absolutely vital.
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale’s return to scoring ways will inspire confidence and if the European trio completed by Karim Benzema can outshine the home side’s South American frontline then Ancelotti’s men could re-establish themselves as the title favourites.
Whatever happens, it should be one hell of a contest!
Barcelona V Real Madrid Betting
Unsurprisingly, the in-form hosts enter this crucial Clasico as the bookmakers’ favourites at odds of 4/6 with Bet365. Meanwhile, both the draw and away win can be backed at 7/2. With Betfair offering a great promo of 5/1 Barcelona or 7/1 Real Madrid plus £100 free bet bundle it seems to be the perfect time to get started with them.
Whilst we cannot argue with the general consensus that Barca will win, the bet that stands out to us is Ronaldo anytime goalscorer.
The Real Madrid superstar is enduring his most difficult time at the club but a Clasico offers the perfect chance to win the fans back over. We cannot remember the last time we saw him priced this generously to find the target and are unable to resist.
Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime @ 7/4 with Coral
Nevertheless, we think Barcelona will make home advantage count as they race towards the Liga title.
Both teams should score at some stage, but the trio of Neymar, Messi and Suarez are enjoying a fantastic time of late and should be ready to fire the home side to three points.
BTTS & Barcelona Win @ 13/8 with Bet365