The biggest game of the Spanish football season takes place on Sunday evening as the giants of Real Madrid and Barcelona do battle in what could be the defining match in this year’s Liga title race.
All eyes will be cast to the Bernabeu in what will be the most watched domestic game of the season. Even if you haven’t got access to Sky Sports, you can join the millions of spectators by following the live broadcast from 7:45PM. Better still, watching online also gives you the chance to make some money through in-play betting.
Bring it on!
Real Waiting On Bale
Gareth Bale is back in training, but it won’t be 100% certain whether the Welshman is fit to play until Sunday. If the former most expensive player in the world is back, it’ll certainly provide a lift. Even if he doesn’t the hosts can be confident.
The Blancos have already beaten one European giant this week, albeit after extra time, and they’ll be more than ready to take on another. Meanwhile, star man Cristiano Ronaldo has already made this a memorable week on a personal level, and would love to complete it in style here.
His compatriot Pepe is still on the sidelines alongside Raphael Varane, which will cause some defensive headaches. Still, the hosts are playing with immense confidence right now and know that a win would virtually seal the title.
In truth, even a draw would do for the Blancos.
Neymar Suspension Upheld
Barcelona’s disappointing week, which started with a Champions League exit, took another turn for the worse on Thursday as their appeal over Neymar’s ban was rejected. As if the trip to their bitter rivals wasn’t hard enough, MSN has now become M&S.
The quality of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez can still cause problems, especially as Real Madrid have defensive absences. Meanwhile, the midfield pairing of Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic should provide plenty of spark in the middle. Despite their obvious problems, you’d be a fool to rule out Barca completely.
Nevertheless, Luis Enrique has cast the figure of a defeated man in recent times, which is a stark contrast to the assured Zinedine Zidane on the home bench. If Barcelona are to get anything from this one, scoring first will be vital.
This isn’t the strongest Barca side we’ve ever seen, but they remain one of the best sides on the planet. If they bring their best here, the title race could be back on.
Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting
With home advantage on their side, Real Madrid have been established as the pre-game favourites by 888sport. However, odds of 11/10 suggest that it won’t be an easy evening for the Blancos. Barcelona, meanwhile, can be backed at 21/10. The draw is available at 3s.
This game almost always produces goals, and both teams will be fully expected to find the target once again in Madrid. Even without Neymar, Barcelona have more than enough quality to find the target. Given the state of the current table, it’s imperative that they do.
Nonetheless, Real Madrid have the mental edge and should have the quality to see this one through in spite of the fact that they’ll probably concede.
Whatever happens, it’s like to be a fierce encounter at the Bernabeu. The competitive nature combined with the inevitable theatrics ensures that there will be several bookings.
The bookings line of 8.5 might be a little high, but it could well be beaten. However, we think the better money is with a sending off at some stage during the evening. With a chance to treble our stake, it’s well worth a punt.