Two El Clasico fixtures in the space of four days. It doesn’t get much better than that really. Real Madrid and Barcelona will be showing down once again at the Bernabeu on the weekend. In midweek Barcelona went there and destroyed their opponents in the Copa del Rey.
Will it be more of the same from the Catalans who are driving towards a league title? The odds on Barcelona to beat Real Madrid are at 13/10* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm) which makes them favourites
Real Madrid 9/5
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm)
Barcelona arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi final. Things stood even at 1-1 after the first leg, Barcelona having had to fight back from being behind in that game. So they were expecting a tough challenge but they found the going fairly easy on the night as they pulled away to a 3-0 win which included a brace from Luis Suarez.
Suarez had been on a five-match goal drought but has now scored three goals in his last two games for the Catalans. That was a superb display from them and that should have given them a tremendous lift for this quick return. Barcelona are currently top of La Liga by seven points over Atletico Madrid, with Real Madrid a further two points back. So a win here for Barcelona and that would see them take a big step towards another league title.
Barcelona are running on a thirteen match undefeated streak of league form at the moment and they have not lost any of their last nine on the road. They have collected win in five of their last six away from the Nou Camp (W1). Barcelona are the top scorers in the league this season with a 65-goal haul. That is 22 more than what Real Madrid have managed to produce across the course of the season.
Barcelona have the upper hand in the recent head to head between themselves and their rivals Real Madrid. Barcelona are on a five-match undefeated streak of form against Los Merengues now. Following their midweek win at the Bernabeu, that is back to back 3-0 success there in all competitions from Barcelona. Barcelona have only lost one of their last four visits there as well across all competitions. So they have reason to turn up with confidence.
Real Madrid lost their last home game, a 2-1 reverse against Girona. That was a big upset but it was their second defeat in their last four games on home soil actually in the league. Throw in their midweek defeat against Barcelona and it’s not been going too well for them. While their form has been better than it was over the first part of the season, there are cracks which are starting to appear there.
It looks as if half of their team could be leaving in the summer. Gareth Bale who scored a winning penalty last weekend at Levante didn’t want to celebrate with his teammates. He is available to play in this one after not being punished for a celebration gesture in a previous match. Sergio Ramos has a cloud hanging over him after being charged with deliberately receiving a booking in the Champions League. Then there is their recent form which hasn’t been great.
Barcelona can make a bold statement in this one. Real Madrid didn’t really have an answer against them in the Copa del Rey. They will be a bit more dialled in this one, but you get the impression it’s not going to take much for their heads to drop if Barcelona get themselves in front. The odds on Barcelona to beat Real Madrid away from home at 13/10 look a pretty good offering for this big El Clasico showdown* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm).
The big Madrid derby, the first of the season happens on the weekend in La Liga. This is going to be one of the highlights of the weekend’s football action. Real Madrid are sitting in second place in the league, one place and two points ahead of their rivals Atletico. There will be some added pressure on home side Real to come up with the win after suffering a big loss in midweek.
Real Madrid even money
Atletico Madrid 11/4
* (betting odds taken on September 28th, 2018 at 4:59 pm)
Real Madrid needs to pick themselves up after they were floored in midweek against Sevilla. In Wednesday night’s action in La Liga, Barcelona had suffered a shock defeat against bottom side Leganes and so Real Madrid had a chance to climb above the Catalans with a result out at Sevilla later that evening. But Los Blancos suffered their first defeat of the season and it was a crushing one at 3-0.
So for the first time this season they will have their resolve tested in having to recover from a loss. Losing momentum before a big Madrid derby is the last thing that they would have wanted, but at least in such a big game, there is not going to be any question about mentality. They are going to be up for this on home soil against their city rivals. Home soil is where Real Madrid have flourished as well this season.
Real Madrid has won all three of their home games in La Liga this season, scoring a total of seven goals across that sequence of games. They have taken a clean sheet in two of those three as well so their home form stands up. That is going to be important for them to try and break out three points in this derby match, after having drawn their last three against Atletico in all competitions (90 minutes).
The most recent was the European Super Cup back in August, which Real did go on to lose in extra time. But they are on an unbeaten run of four matches on home soil in all competitions against Atletico and with a W1 D3 record. So that is a solid pointer that they aren’t likely to lose this La Liga fixture on the weekend. The question is, can they find that winning touch now they need it most?
If the win comes for Real Madrid then it is likely to be by the narrowest of margins. A Real Madrid to win by a 1 goal margin is at 11/4 odds* (betting odds taken on September 28th, 2018 at 5:23 pm). Considering that they have so far only concerned the one goal on home soil this season and they will be facing an Atletico side who have not been at their best on their travels yet, that does appear to offer some value.
Atletico Madrid are just W1 D1 L1 in their three away games this season and with just the one clean sheet on the board. So there should be chances for Real Madrid in this one, although the outcome of the match is likely to stay under 2.5 goals. Five of the last six Madrid derby matches between the two sides at the Bernabeu have finished under the goal line.
Real Madrid needs to show the mental strengths to bounce back from that harrowing midweek set back. This is the perfect opportunity in which to show their strengths and their true selves. With the threat of Gareth Bale and youngsters like Isco and Asensio, they are valuae to right those midweek wrong and get a narrow win in the first Madrid derby of the season.
One of the biggest games at club level in Europe is heading our way on Saturday evening. It is the Madrid derby from the Spanish top flight and with this involving two of the best clubs on the continent at the moment, it is probably going to be a full-on encounter. Visitors to the Calderon always have a tough time in breaking down Atletico there and the home side are in need of the three points. They have produced some top form at home as well this season, but recent defeats out on the road may have dented their confidence a little bit. Real Madrid go into the game sitting top of La Liga and with a six point advantage over their city rivals and won’t want to let their grip on the title race slip backwards in this tough derby match up. A fantastic spectacle to come from Spain on Saturday night.
Atlético Madrid 7/5, Real Madrid 21/10, Draw 9/4
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Here we go then with one of the best fixtures from across European club football. We have a Madrid derby to warm up Saturday evening and we are probably going to be in for another tight and tense affair between these two. We have seen them square off against one another a lot over the last two seasons (eleven times) and Atletico are on top in that sequence of games. Atletico have lost just one of the last eleven against Real Madrid in the league, winning five of them and they are unbeaten now in their last six against Los Merengues. So the head to head form is clearly running with them right now and the bookmakers are slightly siding with them as well going into this one. As well as the head to head against Real, Atletico are a tremendously tough side to beat at the Vicente Calderon.
Atletico have gone W4 D1 in La Liga at home this season, but unlike them, they have scored a total of 18 goals in those five games (which matches the average that they had after five homes when they won the league a couple of years ago). They have scored at least four goals in three of those five at home and they have, for the most part, been tight at the back with only Villarreal have conceded fewer goals than they have done. But then, you have seen Atletico Madrid conceded at least one goal in each of their four games and results lately haven’t quite gone their way with two defeats in their last three and perhaps are just struggling to put it together at the moment.
Granted those two defeats were away from home, but they can still set back a club. Even though Atletico can boast a lot of scoring power as they have Antoine Griezmann (who has four goals in his last six against Real in the league) at even money in the anytime goalscorer market, with Kevin Gameiro at 8/5 and. Yannick Carrasco at a 12/5 price (who has six in his last four at home) they are being heavily outscored still by Real this season in the league. So will their usually tight defence fail them again when Cristiano Ronaldo and co turns up? Even though Atletico are unbeaten in their last six at home against Real, their opponents have never gone seven consecutive matches there without a win before.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane has a W25 D5 L1 league record, with that one loss against Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu. Real are again looking strong this season with an unbeaten W8 D3 L0 record in La Liga this term and they go into this derby with a four match winning streak on their side. They are the second highest scoring side in La Liga, with Barcelona edging them out by just one goal heading into the weekend and they have Cristiano Ronaldo at 5/4 with Bet365 in the anytime goalscorer market to start with but he is on a six match scoreless streak against Atletico Madrid. Gareth Bale is at 7/4 to net and the impressive Alvaro Morata has been going well too. Then there’s Karim Benzema at 8/5 and he has three in his last six against Atletico.
We have seen a lot of tight games between these two lately and two of the three last season ended in a 1-1 draw which is a 5/1 punt to repeat itself in this one. But Real Madrid are on a fifteen match scoring streak away from home in the league and over that sequence of away fixtures have averaged 2.6 goals per game. Real Madrid also are unbeaten in their last sixteen out on the road in the league (W12 D4) and if this come down to another tight duel, will it be one of their star forwards that will make the difference at the end of the day, against an Atletico defence which has been conceding lately? Both teams to score on the night will return you a price of 7/10 with online betting site Bet365. Real go into this one top of the league and a point could keep them there, unless Barcelona win and out-do them on goal difference.
All in all, Real are the ones who have been scoring more and the cracks that have appeared in Atletico’s defence may have come at the wrong time. It’s not often that you are going to see Real Madrid running at such a tempting price at Bet365 to go and win a match and it may be worth a flutter on them breaking their winless form at the Calderon.
This is one of the biggest stages and the biggest stars in the world are out for the latest El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday. The La Liga clash could see Barcelona pull even further away from Real Madrid in the title chase, starring the game a massive ten points ahead of the third placed Whites. So it appears to be advantage Barcelona who have won thirteen of their last fourteen league matches (D1).
It’s pretty tough to stop an attack of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, that’s for sure and Real Madrid found that out in a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Barcelona at the Bernabeu earlier in the season. Barcelona have posted a W5 D1 L1 record in their last seven home league fixtures against the Whites and with Lionel Messi having scored in each of his last six home appearances (all competitions for a total of eight goals) then the Catalans may have the edge over their bitter rivals again.
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Barcelona and Real Madrid will take centre stage in Spain this week for the start of the new Primera Division. Barcelona walked away with the title last season and the Nou Camp outfit are trading as 8/11 favourites to hold onto the crown. When you have Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar up front for you, then you stand a pretty good chance of doing so.
But Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to inspire Real Madrid to success in order to bring the domestic title back to the Bernabeu. Los Merengues are trading as 13/8 second favourites in the La Liga outright winner market, which again looks likely to be nothing more than a two horse race.
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