With just three points between the giants of La Liga, the timing couldn’t have been better to witness the biggest and most anticipated match in the world of football, El Classico. The last period of any championship is the most dramatic, which makes it the most exciting time to be betting on La Liga. The clash will take place at the Bernabéu and a win for Los Blancos will widen the gap to six points, with still a game in hand to be played. We’ll take a closer look at the clash of the year and the betting information surrounding it to ensure you’ll make smart betting decisions when betting on El Classico and other La Liga matches this weekend.
Bet on Madrid vs Barcelona
As soon as the fixtures are announced, football betting fans from around the world mark their calendars to watch one of the biggest clashes in the world of sport. The last time Barcelona beat Madrid was back in 2015, when the Catalan’s embarrassed Madrid at the Bernabéu with four goals to nil. However, there was nothing between them the last time they met and both had to settle for a point. This time round though, there is far more intensity and meaning behind the game, and if three points are collected, it can either make it one of the closest seasons in recent history, or edge Madrid even closer to winning it. Madrid are the favourites to win the game, with odds of 2.10 to emerge victorious. From their last six meetings, five of them ended in over 2.5 goals and both teams scored. Odds for these bets are set at 1.39 and 1.38 respectively.
Madrid haven’t won a Classico at the Bernabéu since 2014, which proves that the home advantage is not a deciding factor in these big clashes. Both Ronaldo and Suarez found the net on three occasions in six of these encounters and odds for them to score at any time are priced at 1.87 for Ronaldo and 2.25 for Suarez. Both teams will be competing in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals and playing two monumental matches in a week will surely take a toll on form, morale and confidence. Barcelona will need to show their true fighting spirit, and they have done so in the past, (Paris-SG massacre) but how will they fair against two of the most solid defence structures in European football?
The Catalan side's mission won't be made any easier with the news that Neymar will be absent through suspension. The 25 year old Brazilian International was sent-off against Malaga, and after applauding the fourth official on his way off the pitch, he was slapped with an extension ban.
The home side will miss the services of Gareth Bale, who is also set to miss the mid-week clash against Bayern Munich, as his calf injury continues to persist. Isco, who replaced Bale when he got injured against Sociedad, found the net twice, helping his team collect all three points.
A win for Los Blancos will give them a firm grip of the championship, however, if the Catalan collect all three points, it will leapfrog them to first place on goal difference, having played an extra game.
The first El Classico showdown of 2017 will also be Luis Enrique's last in La Liga as Barcelona manager and with the two clubs neck-in-neck for the La Liga title, it should be an unmissable display.