Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Tips
The 2018 World Cup will live long in the memories of Spain fans for all the wrong reasons.
Spain headed to Russia as one of the favourites for the trophy but were sent packing after the round of 16. There were serious issues with the style of play they employed throughout the tournament but the damage was done before a ball was even kicked.
Julen Lopetegui had earned the respect of both the Spain players and the Spanish press during the qualifying campaign. Unfortunately he lost it all in an instant when he was unveiled as the new manager of Real Madrid just days before the World Cup began.
Real Madrid came in for huge criticism for the timing of their announcement but it was Lopetegui who carried the can. He was sacked by Spain and began his official duties at Real Madrid in tears at his first press conference.
That was just a matter of months ago but it’s already become clear that Lopetegui’s time at Real Madrid will end in tears as well. The problems at the club go way above the manager’s head but it is Lopetegui who will carry the can again, possibly as soon as this weekend if Real Madrid lose to Barcelona in Sunday’s renewal of El Clasico.
Barcelona to Hammer the Final Nail in the Coffin
When Zinedine Zidane announced that he was leaving Real Madrid after winning the Champions League for an incredible third year in a row, many pundits wondered what was wrong with him. We now know that he had foreseen the problems that have damaged Real this season.
Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid board have not adequately replaced Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus and the team lack the required quality all over the pitch.
Ronaldo’s long-term nemesis, Lionel Messi, will also be absent from El Clasico this weekend. The little Argentine has been in wonderful form this season even as Barcelona have made missteps so his absence after fracturing his arm during the 4-2 win over Sevilla will be a major blow.
That win last weekend took Barcelona back to the top of La Liga. Given Real Madrid’s problems that is exactly where the Catalan side should be and we think they’ll remain there after El Clasico.
The loss of Messi undoubtedly makes things tougher for Barcelona but they have the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez to step up and make the difference. In contrast, it’s tough to pick out a Real Madrid player in any sort of form so the $2.00 that bet365 are quoting on a Barcelona win looks too big to ignore.
Barcelona to Enjoy Themselves as Real Draw Another Blank
Lopetegui has been dealt a tough hand at Real Madrid but he must carry much of the blame for the team’s poor results and performances this season.
Their last four La Liga matches have brought just one point and one goal. That is genuinely shocking for Real Madrid and suggests they’ll find life very tough at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona will need somebody to take the match by the scruff of the neck but we think they’ll be able to take the game to their rivals and score over 2.5 goals at $3.10 with bookmaker.com.au.
It could also be worth betting on Barcelona -1.5 goals at $3.40 with Madbookie.
Luis Suarez hasn’t quite looked like the same player this season but he remains one of the deadliest strikers in the world on his day. He’ll relish the chance to lead the line against Real Madrid and could well be the man to break the deadlock at $5.40 with Unibet.
El Clasico Top Betting Tips
Barcelona to win at $2.00 with bet365
Barcelona to score over 2.5 goals at $3.10 with bookmaker.com.au
Barcelona -1.5 goals at $3.40 with Madbookie
Luis Suarez to score first at $5.40 with Unibet
- Odds are correct at the time of writing.
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