Real Madrid v Barcelona Tips and Betting Offers, La Liga, 21st November
Real Madrid against Barcelona is without doubt a massive game in world football and you can bet that much of the planet will be watching Cristiano Ronaldo and co. light up the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening. The game divides Spain in two with almost every football fan preferring one to the other and it should be a cracking spectacle as the blue and red of Barcelona come up against the white of Real Madrid. Read on for the latest betting tips, free bets, offers and analysis, or why not check out our City v Liverpool preview?
Barcelona currently sit top of La Liga and are three points ahead of Real having comfortably dispatched Villarreal prior to the international break for the Euros and after what was a very close start to the league, with Villarreal and Celta Vigo rising to the top of the league in the early weeks, normality has been restored. Luis Enrique doesn’t appear to have got his troops firing on all cylinders yet and the side that romped to the treble last season has taken a while to get going, even losing 4-1 to Celta Vigo earlier in the league campaign.
However, they have got going since then, despite the ongoing absence of the incomparable Lionel Messi, and have won six out of the last seven in all competitions with their only failure to find a victory coming in the Copa del Rey as third tier side Villanovense put in a spirited performance to claim a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their tie against the Catalan giants.
Real have also been in good nick this season having lost only one of their 15 matches in all competitions thus far, however, their problem has been the number of draws they have picked up and they sometimes struggle to find the killer instinct. They go into this fixture on the back of a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Sevilla which is by no means an upset given that Sevilla have also beaten Barca at home and their form at the Ramon Sanchez Piszjuan is spectacular.
With 20 goals, Lionel Messi is the all-time top goalscorer in El Clasico and after a spell on the sidelines, he may well be in line for a return this weekend, however, it is very unlikely that he would see out the full 90 minutes. When he was injured there were a lot of nerves around Camp Nou at the time but Neymar has stepped in to fill the void left by Messi brilliantly and we’re tipping him to get his side’s first goal of the game. It may well be a goal in vain however, as we’re tipping the home side to win this one after a cagey and nervy first half, with odds of 6/1 at BetVictor just too good to turn down!