Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Odds, 23rd December 2017: Classic Clasico?

Saturday, 23/12/2017, Time: 13:00

The La Liga season is on the verge of the winter break, but they’ve saved a huge clash to finish the year. With Real Madrid falling behind in the title race, they need a victory in El Clasico to close the gap on Barca. It’s an impressive way to end the calendar year, given the talented players across both teams and everything that surrounds meetings between these two. Will this be a turning point for Zinedine Zidane, or are his troops going to struggle once again?

Draw No Bet Tips

These two are meeting for the first time since August, when Real Madrid won the Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate. Having dished out two defeats to their bitter rivals, Real looked to be on course for a new era of domination over the Catalans, who’d just sold the heir to Lionel Messi’s throne. However, things haven’t quite gone to plan, with Ernesto Valverde taking Barca to the top of La Liga in excellent style, while Zidane’s seemingly all-conquering Real have struggled to keep pace.

The European champions have already slipped up on three occasions at home this term, while they have spent the last week in Abu Dhabi at the Club World Cup. That’s not ideal preparation for the biggest game of their season so far, especially while Barca keep winning to strengthen their position at the top. Having opened up a six point lead over Atletico Madrid, the Catalans are also now 11 points ahead of the reigning champions, and that lead might just be about to get bigger.

Barca head here having won three of the last four league clashes at the Bernabeu. On top of that, the visitors have won 20 of their last 23 league games. That run brings them to the capital in great form, and they’ll be out to strike a blow that could leave Zidane facing the sack. With Barca looking much better across the season, our main tip is to back them on the Draw No Bet market. That is best priced at 13/10 with BetVictor according to our odds comparison.

Anytime Goalscorer Tips

It’s rare that you see Lionel Messi at 21/20 with Coral to score anytime. The odds for this market show Cristiano Ronaldo as the favourite to score in the 90 minutes, but we’re predicting the Argentine will deliver given how he almost single-handedly won this fixture last season to keep Barca in the title race. He followed that up with an infamous celebration which has spawned plenty of imitators, but Messi could well be presenting his shirt to the Madrid faithful once again on Saturday.

The Argentine stepped up early on to fill the void left by Neymar, and he’s coming back into form just in time to deliver a blow to Real. You also have to consider that this clash comes not too long after Ronaldo beat Messi to the Balon d’Or, so the Baca talisman will be looking to lay down a marker. We’re backing Messi to find the net in Madrid, which does seem like great value given the unusually big odds.

Match Result and Total Goals Tips

Clashes between these two giants have been really high scoring of late, which is hardly surprising given how they have amassed attacking talent. Both sides have players who can change the game in an instant, and we could end up seeing a very end to end clash between these two brilliant forward lines. In their last 23 league games, the champions have scored at least twice in 20, while the Catalans have scored two or more in 21 of those. With that kind of scoring form behind them, surely there’s going to be quite a few goals shared at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon?

Well, there will be if recent contests here are anything to go by. Four of the last five meetings between these two sides at this ground have seen over 3.5 goals scored.Barca have scored three or more goals in three of their previous four visits to this ground, and they’ll be out to rack up a few goals in Saturday’s huge game.

Over 3.5 goals is currently priced at nice betting odds of evens with Coral here according to our odds comparison, but we prefer adding the away win in there for some extra value. Our final tip here is to back a Barca win and over 3.5 match goals, which is available at odds of 5/1 with Ladbrokes.