Barca Favourites to Win El Clasico Against Real Madrid

The 2020/21 La Liga table has an unusual look about it right now, with Real Sociedad and Villarreal occupying the top two slots as opposed to Barcelona and Real Madrid who have dominated the Spanish top division over the past few decades.

While there have only been a handful of matches played thus far, it appears as though the two giants of Spanish football might not have things their own way during a season which started late and therefore means a relentless run of fixtures for teams such as Barca and Real who are in the Champions League.

Should Barcelona Be Favourites for El Clasico?

Barcelona have played four La Liga matches so far and have just seven points on the board, with Ronald Koeman making his debut as manager at the Nou Camp and the Dutchman saw Barca lose 1-0 at Getafe in their most recent encounter, with the home side shutting out Messi & Co.

Barca did begin the season like a house on fire thanks to a 4-0 win over Villarreal and this was followed by a 3-0 triumph at Celta Vigo, although plans for a hat-trick of victories were scuppered when the team drew 1-1 with Sevilla and they could only manage one shot on target last weekend.

Even so, the bookies have Barcelona at a best price 5/4 to win this Clasico match and make a statement of intent, with Philippe Coutinho potentially starting this clash after the Brazilian has come in from the cold at the Nou Camp. Antoine Griezmann continues to struggle to make an impact, with the team appearing to be in transition.

Can Real Madrid Claim Three Points at the Nou Camp?

Real Madrid are sitting third in La Liga table and some will like the 11/5 about Los Merengues winning this clash considering that it will be played at an empty stadium and also that Zinedine Zidane’s side have been in relatively strong form since the season began.

Real drew 0-0 away to Sociedad before enjoying three straight wins over Real Betis, Valladolid and Levante, although their quest to enjoy a big winning run were thwarted last weekend when Cadiz pulled off a surprise 1-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane played a strong team in that match but tellingly made four half-time substitutions including the removal of Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric with half an eye on the midweek Champions League engagement although you can bet that Real will be at full-strength for this big match.

What Are the Best Bets For This Match?

Last season’s two Clasico matches were low-scoring affairs, with Real Madrid beating Barcelona 2-0 in March after the teams had played out a goalless draw at the Nou Camp in December. We suspect that this is a game where the two teams will be preoccupied with not losing and perhaps the encounter will be a cagey one.

We think that while Under 2.5 Goals could be a profitable route, we also need to consider that Real are too big on the Full-Time Result betting market. However, rather than punting them to win, a good alternative is getting with the visitors on the Asian Handicap market with half a goal start.

This bet means that we get the draw on our side and that means a draw or away win will see us land a tidy profit, while we’re also going to take an outside punt on No Goalscorer considering that a lack of atmosphere could see a lack of goals.

Barcelona’s teenage forward Anssumane Fati could be the difference between the two sides, although Messi’s stats are on the wane and you can bet that Real will have a plan to keep the game tight.


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