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El Clasico Review with bet365

Posted 17th November 2015

Barcelona take on Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday 21st at 17:15 GMT, and this will be the 230th competitive match between the two colossal sides, and one to remember hopefully!

Reigning title holders Barca lead Real by 3 points in La Liga, but Real do host the greater goal difference of +19, compared to +13 of Barca; losing just once so far with strategist Rafa Benitez at the helm. The home side are slight favourites for the tie at 29/20 (2.45), despite losing their last league game 3-2 away to Sevilla. This was Real's first defeat of the season, so it is Barca who are the more notable in-form side following a comfortable 3-0 victory against Villarreal and are now undefeated in 7 games from all competitions, with 4 consecutive league wins. The Blaugrana are 17/10 (2.70) to triumph on Saturday, whilst the draw is an appealing 5/2 (3.50).

It is fair to say that Barca have managed just fine without their Messi'ah, with Neymar and Suarez both kindly contributing and topping the La Liga scorers table in the process! Neymar scored a wonderful goal last week to make it 11 goals so far, and Suarez has 9; both marginally ahead of Ronaldo's 8. Messi is the fixture's top scorer of all time however, with 21 goals from 21 games in all competitions incredibly, and the talisman could well make his long awaited return from injury in this crucial tie, having since re-joined his teammates in training. Barca did win the last El Clasico meeting 2-1 last March.

Odds of 2/5* (1.40) on Both Teams to Score, and 19/40* (1.47) on Over 2.5 goals hints at the expectations of an immense high scoring game, so you'll be pleased to know we're live streaming this game worldwide, with the exceptions of Spain, Andorra, the Middle East, North Africa and the USA, and I'm sure this will be of great interest in line with the alternative of expensive pay-per-view or subscription channels elsewhere. Please do remember that a funded account is required.

Result & Both Teams to Score is another highly relevant market for this fixture, given the high scoring nature, and one that will see plenty of backing from customers looking for a bit of extra value in their bet. Real Madrid and Barca are both 3/1 (4.00) to win with both teams scoring, whilst Los Blancos are 9/2 (5.50) to win to nil and Barca are 5/1 (6.00) to do the same.

In a lesser appealing scenario for the punter, a bore draw will lead to a refund on all correct score, half-time/full-time and scorecast markets! Better yet, link this game with other fixtures from top European leagues, such as Man City v Liverpool on the same day, in an accumulator to earn a % bonus on your winnings.

*Odds correct as of 11:00 GMT 17/11/15. .