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Real Madrid vs Barcelona – Jose’s silence suggests he’s nervous

| 16.04.2011

You’ll have to go a long way back to find out the last time Real Madrid started a Clasico at the Bernabeu as the underdogs, and Barcelona are dominating the Clasico betting.

Saturday’s La Liga tie is the first of four El Clasicos with the Copa del Rey final next Wednesday followed by the mouthwatering Champions League double header and having opened at 16/1 to win all four, Barcelona were as short as 12/1 to win all four until the betting was suspended.

Match Odds

With La Liga seemingly wrapped up – Barcelona are 1/66 to win the league – there’s a feeling that Jose Mourinho has Saturday’s tie at the bottom of his priority list and that may be why Barcelona are the 6/4 favourites.

Real Madrid are available at 12/5 and Mourinho failed to stoke the fires in a press conference yesterday when he refused to speak to the media.

Mourinho is very proud of his home record as a manager – the loss to Sporting Gijon was just his second in nine years – and with these four games set to define Mourinho’s Real Madrid future, it seems he’s starting to feel the pressure.

Barcelona have won their last five meetings with Real Madrid but have never won six straight games against their rivals, however Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to lose away from home in the league this season and the draw looks the best bet at 12/5.

Total Goals

Real Madrid have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine home games against Barcelona so you can expect another high scoring Clasico with over 2.5 goals available at 8/13.

Incredibly Lionel Messi has never scored against a Mourinho-managed side and so we’re favouring Pedro to get on the scoresheet for Barcelona and he is a huge 3/1 to score any time.

A high-scoring draw seems the most likely result and we’re favouring 2-2 at 12/1.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.