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Real Madrid v Barcelona: Messi can add pressure on Ronaldo in El Clasico

| 21.12.2017

There’s so much football this Saturday that you just don’t know where to look. But the headline game is surely El Clasico.

Real Madrid and Barcelona meet for the first time in La Liga this season.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have endured a miserable campaign so far. They’re 11 points off the pace and can’t afford to lose to their fierce rivals.

Our traders make Real 23/20 favourites, with the Catalan side 2/1.

This is a must-win game for Los Blancos. They’ve won just nine of their 15 league games so far.

But they’ve been sensational at the Santiago Bernabeu of late, collecting five wins from five. They’ve netted 16 goals in that spell, while keeping four clean sheets.

Barca haven’t tasted defeat since the Super Cup, so the 14/5 for a draw could be the one to be on.

It’s been a difficult season for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese ace missed the opening weeks of the season through suspension after an altercation with a referee in the Spanish Super Cup.

But just four goals in 11 games since his return is far from the usual standards we’ve come to expect of Real’s number seven.

Lionel Messi has been his usual scintillating self though. The Argentine magician has bagged 14 La Liga goals already this season.

He’s also netted 24 times in this famous fixture.

Ronaldo is 3/1 favourite to open the scoring, with Messi next up at 7/2.

You can get Ronnie at 14/5 to net two or more, with 4/1 about Messi grabbing a brace or better.

There hasn’t been a 0-0 in this contest since 2002, so don’t expect much joy from the 22/1 on offer for the Bernabeu to witness a goalless encounter.

Over 3.5 goals is 19/20, with 11/5 saying we see five or more find the back of the net, as happened in this fixture last season.

Both teams to score is 4/11.

Click here for all our El Clasico odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.