Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Sunday, December 15, 2019 9:32 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 9:32 PM UTC

The biggest game of the season takes place on Wednesday...
<div><h2>Barcelona vs Real Madrid</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wednesday, December 18, at Camp Nou</strong></a></p><p>Archrivals Barcelona and Real Madrid meet at the Nou Camp for the biggest game of the season on Wednesday. El Clasico always attracts hundreds of millions of fans from across the world, and they are typically treated to an entertaining contest. Barca have a very strong record in this fixture over the past few years, as they have not tasted defeat against Real Madrid since 2016 in La Liga. Since then they have picked up four wins and two draws, and they beat Los Blancos home and away last season.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Barcelona started star attacking trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann up front against Real Sociedad on Saturday. The latter two were on target as it finished 2-2 at Anoeta. Arthur is injured, so Ivan Rakitic started alongside Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets in midfield, while Clement Lenglet partnered Gerard Pique in defence. Jordi Alba is back from injury, and Nelson Samedo is also in contention to start at right-back. Ousmane Dembele is still out, so teenage sensation Ansu Fati and Carles Perez will provide back-up to the front three.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Zinedine Zidane left Gareth Bale on the bench in Real Madrid’s tense 1-1 draw against Valencia on Sunday night. Eden Hazard is out injured, so Isco and Rodrygo started either side of Karim Benzema, with Vinicius Junior also on the bench. It was interesting to see young midfielder Federico Valverde start alongside veterans Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, with Casemiro on the bench. That gives Los Blancos more energy in the middle of the park, but Casemiro could be reinstated for El Clasico due to his experience. Marcelo is injured, but the rest of Real Madrid’s back four are fit.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Barcelona have been a difficult team to bet on this season. They sent a second string side to Bayer Leverkusen last week and secured victory, despite not needing to get anything from the game, as they were already through to the last 16 of the Champions League. They could then only take a point against Real Sociedad. However, their home record is impeccable: seven wins from seven games, with 30 goals scored and a +21 goal difference. They thrashed Real Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou last season, so it is easy to see why they are the favourites for this game. They will also have enjoyed an extra day of rest, as their game was on Saturday and Real played on Sunday.</p><p><strong>Tips: <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Coral">Barcelona to win and over 1.5 goals at 19/20 (1.95) with Coral</a>; <a href=";a=8e57de00-8c0e-4848-b6da-ea2a0f565fb1&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="888 Sport">Barcelona to win and Lionel Messi to score at 2.40 (7/5) with 888 Sport Bet Builder</a></strong></p></div>
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