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Known as El Clasico, this is, by far, the biggest rivalry in football. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona return to action this weekend after the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Real Madrid secured a place in the following stage after an impressive display from Cristiano Ronaldo. With five goals in the two legs, Ronaldo is on the verge of winning another FIFA trophy this year.
On the other hand, Barcelona failed to repeat another miraculous comeback against Juventus as they did in the previous round against PSG. Against all expectations, the Blaugranes ended the 180 minutes without a single goal scored after a 0-0 draw in the 2nd leg.
Luis Enrique already announced his decision to leave the club at the end of the season. After the UCL elimination, Barcelona’s main goal is to win La Liga for the 3rd consecutive year. However, the team is already three points behind Real Madrid in the table and with an extra game. Adding to this, Barcelona will have 24 hours less time to recover from the European clash with Juventus.
Looking at the odds for this game, the bookmakers opened with an extremely valuable price for Real Madrid. Even though that price is no longer available, it’s still a decent one @2.10 due to Barcelona’s recent results and no room for error.
Despite Real Madrid’s problems on defense, the team showed a great attitude against Bayern Munich and that’s the most important thing. On the other hand, Barcelona is not as united as they used to be, which might be fatal against Ronaldo in such good form. Adding to this, Neymar is unavailable for this game due to suspension.
As we mentioned before, Barcelona won’t have the same recovery period as Real Madrid since they played on Wednesday. Although we’re talking about super athletes, we’re approaching the end of a very demanding season. Besides, Barcelona’s recent elimination against Juventus might also affect the team’s morale for this encounter.
Having said that, Real Madrid’s Asian Handicap -0.25 @1.93 at Pinnacle is the best line on the winners market. The Under 3.50 @1.94 is also an interesting approach to this game since Barcelona can’t afford to suffer an early goal.
Therefore, the combined bet – Real Madrid to Win & Under 4.50 @3.00 – is also a great line for those who want to take a higher risk with a smaller stake.
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