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Jonathan Cordingley 27th Nov 2009 - 22:25

Barca and Real face off in 'El Clasico'

El Grand Clasico! El Derby, the derby of derbies, it has many names and is of big significance within Spanish society. Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for, it’s here, its...Barcelona (3/4) vs Real Madrid (3/1)!

Rather than give you a lengthy history lesson, let’s just say that Real means Royal and Royal meant Francisco Franco. Franco was dictator of Spain between 1939 and 1975 and a staunch Real Madrid fan. Amongst many other things, the fascist leader banned the Catalan language used by the people of Barcelona.

Nowadays things are different, but the history will never go away and the tension will always be present. Just ask Louis Figo, Michael Laudrup or former Real manager Bernd Schuster, all of whom crossed the divide during their playing days. Any long term followers of La Liga will never forget the image of the pig’s head that somehow made its way into the Nou Camp to be thrown at Louis Figo, who just a year or two earlier was the darling of the Barca fans.

Now to the game it’s self and after Barca’s draw with Athletic and Real’s win over Racing last week, you have to say that while they are not winning in style, Real are the form team of the two.

However, as they often say in football derbies, form goes out of the window and I’m inclined to agree in this case. Consider if you will, Real’s biggest test of the season in week 6 when they travelled to the Ramon Sanchez Piquain to face Seviila.

The gist of my article focused on Madrid’s lack of cohesion, inability to defend set pieces and the fact that they had yet to face a decent team who would test them on these flaws. The result: 2-1 to Seville, flaws exposed and fears confirmed.

I could be wrong, but I think the same occurs again and Bacra win. To add further weight to my theory cast your mind back towards the end of last season when Real hosted Barca. Real had built up some steam after a terrible start to the season and Barcelona were stuttering after their large lead at the top of the table began to wither. Many pundits predicted a Real Madrid win, but after a good start from Real, Barcelona ran riot and won 6-2 to the horror of the Bernabeu crowd.

Anyone who wants to look at the alternatives will be pleased with 13/5 price on offer for a draw and the double chance bet of 2 or x (Real or a draw) at even money.

With 180 different markets there are literally too many to choose from, so have a good look and whatever you bet on, make sure you enjoy the game and soak up the atmosphere.

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