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Nic Ladds 12th Dec 2008 - 23:32

Ramos Real-ly needs to spur Madrid on for El Clásico

Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos faces a baptism of fire in La Liga Primera on Saturday night as his new club face their arch-enemies Barcelona at the Camp Nou in El Clásico.

The former Tottenham manager replaced Bernd Schuster in the Santiago Bernabéu hot-seat after the German was sacked following a home defeat to Sevilla. Suggesting they would lose this game certainly didn't help his cause either.

Real now lie fifth in the table, nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona, and they're in serious danger of slipping further behind their Catalan rivals should they lose Saturday's super-clash.

Barça are on simply outstanding form at the moment. Before fielding a virtual B-team (and subsequently losing) against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola's side had gone 20 matches without losing - winning 17 of them.

Given that record, it's hard to see past Barcelona winning this game, and their price of 1/2 favourites reflects this.

Ramos, though, believes Los Merengues can upset the odds, saying: "We're going to the Camp Nou to win."

"We're capable of doing so, as has happened on other occasions. It's going to be a great, hard-fought game."

With that sort of confident frame of mind, the Spaniard might be interested to know we're offering 9/2 about his team taking the three points.

As fans of La Liga Primera will know, El Clásico has a habit of throwing up some surprise results from time-to-time, as well as some classic encounters.

Madrid are unbeaten in the last five, but the last time Barça took a point off them was in a breath-taking battle at the Camp Nou, when Lionel Messi's hat-trick rescued a point for the hosts - he levelled the scores three times, saving his last heroic goal for deep into stoppage-time.

If you fancy history to repeat itself on Saturday night, you'll get 33/1 on your money for a 3-3 draw, or 25/1 should Messi grab another three goals. A safer bet would be probably be the draw at the end of 90 minutes, available at 13/5.

Be sure to join us for the 21:00 kick-off - when the action gets underway you'll still be able to get a bet on. Whatever happens in the match, our betlive service will have all the angles covered.

Barcelona v Real Madrid - Saturday 21:00


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