By William Hill
Last Updated: 18th December 2019
Wednesday evening sees one of the biggest fixtures in world football take place – El Clasico.
Barcelona host Real Madrid in the first meeting of the season between the two footballing giants, after the original fixture had to be rescheduled from October 26. We guide you through the best bets from the game.
After 16 games of the season, there is virtually nothing to separate the two teams. Both have 35 points and the goal difference is only two in favour of the hosts. While Barcelona average over 2.5 goals a game, Real are conceding less than a goal a game, contrasting the two styles employed by both sides. The Catalan giants have a plethora of attacking talent, with Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann complimenting the magnificent Lionel Messi, and Barca are just 4/7 to score over 1.5 goals.
After struggling in the wake of Zinedine Zidane’s departure from the club, coupled with Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to depart for pastures new, Real look reborn this season. With Zidane again at the helm, French striker Karim Benzema seems to finally have fulfilled the potential so many thought he had, while the squad has been improved with shrewd purchases from across the continent. That being said, Los Blancos haven’t won a Clasico since 2016 and will be eager to end that drought. Real are 16/5 to win at the Nou Camp.
El Clasico is a fixture which captivates fans from all over the globe for a number of reasons, not least with the sheer amount of talent on show. The last five meetings between these sides have seen 19 goals and this game looks set to be another cracker. Whoever wins will be the firm favourite for the title, but home advantage looks a big advantage for Barcelona. Ernesto Valverde’s side are 7/4 with both sides finding the net, which looks good value in this midweek thriller.
The pantomime villain
Sergio Ramos is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, yet he is one of the most carded players as well. He holds the record for being the most carded player in the league, as well as the most sent-off. However, he is also a remarkable goalscorer, with 62 league goals in his career, including on the biggest of stages, the Champions League final. Ramos will undoubtedly be at the centre of attention at the Nou Camp, but if he is in the mood he could offer value to score anytime at 4/1.