'El Clasico' Soccer Picks: Best Odds To Play in Highly Anticipated La Liga Fixture

SBR Staff

Friday, November 20, 2015 9:16 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 9:16 PM UTC

The biggest and most eagerly anticipated game in world soccer takes place this Saturday and our expert has lots of great soccer picks for you to win big when betting 'El Clasico'.

European champions Barcelona travel to the home of arch-rivals Real Madrid on Saturday for El Clasico, the biggest and most eagerly anticipated game in world soccer. Just three points separate these staunch enemies at the top of La Liga, with Barca surging ahead courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Villareal in their last game. Real Madrid slumped to a 3-2 defeat away at Sevilla and now have some making up to do as football’s ultimate two-horse race gallops on. 

Real Madrid start this match as narrow favorites, priced at +137.5 at Bet Victor, by virtue of being the home side. That is undoubtedly the most generous price you will see on Real Madrid at home all season, as they are normally odds-on favourites at the Bernebeu, where they have won six, drawn one and lost none so far this season. The generous odds on offer for Real reflect the quality in the current Barcelona side. Inspired by the mercurial talents of Lionel Messi, they swept away all and sundry last season on their way to winning the treble of Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey, while Real ended the season just two points behind their nemeses but empty-handed. It was one of the most successful seasons in Barcelona’s rich history and – despite losing their talisman Messi to injury – they have continued their strong form this term. 

They go into this game on the back of four straight victories and in Messi’s absence the Brazilian Neymar and his strike partner Luis Suarez have been in scintillating form, notching up 20 goals between them in just 11 league games. Messi may return from a lengthy lay-off to face Real Madrid, creating the mouth-watering prospect of the all-conquering attacking triumvirate that dominated Europe last season being reunited for this season’s biggest game. Barcelona will cause all sorts of problem’s for Real’s defence. At +175 they are narrow outsiders to win this game and again that is probably the longest price you will see on Barcelona all season, considering the ease with which they normally steamroller teams. 

Ultimately home advantage could decide this game. Last season Real beat Barca 3-1 at home, while the Catalan side gained revenge by beating Real 2-1 at Camp Nou. The bookmakers clearly agree by making Real favorites. But Barcelona are still the superior side, and the +175 on offer at Sky Bet for them is too good to ignore. 
Alternatively, hedge your bets and pick a few correct scores. This is likely to be a tight, tense affair – El Classico so frequently is. You would expect both teams to score, given their strengths going forwards, but you would not expect a high-scoring game. Bet Victor is offering +950 on Barcelona to win 2-1, which looks a strong bet. Then you could go for a 1-1 draw (+800 with Bet Victor, which is offering almost all of the best prices on this game) and Real to win 2-1 (+850 with Bet Victor). The price on there being under 3.5 goals in this game is -146 with 888, which looks another good soccer pick

A lot of fun can also be had in the first goal scorer stakes. Cristiano Ronaldo, the king of the Bernebeu, naturally starts as soccer odds favorite at +400 with Boyle Sports, and considering he has bagged eight goals in 11 league games so far that is a decent price. Next up is Messi at +450, but that is worth avoiding as nobody knows if he will actually start and he is likely to be rusty after a lengthy spell on the treatment table. Then come Neymar and Suarez (both +500 with various bookmakers) and they are great value for that. If forced to pick one, go for Suarez, who has a habit of popping up with crucial goals in big games thanks to his expert movement and lethal finishing. 

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