Let’s look at this second El Clásico matchup in the last four days and find some solid betting angles in a match which seems destined to have a frenzied pace with Marc-André ter Stegen and the Blaugrana desperately chasing 2 goals heading in.
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Karim Benzema and defending La Liga champions Real Madrid welcome Lionel Messi and Spanish Copa del Rey winners Barcelona to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid on Wednesday night for Leg 2 of the 2017 Supercopa de España. 2017 FIFA Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and the two-time European titlists defeated Barça, 3-1 on Sunday in Leg 1 with Ronaldo scoring a goal, but also being red-carded, pushing a Referee and subsequently being suspended 5 games for his actions, meaning the 32-year-old Portuguese native won’t be playing in this match or Madrid’s first four fixtures in La Liga play.
Offshore sportsbook Intertops has Real Madrid +130 favorites on soccer odds in the Three-Way market over Barcelona (+160) here with a Draw priced at +275 and the Total at 3½ (Under -133, Intertops). In the To Win Both Halves Props market, Barcelona is +575 with Madrid priced at +500 (Intertops) while in the Double Chance market, Barcelona or Draw is priced at -189, Madrid or Draw at -232 and Real Madrid or Barcelona and a winner and No Draw currently at -476 (Intertops). Spaniard José María Sánchez Martínez will be the Referee for this Leg 2.
FC Barcelona (5/1 to win UEFA Champions League, Intertops) were embarrassed in Leg 1 on Sunday, just days after seeing Neymar head to France’s Ligue 1 and Paris Saint-Germain in a record-setting Summer Transfer move leaving the Catalans coveting playmakers like Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) and Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund). In Leg 1 at Home at Camp Nou for Barcelona (-105 to win La Liga, Intertops), Lionel Messi (Anytime Goalscorer -105, William Hill) scored for the Catalans on a PK in the 77th minute, but Barcelona was badly outplayed after the first 30 minutes or so with the youthful and deep Real Madrid squad able to create a number of quality scoring chances in this El Clásico Supercopa. Expect Messi, Luis Suárez (Anytime Goalscorer -105, William Hill) and Barcelona (4-1-0, 12 GF-4 GA Preseason) to score a couple goals here but possibly be overwhelmed by the Site and situation with the coming Spanish Primera Liga season and UEFA Champions League and a sudden void created by Neymar’s departure last week. Rafinha Alcântara (Knee), Thomas Vermaelen (Knee) and André Gomes are Injury concerns for Barça.
In Leg 1 at Camp Nou on Sunday, FC Barcelona Manager Ernesto Valverde went with a Starting XI: GK Ter Stegen; Alba, Umtiti, Piqué, Vidal; Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic; Deulofeu, Suárez and Messi.
Real Madrid CF
Although Real Madrid (-118 to win La Liga, Intertops) will be without superstar Ronaldo here, Manager Zinedine Zidane and Los Blancos will see Luka Modric (Anytime Goalscorer +500, Paddy Power) return from his Suspension—for a Red Card he picked up three years ago—and with Isco plugging in at CR7’s left Forward wing spot on the Madrid attack and Gareth Bale (Anytime Goalscorer +125, Sky Bet) back, Madrid have more than enough options. In Leg 1 on Sunday, the defending La Liga and the UEFA Champions League holders benefitted from an Own Goal from the Catalans Gerard Piqué in the 50th minute, saw Ronaldo give them a 2-1 lead in the 80th minute and then sealed the game—and maybe the series and the silverware—when Marco Asensio (Anytime Goalscorer +200, Sky Bet) scored in the 90th minute. Real Madrid (+500 to win UEFA Champions League, Intertops) got great play from regulars like Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema (Anytime Goalscorer +125, Sky Bet) as well as from fresher faces like 23-year-old Croatian Mateo Kovacic (Anytime Goalscorer +600, Paddy Power)—who started in the Midfield—rising stars Isco and Carlos Casemiro, goalscorer Asensio and Lucas Vázquez. This Roster is loaded.
In Leg 1 at Barcelona, Zidane put out a Real Madrid Starting XI of: GK Navas; Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal; Kovacic, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Benzema, Bale.Madrid TWC Forecast, Series Results, Match Picks; An Anticlimactic El Clásico on the Midweek Horizon?
After a very hot Summer day, the TWC forecast for the Spanish capital of Madrid on Wednesday evening is currently calling for Clear Skies, a Low of 68° F with NW Winds from 5 to 10 mph and 27% Humidity. A look at the L6 meetings in this world-famous El Clasico series (BAR 1-3 RM, RM 2-3 BAR, RM 2-3 BAR, BAR 1-1 RM, BAR 1-2 RM, RM 0-4 BAR) shows Barcelona to be 3-1-2 in games averaging 3.83 gpg. With the pressure on the Catalans to get an early goal and get back in this thing, expect a frenetic pace from the start, thus the seemingly high (but normal) 3½ Total for this now world famous Soccer matchup. And backing the Over is again the call here with that expected Pace and nervousness from Messi & Co. and Madrid having so many scorers wanting to prove their worth—especially with CR7 shelved for five games now with his Suspension. Barcelona is 15-7-9 (W-D-L) the El Clásicos.
With team heartbeat Marcelo, electric playmaker Isco (Anytime Goalscorer +187, Sky Bet), Toni Kroos (Anytime Goalscorer +450, Sky Bet) and Madrid able to feel so loose with 3 Road goals and a 2-goal lead heading into this leg, the sheer number of players clicking for hosts Madrid—which went a lethargic 1-2-1 (90-minutes) in the Preseason (3-2 SU), largely without CR7—makes Los Blancos (+130, Intertops) the pick again even in a match they can lose and still dethrone 2016 Spanish Super Cup winners Barcelona. This team won’t want to head into the new season with Ronaldo missing the first four fixtures and off a loss and protecting the sacred Bernabéu soil seems very doable with the underrated Navas in goal and all this pure talent.PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 2SPANISH SUPER CUP LEG 2 WEDNESDAY PICKS: Real Madrid +130 & Over 3½ -105 Best Line Offered: at Intertops