Real Madrid meet archrivals Barcelona at Camp Nou in Barcelona in Leg 1 of the 2017 Supercopa in the first El Clásico matchup in this annual two-legged showdown since 2012. Let’s look at the odds for this high-profile first leg and appetizer for the 2017/18 Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Sky Sports, Sky Sports Main Event, 9 pm UK/4 pm ET/1 pm PT): What better way to whet the appetite of your league’s fans than (accidentally) having with a two-legged, pre-Regular Season showdown between two of the best clubs in any sport on the globe? That’s exactly what we have here this year in the 2017 Supercopa de España with Cristiano Ronaldo and defending La Liga winners Real Madrid and Lionel Messi and Spanish Super Cup winners Barcelona meeting on Sunday at Camp Nou in Barcelona in Leg 1. Offshore sportsbook Intertops has made Barcelona -105 favorites in the Three-Way market over European champions Real Madrid (+225) with a Draw priced at +285 and the Total at 3½ (Under -154, Intertops). On the Goal Line, Barcelona -½ is -125 with Madrid +½ at +105 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) while in the Double Chance market, Barcelona or Draw is priced at -370, Madrid or Draw at -135 and Real Madrid or Barcelona and a winner and No Draw at -500 (Intertops). Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea will be the Referee for this Leg 1. Leg 2—which we will also preview for you here at SBR—will be held on Wednesday at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid (ESPN2, 5 p.m. ET).
Real Madrid CF
Manager Zinedine Zidane and repeat UEFA Champions League-winners Real Madri come in here off an impressive 2-1 win over Europa League champions Manchester United in the 2017 Super Cup on Tuesday and the defending La Liga champs have 2016 FIFA World Player of the Year winner Cristiano Ronaldo and the speedy Gareth Bale back in the fold meaning total trouble for Defenses in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Even Barça here at Home in friendly Catalonia in the first leg of this El Clásico Supercopa won’t be able to stop the scoring flow of Real Madrid (+450 to win UEFA Champions League, Intertops), who went a lethargic 1-2-1 (90-minutes) in the Preseason (3-2 SU), largely without CR7—except for a few late minutes in the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia—only rewarding its 90-minute (Three-way line) bettors one time (this past week) in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday with Los Blancos needing PK Shootouts to defeat both Manchester United and the MLS All-Stars in ICC play after 1-1 scorelines.
RM Projected Starting XI—Navas; Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal; Isco, Casemiro, Kroos; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale.FC Barcelona
Manager Ernesto Valverde and FC Barcelona (-105 to win La Liga, Intertops) lost a huge piece of its attack engine when Neymar signed with Paris Saint-Germain and the latest news is that Liverpool has released a strong statement Friday saying that Philippe Coutinho “will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the Summer [Transfer] Window closes," making Tottenham Hotspur MF Christian Eriksen now the main Transfer focus of the suddenly desperate-seeming Catalans. Lionel Messi (Anytime Goalscorer -137, Bet365), Luis Suárez (Anytime Goalscorer +105, Bet365) and Barcelona (+500 to win UEFA Champions League, Intertops) head in here off an easy Joan Gamper Trophy win over Chapecoense (5-0) and a Preseason which saw the Catalans go an unbeaten 4-1-0 (12 GF-4 GA)...but see Neymar suddenly head to Ligue 1 and PSG for a world-record $263 million Transfer. Oops. Rafinha (Knee) is the only Injury concern heading in here for the Catalans.
Barcelona Projected Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Alba, Umtiti, Piqué, Vidal; Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic; Deulofeu, Suárez, Messi.
Barcelona Forecast, Match Expectations, L5 Meetings Results, Match Picks
The TWC forecast for Barcelona on Sunday night is currently calling for Clear skies, a Low near 67° F with W Winds from 5 to 10 mph and 75% Humidity. A look at the L5 meetings in this world-famous El Clasico series (RM 2-3 BAR, RM 2-3 BAR, BAR 1-1 RM, BAR 1-2 RM, RM 0-4 BAR) reveals Messi and the Catalans to be 3-1-1 in games averaging 3.80 gpg. But with the prolific Ronaldo (Anytime Goalscorer -120, Bet365) and Bale (Anytime Goalscorer +175, Bet365) both back and wanting to assimilate themselves back into the Madrid attack and Barcelona probably feeling a bit hollow and desperate after losing Neymar, this seems like a good spot for the electric Marcelo and Los Blancos with the Double Chance “Real Madrid-Draw” (-135, Intertops) probably being the safest route for underdog backers.
With the entire gang finally back together, Toni Kroos and Madrid will be in a hurry to score here at Camp Nou knowing the nature and importance of Road goals in two-legged series such as this one, meaning the Over (3½) seems like the most logical betting pick with potentially 3 goals being on the scoreboard by Halftime. And with a plethora of potential goal-scorers healthy and ready here if needed, like Isco (Anytime Goalscorer +260, Bet365), Lucas Vázquez (Anytime Goalscorer +187, Bet365), Marco Asensio (Anytime Goalscorer +300, Bet365) and Carlos Casemiro (Anytime Goalscorer +1200, Paddy Power) for Madrid and loan-returnee Gerard Deulofeu (AC Milan, Anytime Goalscorer +250, Betfred), Ivan Rakitic (Anytime Goalscorer +265, Bet365), Paco Alcácer (Anytime Goalscorer +120, Bet365) and Arda Turan (Anytime Goalscorer +187, Bet365) for the host Catalans, there could be a large number of goals scored here. And with Neymar suddenly gone and a now more expected on the attack from Messi and Suárez for Barcelona—winners of the 2016 Supercopa, shutting out 2016 Spanish Super Cup winners Sevilla by a combined 5-0 score over the two legs (SEV 0-2 BAR, BAR 3-0 SEV)—this seems like a good spot to back the Draw or CR7 or the underdogs Real Madrid for the bolder.PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 2SPANISH SUPER CUP SUNDAY LEG 1 PICKS: Over 3½ +110, Draw +285SPANISH SUPER CUP PROPS PICK: Real Madrid-Draw -135 (Double Chance)Best Lines Offered: at Intertops