Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Soccer Picks: La Liga Title Race Heats Up

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 5:56 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 5:56 PM GMT

Another instalment of El Clasico features this weekend when Real Madrid host Barcelona at the Bernabeau in the nation’s capital. Find out where the value soccer picks are to be had.

Real Madrid Slip Up
Real Madrid slipped up on match day 11 only to fall from top spot. That allowed an unapologetic Barcelona to traipse to the top of the table in their stead behind a winning account in the same lap and, in turn, open up a three-point lead, which in Spanish top flight can amount to an insurmountable gap when the Catalan side is in the driver’s seat.

The irony of this latest development in Spanish top flight coming right before the first meeting between this pair – a rivalry commonly referred to as El Clasico and touted the world over as one of the best matchups in football – is not lost on soccer betting fans. Real Madrid might have home advantage for this game but Barcelona have the opportunity to extend the gap in the table to six points with a win at the Bernabeau. Heady thought indeed.

 

How Real and Barcelona Stack Up on the Season?
Los Blancos suffered their first La Liga defeat of the 2015-2016 season when they lost to Sevilla 2-3 on the road. Despite dominating the first half and taking the early 1-0 lead, Sevilla punished Real Madrid by reeling off three goals on either side of halftime to clinch the 3-2 victory. On the same day, Barcelona crushed Villarreal 3-0 at the Camp Nou and leapfrogged into first place.

Overall, Barcelona are 9-0-2 on the season with 27 points while Real Madrid are 7-3-1 on the season with 24 points. On the road, Barcelona have deposited a 3-0-2 account all while scoring and conceding 7 goals, respectively. Real Madrid are undefeated at home with a 4-1-0 mark with a staggering 12 goals scored and 1 goal conceded.

By the form table, Barcelona are sat second with a 4-0-2 mark in their last six games, which includes 15 goals scored and five goals conceded. On the road, however, they are 1-0-2 in their last three outings, which includes a 2-1 loss to Sevilla as well as a 4-1 loss to Celta de Vigo.

By the form table, Real Madrid are 3-2-1 in their last six games with 12 goals scored and six goals conceded. At home, Real Madrid are undefeated with a 2-1-0 mark, which includes scoring six goals and one goal conceded. It’s worth noting that the quality of those opponents is sorely lacking. Indeed, in six home fixtures to date Los Blancos have yet to face a side ranked inside the top-half-of-the-table. The highest ranked opponent so far was Real Betis, 11th in the league.

 

Head-to-Head
What makes El Clasico such a treat for soccer betting enthusiasts is it’s rather balanced head-to-head over 56 matches played, which are spilt 28-30 played in Madrid and Barcelona. Of those 56 played at both locations, Real Madrid boasts a 10-8-10 mark at home and 7-8-15 mark on the road. Conversely, Barcelona are 15-8-7 at home and 10-8-10 on the road.

The last six meetings have seen the pair split the wins evenly 3-3, with the most recent featuring home wins in La Liga: Real Madrid won 3-1 at home last season while Barcelona won 2-1 at home.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
As one of the most anticipated games from season to season it’s sure to serve up a highly entertaining affair, particularly as the last six meetings have served up a definitive winner. In more ways than one this is a must-win game for Rafa Benitez and his Los Blancos after ceding top spot to Barcelona in the last lap. A six-point gap could be catastrophic for their domestic title bid knowing the quality and class of Barcelona, who are also the defending champions.

Real Madrid are the notional favorites albeit at +145 soccer odds to win outright while the Catalan giants are trading at slightly larger +170 soccer odds to win outright. Undoubtedly the quality of both sides lends value on both sides of the coin for your soccer picks. Real Madrid should win and thereby capitalise on home advantage, but nobody would be shocked if Barcelona serve up the upset. We’re leaning towards Real Madrid enjoying a bounce back performance, if only to inject intrigue and drama in Spain’s title race.

Soccer Picks: Real Madrid at +145 at Bet365

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