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Plenty of markets to consider for tonight's first Clasico showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu


Real Madrid fans who are feeling optimistic can back Los Blancos to get their Clasico revenge by thumping Barcelona 5-0 at 201.0 (200/1). They say revenge is a dish served ice cold but in the white hot cauldron of the Santiago Bernabeu pretty much anything can happen.

Backing the hosts to win 5-0 does have some merit in a historical sense. Back in 1993/94 Johan Cruyff's dream team destroyed Real Madrid 5-0 only to suffer the same fate at the Bernabeu in the next Clasico. Perhaps an omen for Jose Mourinho to consider?

Will Messi break his duck against the Special One?

In eight games Barcelona's supreme number 10 has yet to find the net against a side coached by Mourinho. That has got to change sometime and with 48 goals already this season now is the ideal time.

Hill's have Lionel Messi @ 1.91 to score during the 90 minutes which is significantly longer than the normal price on the South American to score in La Liga. Messi to score first, as he did in this identical fixture last season, is a tasty 4.50. He's 8.50 to score first in a Barca win and 3.40 to be on the scoresheet at all in another Barcelona victory.  

Time for Ronaldo to deliver

For Messi versus Mourinho read Ronaldo v Barcelona. The world's most expensive player has never registered a goal against Barcelona in six games including three Clasicos.

Hill's aren't taking any chances and have priced the Real Madrid number seven @ 1.91 for any time and 4.50 to score first. Cristiano Ronaldo is 8.50 to grab the opener in a Real Madrid win and 3.30 to be on the mark in 90 minutes in a Real Madrid victory.

Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo Special Bets
Ronaldo to score more @ 3.25
Messi to score more @ 2.87
Tie @ 2.25
Ronaldo and Messi both to score @ 3.75
Ronaldo or Messi to score first goal in game @ 2.75

Betting Verdict
Tonight's first of the quadruple of Clasicos will set the tone for the remaining contests. As such anticipating a 5-0 home win will surely remain in the realms of fantasy. The bookies make Barcelona narrow favourites in a game Real Madrid must win.

Forecasting a winner is no easy task so in this instance consider the draw @ 3.40. Barcelona will gladly take a point which will almost certainly ensure the title returns to Catalonia for a third straight year. Even a defeat wouldn't be the end of the world so backing Real Madrid on the draw no bet looks a fine runner.

Recommended Bets: Draw match @ 3.40/ Real Madrid draw no bet @ 2.05

* Draw no bet - a draw means you have your stake returned, a win for your team selection yields a profit.


How many Clasicos will Real Madrid win?
One @ 2.0
Two @ 2.62
None @ 3.75
Three @ 8.50
Four @ 34.0


How many Clasicos will Barcelona win?
Two @ 2.10
One @ 2.60
Three @ 4.0
None @ 8.0
Four @ 15.0


Match Odds: Real Madrid 2.80, Draw 3.40, Barcelona 2.40 (William Hill)

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