Though that might sound an absurd statement to make in the first week of October, victory for Barcelona, priced at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365, would put them 11 points clear of the current champions, a gap surely too great for Madrid to overcome.
A win then for Jose Mourinho’s men is paramount and can be backed at 3/1 (4.00) while a draw, which would not constitute a bad result for either side, is offered at 14/5 (3.80).
In previous encounters between these two sides, goals have almost been guaranteed. The last eight matches have all seen over 2.5 scored, with a repeat understandably priced at a small looking 1/2 (1.50).
Nevertheless those odds will appeal to punters looking to invest heavily, yet a better bet and one with a decent chance of paying out is backing Madrid to score over 1.5 goals at 6/4 (2.50).
Los Blancos have been in fine scoring form, netting 11 goals in their last three games, while Cristiano Ronaldo has scored consecutive hat tricks.
Against a Barcelona side with a makeshift defence, given the absences of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique, the champions will fancy their chances of scoring.
The price of 6/4 (2.50) of them doing so twice holds terrific value, especially considering the fact that this bet has paid out in the last four Clasicos.
If goals look likely then a decent option for a value bet could well be backing over 2.5 goals in the second half at 12/5 (3.40). This bet paid out in the last Clasico to be played in the Camp Nou and with none of the previous 10 meetings seeing a goal-less second period, there is every chance of a high scoring second half as the game opens up.
|Madrid to score over 1.5 goals at 6/4 (2.50) with Bet365
||Over 2.5 goals in the second half at 12/5 (3.40) with Bet 365|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.