Seven red cards in the last seven Clasicos has prompted the bookies to generate some odds on how many early baths will be dished out to Spain's big two this seasonOnline bookmaker bet365 has reacted to the latest antics between Barcelona - Real Madrid by opening a new red card market.
Following the 22-man brawl which resulted in three red cards the bookie are offering odds of 11/2 (6.50) that there will be three dismissals or more in the two La Liga Clasicos. Marcelo was given a straight red for a foul on Barca new boy Cesc Fabregas which sparked a brawl leading to further dismissals for Mesut Ozil and David Villa in stoppage time.
Barcelona victories, Lionel Messi goals and red cards have been a hallmark of recent meetings between the Spanish giants. There has been a total of seven red cards in the last seven meetings with Real Madrid earning six to Barca's one.
Madrid had a man dismissed in both of last season's league matches and boss Jose Mourinho has been blamed for accelerating the bitterness that exists between the clubs. The Special One is in trouble after an altercation with Barca assistant Tito Vilanova and Gerard Pique has accused the Portuguese coach of destroying Spanish football.
The first Clasico is scheduled for the Santiago Bernabeu on December 10 with the return at Camp Nou on April 21. You can bet on there being zero red cards in both games @ 6/5 (2.20), one @ 2/1 (3.0) an a repeat of last years two @ 9/2 (5.50).
Meanwhile Lionel Messi is 6/4 (2.50) to outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in the two Clasico showdowns following his treble of goals in the Supercopa.
Bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth said, "El Clasico never disappoints and we’re all left wondering what the next clash has in store."
You want some MOUre? | Bookies have forecast more of the same in this season's Clasicos.
La Liga Real Madrid - Barcelona Specials
No red cards in Clasico games @ 6/5 (2.20)
One red card in Clasico games @ 2/1 (3.0)
Two red cards in Clasico games @ 9/2 (5.50)
Three + 11/2 (6.50)
El Clasico Goals Match Bet
Lionel Messi @ 6/4 (2.50)
Tie 13/8 (2.62)
Cristiano Ronaldo 2/1 (3.0)
Barcelona to win La Liga @ 4/7 (1.57)
Real Madrid to win La Liga @ 11/8 (2.37)
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