Atletico Madrid - Barcelona Betting Preview: Why a high-scoring first half looks likely

Our man in Madrid Phil Kitromilides is backing over 1.5 goals in the first half, a strategy that has proved profitable in matches between these two teams over the years
Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho put it nicely when he described the Spanish Super Cup as the most important friendly and the least important competitive game of the season.

This year the Whites are not involved, with their derby Copa del Rey final defeat in May setting up an interesting clash between Barcelona and Atletico. Historically, matches between these two sides tend to be entertaining affairs too.

Another 11pm kick off on a Wednesday night might affect the atmosphere in the Vicente Calderon, as Bet365 price Atleti as the rank outsiders at 15/4 (4.75) with Barca offered at 13/20 (1.65) to take a first leg lead back to Catalonia.

As suggested previously, this particular fixture tends to be entertaining not to mention high scoring with each of the last 17 meetings seeing over 2.5 goals scored.

A repeat is offered at the understandably short price of 8/15 (1.53), but there may still be some value to be found in the goals market.

Backing over 1.5 goals in the first half is offered at 5/4 (2.25) and history shows us that this could be an excellent selection.

Indeed this bet has paid out in nine of the last 11 matches between these two teams and the price of 5/4 (2.25) for it to do so again is simply too good to resist.

This bet also proved to be the correct option in both Barca's and Atleti's opening league game of the season at the weekend, and should offer punters a superb chance of making some extremely healthy returns.

Over 1.5 goals first half at 5/4 (2.25) 0.5 point stake with Bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid