Real Madrid-Barcelona Betting Preview: Hosts can shade a high-scoring encounter

Our man at the Bernabeu, Phil Kitromilides, is backing Los Blancos to triumph but thinks that the Blaugrana will get on the scoresheet
Sunday sees another season-defining Clasico, with Real Madrid seeking the win that would put them seven points clear of Barcelona, who will be desperate to avoid suffering a knockout blow in the title race.

The champions arrive in the Spanish capital on what is, by their enormously high standards, an extremely poor run of form away from Camp Nou.

Just one win in five Liga games on the road is one of the reasons for the 10 point swing at the top of the table that has seen a six-point advantage over los Blancos become a deficit of six.

Madrid, meanwhile, are unbeaten in the 31 matches since they last met the Blaugrana and have been relentless in their consistency.

Bet365 price a win for Carlo Ancelotti's men at 6/5 (2.20), with Barca available at 21/10 (3.10) and the draw offered at 7/2 (3.50).

Given the two sides' recent runs it hard to look past a home win and the price on Real Madrid will attract plenty of attention. Perhaps a smarter way to back Madrid, though, is to invest in them winning with both teams scoring, which is priced at 13/5 (3.60).

Barcelona have scored in each of the last 15 Clasicos and it is almost impossible to back against them finding the back of the net.

But Madrid are in ominous form, with a great balance to the side and each of their big players in superb form. This selection has paid out in two of the last three Clasicos and the price looks generous given the statistics as well as Madrid's strong run.

Real Madrid to win and both teams to score at 13/5 (3.60) for 2.0pts with bet365

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