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Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Special: Who will shine in Messi and Ronaldo's absence?

11:34 GMT 28/10/2018
Ivan Rakitic Philippe Coutinho Barcelona
For the first time in 11 years, neither the Argentine or the Portuguese will play in Sunday's Clasico and we look at who could fill the scoring void

It was just over a year ago that Real Madrid set a new record of 73 successive matches scoring, yet Los Blancos head to the Camp Nou on Sunday having endured one of the worst barren runs in their history.

Last weekend's strike by Marcelo ended a run of 481 minutes without scoring, while Barca in contrast have netted in every game they have played since April 14.

Latest odds

Without Lionel Messi on the pitch, the shortest priced player to score is Luis Suarez who is offered at 10/3 (4.33) to break the deadlock with William Hill.

He is also available at 17/20 (1.85) in the any time goalscorer market and it was the Uruguayan who netted first the last time these two sides met in May.

Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho is priced at 17/10 (2.70) and the Brazilian looks more assured of a starting berth than Ousame Demebele who is priced at 6/4 (2.50), with the young Frenchman reportedly enduring some discplinary problems.

For the visitors, Gareth Bale leads the Real Madrid scorers market at 6/4 (2.50), ahead of Karim Benzema 19/10 (2.90).

Midfield options

In three of Barcelona's last four matches, a midfielder has found the back of the net and Ivan Rakitic has been particularly influential. The Croatian international has scored three goals in all competitions this season and the price of 10/3 (4.33) for him to net once more could be of interest.

Madrid's biggest threat from midfield is likely to be Isco, with the Spain international managing two goals so far this term. He has never scored in a Clasico, however, and is offered at 13/5 (3.40) to break his duck.

Tips and predictions

The price of 10/3 (4.33) for Rakitic to score at any time looks appealing, while Sergio Ramos is offered at 11/2 (6.50) to score as he did in the Camp Nou a couple of seasons ago, with the Real Madrid captain now taking penalties for his side. 

Ivan Rakitic to score at anytime at 10/3 (4.33) for a 1pt stake with William Hill