El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid is the biggest match of the Spanish Primera Division season and there is a great bet that almost always pays dividends in the clash.
Forget trying to pick the winner of El Clasico – that is a mug’s game. The best way to approach El Clasico if one wants to spice up one’s viewing of club football’s biggest game is to back both Barcelona and Real Madrid to score at odds of 47/1001.47-2130.47-2.130.47 with Boylesports because that wager has been a licence to print money in El Clasicos of all varieties for years.
It is one of the most remarkable betting trends in football: both teams have scored in each of the last 17 El Clasicos, of which seven have been Spanish Primera Division matches. One has to go back to the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg of the 2010-2011 tournament for the last time that both Barcelona and Real Madrid failed to score in El Clasico as Barca stunned the Santiago Bernabeu with a 2-0 away win.
Bookmakers are trading over two and a half goals in Sunday’s El Clasico at even shorter odds – Bwin is top of the shops at 9/201.45-2220.45-2.220.45 – and that option has an excellent history of paying out as well. Each of the last six El Clasicos have gone over two and a half goals and, of the 17 aforementioned arguments between Barcelona and Real Madrid, 15 of them have featured at least three goals with the other two being 1-1 draws.
Spanish Primera Division staff have announced that Antonio Mateu Lahoz will referee El Clasico. One knows that betting on El Clasico cards is a popular punting activity so here is the lowdown on Mateu Lahoz. El Clasico will be Mateu Lahoz’s 15th Spanish Primera Division game this season and he has shown 83 yellow cards and eight red cards in those matches, with his highest cards points make-up being 110, a figure that he has reached on three occasions. Mateu Lahoz will be refereeing his third El Clasico but his first one with Spanish Primera Division points on the line. Mateu Lahoz’s first El Clasico was the 2012 Spanish Supercopa de Espana second leg that Real Madrid won 2-1 in which he showed six yellow cards and one red card. Mateu Lahoz’s second El Clasico was the 2014 Spanish Copa del Rey final that Real Madrid won 2-1 in which he showed five yellow cards.
Turning one’s attention away from El Clasico and the best wagers on the rest of the Spanish Primera Division program are Athletic and Sociedad to defeat Almeria on Saturday and bottom-of-the-ladder Corboda on Sunday respectively.
Athletic has qualified for the Spanish Copa del Rey final and, therefore, it is going to qualify for the UEFA Europa League because its opponent in the title decider, Barcelona, is nailed on to enter the UEFA Champions League. Athletic’s spirit is good as a consequence and it has won each of its last four games across all competitions, three of them to nil. Nil is a word with which Almeria is familiar because it has failed to score in each of its last four Spanish Primera Division matches and it lost 0-1 at home to Athletic in October. Athletic appeals at odds of 53/1001.53-1890.53-1.890.53 with BetVictor.
Sociedad is plodding along in the Spanish Primera Division, occupying 10th position on the ladder, safe from relegation and nowhere near the UEFA competition places. Normally one would not go out of one’s way to back Sociedad at odds of 67/1001.67-1490.67-1.490.67 with several bookmakers, including Ladbrokes and WilliamHill, but it is about to host Cordoba. Sociedad ought to be sufficiently good to condemn Cordoba to its ninth consecutive Spanish Primera Division defeat. The reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture finished 1-1.
Barcelona v Real Madrid BTTS
22nd March 20:00 GMT
Where to Bet: Boylesports
Athletic to beat Almeria
21st March 21:00 GMT
Where to Bet: Boylesports
Sociedad to beat Cordoba
22nd March 18:00 GMT
Where to Bet: Ladbrokes, WilliamHill
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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