El Clasico Betting Tips, Offers, Odds and History: Barcelona and Real Madrid
El Clasico, the name given to games between Barcelona and Real Madrid, sees Spain come to a halt, with even those who support the likes of Levante or Elche having a strong affinity to one of these two sides. Whether you are a fan or a neutral, betting on El Clasico makes this amazing game even more exciting.
That said, part of the allure of this match are the myths and counter-myths that surround the rivalry and with politics, money and star studded players, these games are ones which enthrall football fans around the world.
Just about every El Clasico is televised so betting on and watching these huge Barca v Real games is easy!
Real Madrid v Barcelona Preview, Tips and Betting Offers, Saturday 23rd December 2017, La Liga
While the Primera Liga is about to wrap up for the winter break, there’s the small matter of El Clasico to be dealt with first. It’s taken until late December, but the two giants meet for the first time in the league this season on Saturday at noon.
With the tables completely turning on Real since their meeting in August, this is now a must win game for the hosts, as they look to get a foothold in the Spanish title race.
Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Tips
Preview, Stats and Head to Head
Real Madrid come in to Saturday’s game priced at 21/20 with Ladbrokes for the points. Meanwhile, Barcelona are 9/4 with Betfred, with the draw priced at 3/1 with Coral. It’s easy to see this being another tight game, but can Real pick up the victory they need to have any chance of retaining the league title?
Things have massively changed for Real and Zinedine Zidane since the last meeting between these two. Real won 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup in the summer, taking advantage of a Barca side in turmoil after Neymar’s departure and their issues off the field. Having seemingly slipped further behind the European champions, Barca looked worried.
However, the Catalans come in to this one having won 20 of their last 23 matches in the league, and they’re progressing well across three competitions. They’ve been far and away the best side in Spain this season, While Real can seemingly do nothing but come up short of late.
Bets to Place
We think things are about to get worse for Real and Zidane, especially when you consider the form Barca are currently in. They’ve shot clear of the chasing pack domestically, and a victory here could leave them 14 points clear of their bitter rivals. Having claimed a 3-2 win at the Bernabeu in their last league meeting, we can see another away win this weekend as the Catalans wrap up 2017 on a high, following some severe lows.
Barca have won three of their last four trips here in the league, and they should be able to add to that run when you look at the problems facing Real at the minute. The hosts are only just coming back from the Club World Cup, which makes this clash even more difficult for them. With that in mind, we’re backing Barca on the Draw No Bet market at 7/5 with BetVictor here.
We’re also going for an away win and BTTS, given that these clashes tend to be high scoring. Barca to win and both teams to score can be backed at 7/2 with Betfair.
When is the Next Clasico – Barca v Real Dates
Real Madrid and Barcelona play each other so regularly in a variety of Spanish and European competitions. That means there is never too long to wait until the next installment of El Clasico!
Below you can see upcoming matches, as well as some recent results.
El Clasico Fixtures
- 23 December – La Liga – Real Madrid v Barcelona
- 6 May – La Liga – Barcelona v Real Madrid
Last 5 Results
- 16 August 2017 – Supercopa de España Final – Real Madrid 2 – 0 Barcelona
- 13 August 2017 – Supercopa de España Final – Barcelona 1 – 3 Real Madrid
- 29 July 2017 – El Clasico Miami – Barcelona 3 – 2 Real Madrid
- 23 April 2017 – La Liga – Real Madrid 2 – 3 Barcelona
- 3 December 2016 – La Liga – Barcelona 1 – 1 Real Madrid
El Clasico History: Barcelona and Real Madrid
Real Madrid, are often portrayed as the team of the regime under the years of General Franco, however, that does Los Meringues something of a disservice given that many of their supporters, players and officials fought as hard as anyone during the Spanish Civil War against Franco. However, with the Generalisimo taking charge in 1939, it would not be until the 1950s and 1960s when Real Madrid would truly become the dominant force in Spanish and European football, with Real winning four back to back La Liga titles from 1953-1958 and they nearly completed a clean sweep in the 1960s as they won an amazing eight out of 10 titles.
This dominance carried on into Europe as they defeated all who came before them, securing their sixth European cup by 1966, not bad considering they had won the inaugural cup in 1956. That team was built on the talents of Alfredo di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Raymond Kopa who were brought in for relatively big money at the time. That legacy has certainly continued through to the modern era with Real being seen as the club of the Galacticos and only two of the XI that started in their 2014 Champions League win came through the club’s academy – Iker Casillas and Dani Carvajal.
Real Madrid have, in recent years, enjoyed huge success. They now have 12 Champions League crowns, having won three of the last four. Under Zinedine Zidane they became the first side to retain the trophy in the modern era and also ended a long wait without La Liga.
Barcelona are often historically seen as a club that utilises their youth system better than Real, especially in modern times, and they are often seen to bring more players through themselves. Indeed by contrast, seven of Barcelona’s starting XI in their 2011 Champions League triumph came through the fabled La Masia academy.
However, that’s not to say Barcelona haven’t spent big at times in the past and the man who is often credited with setting the benchmark for the Barcelona side you see today, Johan Cruyff, brought in a number of big name stars during his management of the club. In came the likes of Ronald Koeman and Hristo Stoichkov, whilst more recently Barca paid more than £70m for both Luis Suarez and Neymar. Under the Dutch legend Cruyff, Barca won 11 trophies including four La Liga titles in a row during the early 1990s and a European Cup win over Sampdoria. However, not only did they achieve success, but they won with a style of play which would later be christened tiki-taka by the media and that style can still be seen today, with Barca preferring smaller, more technical players whilst Real Madrid tend to favour athletic powerhouses. Of course, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo epitomise that difference perfectly.
Barca last won the Champions League in 2015 and they will be determined to battle back against the recent supremacy of Real Madrid. As ever, the battle looks set to be hugely entertaining.
Real Madrid and Barcelona Rivalry
With contrasting styles and influences all thrown in against the backdrop of the Francoist regime and the Catalan independence movement, it was always likely that these two sides would become fearsome rivals. They have also had plenty of time to cultivate this rivalry as they, alongside Basque outfit Athletic Bilbao, are the only three teams never to have been relegated from the Spanish top flight. Now there’s a fact for you stattos!
The rivalry really began to spark after the semi finals of the 1943 Copa del Generalisimo, when Barcelona were rumoured to have been intimidated by the police before the game. When they refused to take to the field for the second half, the Madrid Chief of Police stepped in to order them onto the pitch. At this point the Barcelona players felt so aggrieved with their treatment from the police, but also Real, that they basically refused to play and they were turned over 11-1, Barcelona’s record ever defeat.
The transfer saga of Alfredo di Stefano also augmented the rivalry as the Argentine had in principal agreed a deal with Barcelona who had signed him from Millionarios in Colombia. However, FIFA ruled that the Colombian league was an illegal breakaway and so Real were able to snatch him from Barca as they agreed a deal with di Stefano’s Argentine club, River Plate. That transfer left a lot of bad blood between the two clubs and although other players have played for both clubs, only one other man comes close to that saga. Luis Figo moved to Real Madrid from Barca, a club where he was adored an idolised, for a world record fee of £37m and on his return to the Nou Camp a few years later a pig’s head would famously be thrown at the Portuguese international.
The fact that the rivalry is so strong makes it such an exciting game and most Madrid fans would see the game against Barcelona as being more important to them than the Madrid derby with Atletico, in the same way as Barca fans disregard their derby with Espanyol in favour of El Clasico. It is a match between the regime and Catalan nationalism. Galacticos against home grown talent. It is Barcelona against Real Madrid and it is the biggest game on earth…sit back, get your bets on and enjoy the rivalry and the brilliant football.