Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tips October 25th 2014
Tip #1: Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.47 with bet365
Tip #2: Back Both Teams To Score – Yes @ 1.40 with bet365
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Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tips: Match Preview
Based on their World Cup performances, it came as no surprise when Real Madrid swooped in to complete transfers for world-class midfielders James Rodríguez and Toni Kroos, who moved from Monaco and Bayern Munich, respectively. Barring injuries during the international break, these two stars will make their El Clásico debuts on Saturday 25 October.
Despite scoring six more goals than Barcelona – the next closest on 19 goals – in the first seven La Liga games, Real Madrid have two losses on their record. The first of those came in a 4-2 away defeat to Real Sociedad, while the second was a 2-1 home defeat against bitter rivals Atlético Madrid.
After the summer departure of Ángel Di María for £59.7m to Manchester United, Real Madrid have not been able to overcome tough opposition. Further evidence came when Real Madrid lost over two legs to Atlético Madrid in the Supercopa. The upcoming El Clásico will be a fascinating test for Los Blancos.
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One of the major surprises in the first seven games of La Liga has been Barcelona’s defensive record. Prior to facing Eibar, new manager Luis Enrique has solidified the defence without investing in major signings. Incredibly, Barcelona conceded no goals in their first seven games. The modest addition of the 30-year-old Jérémy Mathieu from Valencia has added much-needed balance at left-back.
Defensive solidarity will be key to thwarting the offensive firepower of the Real Madrid frontline. Led by reigning Fifa Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos can also depend on the attacking talents of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. El Clásico will at last provide a true test of Barca’s defensive quality, especially after slumping to a 3-2 away defeat against PSG in the Champions League.
Looking to the other end of the pitch, Barcelona also have potent attacking threats. Leo Messi and Neymar have taken their partnership to the next level, with Luis Enrique moving them into more central positions this season. Another intriguing plotline is whether Luis Enrique elects to start £75m summer signing Luis Suárez, who will at last be eligible to play after his World Cup ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini. Suárez could upset the current attacking balance of the Messi and Neymar partnership.
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Over the past six meetings in all competitions, Real Madrid have managed three victories against Barcelona. Comparatively, Barcelona won twice and there was a single draw. Not once in the last six El Clásico meetings has there been a clean sheet. And only once has there been a game with fewer than 2.5 goals scored.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his attacking partners are in scintillating form, with the Portuguese superstar netting 13 goals in just seven games. Real Madrid will certainly expose the Barcelona defence. Meanwhile, Messi and Neymar are going to cause problems for a Real Madrid defence that conceded nine times in the first seven games. El Clásico appears set to be a thrilling encounter with at least a few goals.
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