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El Clasico: Real Madrid v Barcelona La Liga match betting preview

Posted on 21/03/2014 in La Liga

El Clasico: the game where the world's best players and Sergio Busquets come together in an bullfight of obscene skill, knife-edge atmosphere and Pepe's atrocious acting skills.

The fixture list has ensured the 168th meeting in La Liga (259th in total if you count not-so-friendly friendlies) between Real Madrid and Barcelona on March 23rd is something of a title decider.

If Los Blancos get the win at the Santiago Bernabeu they'll move seven points clear of the Catalans and in a three-team league that margin may be enough to see the title return to Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti's men are priced at 23/20 to get three points.

"I know which line-up I will use against Barcelona," said the Italian, whose side reached the last eight of the Champions League with a comprehensive aggregate win over Schalke on Tuesday.

"It's not difficult and I won't complicate things."

Very true, Carlo. Very true. With Cristiano Ronaldo, recently-crowned World Player of the Year, serial goal-getter and underwear flogger, leading a frontline that also features the planet's most expensive footballer Gareth Bale, it's hard to complicate things. 

Real scoring 3+ goals is available at 11/5.

This is a huge game in Barcelona's season, win and they are just a point behind their rivals at the top of the table. Lose and they face the possibility of just winning the European Cup this year. This is not the kind of silverware haul the Catalans are used to. 

A Barca victory has odds of 23/10 and could leave you smiling like Neymar's parents.

They will have to go all out to get the three points and will be attacking to the final whistle. It may be worth a look at them scoring last, which is on offer at 11/10.

Back in October, Barcelona beat Madrid 2-1 at the Camp Nou, the same result again is available at 17/2.