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Real Madrid vs Barca Betting Odds - Madrid comes out on top against ailing Barca in "El Clasico"

Posted by Todd Shale on 11/26/2009 1:17:52 PM
soccer bettingSports betting players need no introduction to this game, as the 159th edition of “El Clasico” takes place in Spain this weekend between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the giants of La Liga. Barca comes into this game trailing Madrid in the standings, but they’ve got some major injury worries to key players, and Madrid will take advantage of a banged-up Barca.

Real Madrid vs Barca Betting odds: Barca -110; Madrid +348; Draw +297
WHAT: Soccer betting
WHEN: Saturday, November 29, 1:00 PM ET
WHERE: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
KEY STAT: Each side has won four and drawn two of their last 10 meetings
PICK: Madrid +348; OVER 2.5

Real Madrid vs Barca betting odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
It’s always a big occasion when “El Clasico” rolls around, as this may be the most famous derby on the planet. It’s even better when the two teams are playing like the Spanish giants they are, and Madrid enter this match with a one-point lead over Barca, who has lost just one in all competitions and are coming off an impressive 2-0 win over Italian champions Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday despite some key injuries. Madrid defeated FC Zurich on Wednesday, and they were happy to get Cristiano Ronaldo back on the pitch after an ankle injury. There’s a lot at stake on both sides.

Betting Edge: Draw

Real Madrid vs Barca betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain lead the way with five goals apiece, while captain Raul is still proving that he can play in this talent-laden side. There’s also Kaka and Karim Benzema, who joined Ronaldo in Madrid’s free-spending summer spree, and Guti is still proving to be productive, when healthy.

Barca leads La Liga with 29 goals, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has formed a great partnership with Lionel Messi since coming over from Inter in the summer, but both are struggling to get healthy for this huge clash. Each has scored seven goals in La Liga, with Xavi and Andres Iniesta pulling the strings in midfield. Seydou Keita has been a goal-scoring surprise in midfield, and Pedro can attempt to replace the top pair, along with Thierry Henry.

Betting Edge: Draw

Real Madrid vs Barca betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
Madrid have been switching their defenders around in front of keeper Iker Casillas, and it’s a wonder that they’re still tied with Barca for the league lead in fewest goals allowed with eight. The most likely back four is Marcelo, Pepe, Raul Albiol and Sergio Ramos, with Lassana Diarra in front of the defense.

Barca has also been playing with their back four due to a congestion of matches, with captain Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique leading the way with nine matches played in front of Victor Valdes. Dani Alves brings speed on the right flank, but Barca will have to replace the injured Eric Abidal on the left.

Betting Edge: Draw

Real Madrid vs Barca betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Guti (thigh) will miss “El Clasico” this year, but getting Ronaldo back is a huge boost for Madrid.

Barca has some serious worries right now as Messi (leg) and Ibrahimovich (hamstring) didn’t practice on Thursday. Neither played against Inter in midweek as a precaution, but losing these two would be a massive blow to the Catalans.

Betting Edge: Madrid

Real Madrid vs Barca betting odds maker breakdown: Totals
It’s no surprise that these two have gone over the posted total in your sportsbook in six of their last 10 meetings, given the wealth of attacking talent at their disposal.

Pick: OVER 2.5

Real Madrid vs Barca betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
This has been as even as it gets lately, with each team winning four and drawn two of their last 10 meetings. Barca swept last year’s games, and Madrid would love to avenge a 6-2 beating they took at home late last season. If their best strikers can’t go, Barca may have to depend on a ball-control game and not expose their back four. Madrid will be eager to attack, and they’ll be spurred on by a limping Messi and Ibrahimovich. In a game between teams that are so closely matched, injuries will be the difference.

TODD’S PICK: Madrid +348

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