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Barcelona vs Real Madrid Bet Builder Tips

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Bet Builder Tips

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Bet Builder Tips: Sunday, March 19th

We’ve got Barcelona vs Real Madrid bet builder tips to ponder over the biggest game of the Spanish top-flight’s football calendar. Generations of football fans have grown up accustomed to the Catalonia-Madrid tussle for La Liga fame.

El Clásico, one of the sport’s most revered match-ups, is back to bless our television screens with an additional weight of importance behind it. Put simply, a Barcelona win on Sunday will likely put too great of a distance between them in 1st and Real Madrid in 2nd.

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Spain, La Liga, Sunday, March 19th, 20:00 (UK)

Three points should make them untouchable in the pursuit of domestic silverware, something not achieved in Barcelona since 2018/19. With Xavi steering the ship, this has been an unconventional season.

It’s a campaign built on defensive solidity rather than a top-heavy feel bursting with attacking ingenuity. Of course, there’s that as well, don’t get me wrong, but the eight goals conceded up to this point is nothing short of remarkable.

Rewind to that last triumph – 2018/19 – when Lionel Messi’s Barca held the trophy aloft, having scored 90 goals at one end, conceding 36 at the other. This season is a stark contrast with 13 games remaining, so there’s still the potential for a dip in performance levels, but Barça are on course to concede around 12 strikes in the entire campaign.

Real Madrid? They’ve conceded double (19) whilst winning four fewer fixtures. And now nine points separate the two as the mouthwatering tie at Camp Nou looms.

Approaching such a gigantic fixture in terms of stature and meaning in a top-flight can be tricky from a betting perspective. As with most big games, the two should feel each other out for extensive periods, with Barça keen to avoid defeat first and foremost.

Of course, Real Madrid would rather draw the game than lose, but looking at the landscape at the summit of La Liga, this is a 90-minute period that they need to ensure is in their rear mirror as they scurry home with three points.

If we see an early goal, however, there’s the potential for the match to flourish into one for the ages. Luckily for us, although bet365’s Early Payout (win a result selection if your team goes works a two-goal deficit) is a game-changer, there are plenty of prop markets to delve into. In a game with such magnitude where the result can feasibly swing in any direction, the in-game specifics are something we can take advantage of.

Whether it’s free-kicks, throw-ins, corners, or goal-kicks, the wealth of choice within bet365’s bet builder function thankfully caters for the masses – something you will struggle to locate elsewhere. We’re sidestepping all of the above for Sunday’s match-up and locking in a three-pronged bet builder harnessing team shots, offsides, and player tackles. Let’s get to it.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Stats & Facts

  • In Xavi’s nearly 500 days in charge, he has faced Real Madrid on six occasions. Bizarrely, none of those matches were played at Camp Nou. There have been 27 Barcelona managers who have won an El Clásico at home on their first attempt.
  • In the most recent head-to-head, Real Madrid failed to record a single shot on target at the Bernabeu for the first time since 2015/16.
  • Barcelona haven’t welcomed Real Madrid to Camp Nou with such a sizable point gap in La Liga for five years.
  • Iker Casilas’ record of six clean sheets in the El Clásico was matched by Ter Stegen earlier this month, having played 18 games less.

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Real Madrid may not have enough to penetrate the often sturdy Barca rearguard, but we know they’ll give it a good go. Backing shots has its pitfalls – for instance, see your team go in front, and there’s the potential for them to sit and protect rather than forage for more opportunities.

Considering Barcelona’s defensive capabilities this year, perhaps we can bank on them keeping Real Madrid at arm’s length for significant spells. If that’s the case, the Over 11.5 Real Madrid shots may get some joy.

Away from home, the modern-day Galacticos average 16.15 shots per90 this term. Nevertheless, the 7.33 shots conceded on average by Barca at Camp Nou could prove the sticking point and acts as the leading reason why our first pick comes in at 2.25 on its own.

Next, the offside angle should come hand-in-hand with Real Madrid’s counterattacking play and work in transitions. When possession is turned over, expect Vinicius and Benzema to spearhead attacks and make things happen.

In the last five meetings in all competitions, 4, 2, 3, 0, and 2 Real Madrid offsides reared their head in the 90 minutes. Borne from those fixtures was a 12.2 shots per90 average for those in Real Madrid white.

With the onus on Real Madrid to attack and create opportunities, that ushers Barcelona’s defensive work rate into the spotlight. Nothing epitomises Barça’s grit and determination that has encapsulated their season more than 18-year-old Gavi.

The future of Barcelona, along with the likes of Pedri. Gavi has an interesting skill set that sees him comfortable with the ball at his feet, fearless in forward areas, and eagerly combative when out of possession. The Barça youngster has hit this tackle line in nine matches this season from 19 starts.

In three recent outings where Barca’s opponents controlled the possession stakes for periods of the game, Gavi recorded three vs Real Madrid (Copa del Rey), four vs Manchester United (Europa League) and three vs Real Madrid (Super Cup).

With the above three prop picks on bet365’s bet builder coming out at a healthy 3.75 punt, it makes for an intriguing way into Sunday’s latest instalment of El Clásico.

  • Over 11.5 Real Madrid Shots
  • Over 0.5 Real Madrid Offsides
  • Over 1.5 Gavi Tackles

Bet Builder odds: 3.75

Odds via bet365 as at 07:00 March 17th, 2023. Odds may now differ.

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