Okay soccer betting buffs, you’re going to be treated to a world class affair when FC Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in a battle of the top two teams in La Liga. The two rivals will finally square off on Wednesday with top spot in the Spanish League on the line. The two perennial powerhouses were originally scheduled to meet Oct. 26 in their El Clasico showdown, but that match was postponed due to security concerns over political protests in Catalonia.
Now, with their rematch taking place with both teams tied at 35 points and coming off identical draws in their respective weekend matches, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their soccer betting odds.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid 2019 La Liga Odds, Prediction & Analysis
- When: Wednesday December 18, 2019, 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
Why Bet On FC Barcelona?
The best reason to back Barca is because they’ve only suffered one La Liga loss this season while recording a league-high 43 goals scored and 20 allowed to sit at +23 in goal differential. Barcelona is a perfect 7-0-0 at home this season and averages a stellar 2.69 goals per game while allowing 1.25 goals per contest defensively.
Barcelona is led in scoring by superstar Lionel Messi (12 goals) while fellow star Luis Suarez has added an impressive nine goals and Antonio Griezmann, six goals.
- Ter Stegen
- S. Roberto
- F. De Jong
Why Bet On Real Madrid?
Real Madrid had won three straight until their 1-1 draw against Valencia on Sunday. Karim Benzema’s header into the roof of the net in second-half stoppage time gave Real Madrid the draw. Los Blancos sits at +21 in goal differential with 33 goals in 16 matches while limiting the opposition to a league-best 12 goals.
Benzema leads La Liga in goals scored with a whopping 12 while Sergio Ramos has added three goals and a trio of other players (Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric) have added a pair of goals. Real Madrid has outscored the opposition by the insane score of 28-6 over their last 10 matches while going 3-7 O/U along the way. Real Madrid is 4-3-1 on the road this season while averaging 2.06 goals per game and allowing just 0.75 goals per contest defensively.
- Valverde (Rodrygo)
- Bale (Isco)
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Expert Analysis and Prediction
FC Barcelona has won two straight against Real Madrid including a 1-0 road win on March 2, following an emphatic 3-0 spanking on Feb. 27. With Barca being undefeated at home and firing on all cylinders right now, Lionel Messi and company are the pick to get the one-goal win in this hugely anticipated showdown!
Pick: FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1