Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Champions to close La Liga gap

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Barcelona have not lost to Real Madrid in the past eight league meetings of the sides, and thus will fancy their chances of beating the league leaders at 4/6 on Saturday.

Real’s last La Liga success over their great divisional rivals came back in 2007, but did occur at the Nou Camp, which will encourage backers of 10/3 Los Blancos this weekend.

With just five games left to play, Jose Mourinho would be delighted with a draw from the game, and his charges can be backed to achieve that result at 16/5.

However, as recent results dictate, Barca seem to have the upper hand, and look a tremendous prospect at 13/8 to win a game which features three or more goals.

Backing that outcome would have paid dividends the last two times these teams met at the Nou Camp, and another interesting price is the 2/1 about a home triumph in which both teams find the net.

The sides have racked up an incredible haul of over 200 goals between them this term, which should draw attention to that price, and those who remember Barcelona’s 5-0 win in last season’s fixture will lap up the 4/1 on the Catalans notching four or more times here.

Punters who fancy an emphatic Barca success again could also look into the handicap markets to back the home side, where they are afforded 6/4 odds for victory giving up a goal start to their visitors.

They are a big 4/1 to overcome the same handicap by half-time as they did last season, and this too may attract interest.

Much attention will be paid meanwhile, to two of the world’s leading football talents in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and these two head the betting as first goalscorer chances.

Each has an incredible 43 La Liga goals to their name for the season, and Messi is 3/1 favourite to break the deadlock, with Ronaldo a 9/2 shot.

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