Real Madrid v Barcelona: Mourinho’s men great value

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Home advantage makes Real Madrid excellent value for money ahead of this season’s El Clasico numero quatro.

Los Merengues are 15/8 to sink their Catalan nemeses at the Bernabeu and, with La Liga all but beyond his side, Jose Mourinho can ill-afford to see his interest ended in another competition.

A Barcelona win pays out at 5/4 but, despite their undeniable brilliance, this is too short to back. Real have not lost at home all season, failing to claim the spoils just three times so far this season; their problems have all come on the road.

They’ve notched 16 goals in their last five home games in domestic action and with Barca currently on a five-match clean sheet drought, you’ve got to fancy them to be amongst the goals once more.

Over 2.5 Real goals is available to back at 10/3 and this shouldn’t be ruled out, while the same price is on offer for there to be over 2.5 first-half strikes registered in this clash. Based on the recent La Liga form of these colossal footballing forces this looks fantastic value; combining both clubs’ previous four games, three would have ensured this bet copped.

Whether the goals come in the first half or the second, recent renewals between the two guarantee a busy night for both keepers. Of their previous nine meetings, six have crossed the 3.5-goal mark, helping the helping the total reach 33.

The same outcome pays at a significantly slimmed down 11/10 ahead of the latest instalment of El Clasico, but it’s still got to be worth a punt.

The best bet on this showdown, however, is the 23/20 on offer for the hosts to score the first goal of the match.

Real have been quick out of the traps in recent tussles with their bitterest foes and have put the first goal on the board a staggering seven times from nine outings. With this game being of more significance to Mourinho’s men, expect that trend to continue here.

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