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El Classico Betting Guide: Real Madrid v Barcelona Prediction, October 16, 2022

If you are looking for the most accurate Real Madrid v Barcelona prediction, then BetOnWins has got you covered. This Sunday afternoon, the two best clubs in La Liga will go head-to-head in a match that could very well decide the title despite how early we are in the season. Fact is, El Classico has always had big implications. The winner gets a huge morale boost, while the loser can spiral down into a crisis, especially if that's Barcelona who just had their Champions League hopes dented, as we accurately predicted.

The Story Thus Far

Both teams are level on 22 points at the top after eight rounds in La Liga. That means Real and Barca have each won seven games and made one draw. Real had a somewhat shocking 1:1 draw at home against Osasuna at the start of this month, while Barca fired blanks in the opening round against Rayo Vallecano. The two top teams and fiercest rivals have identical records at this point in La Liga, but one huge difference lingers like a dark cloud over Barcelona.

The Repercussions Of The Champions League Fiasco

Of course, we are talking about Barca's last match, and it was the 3:3 draw in the Champions League against Inter. What was a must-win game for the Catalans, started well as the Spaniards took the lead at half-time. However, despite Xavi's wild goal celebrations, there were signs that Inter could score, which they did just ten minutes into the second half.

All The Money Spend And No Defense

Despite controlling the ball for most of the time, Inter were actually had the better chances in the first fourtyfive minutes. Xavi is currently using a makeshift defense, and that could spell further trouble for them at the Bernabeu. The game against Inter showed just how low Pique has fallen these days. The pace has never been his strong side, but he is moving like a snail right now, and it's nearly impossible to see him being able to stop Benzema and Vini Junior from scoring.

See, despite spending over 150 million Euro (which they don't actually have) at the summer transfer window, Barca did little to strengthen their defense. This was quite evident against an Inter side that's not even among the best teams in Europe. Yet Inter could have won that game and had at least six clear-cut chances to score. Only Ter Steegen's heroics kept Barca in the game and allowed them to split the points.

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The thing is that the Catalans were thin at the back to begin with, and now they are further limited by injuries. Araujo, their starting center half got injured as did former Chelsea man Christensen. Their only good defensive signing, Jules Kounde too part in the team's training session after the Inter game, but it's not certain whether he will feature, particularly from the start. He missed nearly a full month due to the biceps femoris injury in his left hamstring he picked up while with the French national side.



Advantage Real

When it comes to our Real Madrid v Barcelona betting guide, it has to be said that the Madridistas are in better positiion. Benzema has returned to the lineup, Modric, Kroos and Vinicius are all healthy, so Ancelotti has all of his most important players fully available. They managed to equalize in the last minute aganist Shakter so they just qualified for the next stage of the Champions League. Something that their opponents failed at. And lastly, the game is at the Bernabeu, so Real are starting with an "extra" man, 70 thousand+ fans.

Real Madrid v Barcelona Predictions According To Bookies

With all said and then, you can probably understand now just why the bookies are favoring Real for this El Clasico. The odds for a Real win are at about 2.25 depending on your bookie. A bet on the "underdogs" Barca can nearly tripple your money as a Barca win pays off at 2.90, which is actually not bad. The draw, which is always a logical result in such big games would pay off the biggest dividents at 3.60.

Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Pick

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Over 2.5 Goals And Both Teams to Score @ 1.90

Final Score: Real Madrid v Barcelona 3:1


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