The Betting Corner: Quick Tips To Bet On El Clasico
Back after another international break, the Premier League returns to bring us the crash-bang-wallop we have come to love over the years. Let's take a look at some of the key encounters that will get you value when you come to bet.
On Saturday, Chelsea has yet another chance to get its slipshod season on track, and against Norwich at Stamford Bridge, you would back the Blues to win in any circumstance. Norwich is a good side but just doesn't have the imagination in attack to dent Chelsea, even with the severely-compromised defence that the champions have.
If you think Chelsea will take its time to get off the mark, it's 7/2 with Unibet for a half-time / full-time result of Draw / Chelsea, something that represents decent value given Chelsea's problems scoring.
The big game that matters at the top of the league on Saturday is Manchester City's hosting of Liverpool, with the Reds having slowly been transformed under the management of Jürgen Klopp, the media's new favourite generator of soundbites.
The German may have been charismatic in front of the camera, but he has problems on the field, with Mamadou Sakho the latest injury in his depleted squad.
Manchester City continues to motor on, and one of the players improving the most is Raheem Sterling, who left Liverpool acrimoniously in the summer to head to the Etihad Stadium. He's 19/10 with Betfair to score anytime against his old club. Meanwhile, Ladbrokes has 14/5 for a draw.
Perhaps the game most people in Europe will be glued to, though, takes place outside of the Premier League, in Spain. Real Madrid against Barcelona is known as El Clasico on account of its rich history, with games resembling turf wars at times, and chess matches at others.
Lionel Messi has been eased back to fitness for this game, although there is a chance the Argentine will not start. That might not matter, given the way the now sensible-haired Neymar has stepped up to the plate as a leader on the pitch in the absence of the multiple World Footballer of the Year.
Barcelona currently enjoys a three-point lead over Real at the top of La Liga, but El Clasico most often favours the home side, due to a combination of the crowd and occasionally unusual refereeing. For that reason, a Barcelona win is not a safe bet. It's 11/8 with Unibet for more than 3.5 goals to be scored in the match, and 17/11 with the same bookie for Neymar to score anytime.