Barcelona v Real Madrid Odds : Draw no bet the value for punters as ‘El Classico’ comes to town

Real Madrid will visit Catalunya for the first time this season as eyes from around the world will be fixed on Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Even at this stage of the season, Real Madrid could really do with registering an away win at the Camp Nou.

The reigning La Liga champions are already eight points behind their bitter rivals.

Jose Mourinho has spoken out on various occasions about the lack of strength have shown in the opening weeks, which have included drawing at home to Valencia on the opening weekend and losing to both Getafe and Seville.

They have however started to come good in recent weeks with wins over Rayo Vallecano and Deportivo La Coruna, but a trip to the Nou Camp is a different proposition all together.

As with all high-profile matches the betting markets have been alive with action over the past two days and it seems punters are actually putting their faith in Mourinho and Real Madrid.

Their early price of 4/1 has now disappeared and has been backed into a very well solid 3/1 (Ladbrokes) shot.

The bet that has really tempted punters in thus far though has been the “draw no bet” option for a Real Madrid win around the 9/5 (Sportingbet) mark.

For those not up to speed with the draw no bet market, it simply means your bet is declared void/non-runner if the game ends a draw. But a winner if Real Madrid wins and a loser in Barcelona triumph.

Cristiano Ronaldo is popular in the scoring markets for Real Madrid following his hat-trick in midweek in the Champions League. He also will have fond memories of coming back to the Nou Camp.

It was his goal last season in this corresponding fixture that effectively sealed the title for Madrid in the 2-1 win. Ronaldo is available to back around the 19/4 (Sportingbet) to open the scoring and a very skinny looking 10/11 (Paddy Power) to find the net anytime.

Barcelona will be confident of quelling the threat of the Portuguese sensation and picking up yet another three points this season.

They are the clear favourites for the match in the market with Paddy Power reporting some hefty bets laid and the price is now just a 5/6 shot with the Irish firm.

Despite losing manager Pep Guardiola, new man Tito Vilanova, the man who was poked in the eye by Mourinho last season, has started the season extremely well. His side have a 100% record in all competitions, registering six wins from six matches and they sit top of La Liga.

That unbeaten record was in jeopardy last week against Seville but from 2-0 down they clawed the game back to 3-2 wrapped up by a last minute David Villa winner. But the man whose name is on everyone’s lips at the moment at Lionel Messi.

As with all El Classico matches in recent years the match has been billed as a showdown between Messi and Ronaldo – the two current best players in the world, whose goalscoring record is simply sensational.

The little Argentinean has already scored 10 goals in 10 games this season, to go along with the 82 for both club and country last year. He is the best priced 7/2 (Paddy Power) favourite to score first, which looks a very tasty price, and 4/6 to notch anytime with the same firm.

Other interesting bets to keep an eye on include counting on both sides to score at around the 4/9 (Paddy Power) mark.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have both scored in each of their last nine encounters, and you don’t need to be a genius to work out that both sides possess an array of attacking talent.

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