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Real Madrid vs Barcelona (Jan 15) Betting Preview

Angelos Anastassopoulos January 13, 2023
Real Madrid vs Barcelona (Jan 15) Betting Preview

Not in Madrid, nor in Barcelona. Not even in Seville or Bilbao. The 251st El Clasico will be played in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Final-4 of the Spanish Super Cup is held in the Saudi capital for the second year in a row and the two Spanish giants will fight for the first trophy of the season on neutral soil. So it is Saudi and not Spanish fans that will enjoy Real Madrid vs Barcelona, arguably the most famous and prestigious football match in the world.

There is controversy surrounding this and we will talk about it, but we will also give you a full betting preview of the game. Continue reading to find out more about 2023’s first of hopefully many Real Madrid vs Barcelona games.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona Preview

Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Date: Sunday, 15 January 2023
Time: 18:00
Venue: King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

There isn’t much to separate Real Madrid and Barcelona. The two most successful teams in Europe in this century happen to be bitter rivals and this adds to every single of their games. But what makes this Real Madrid vs Barcelona tie even more exciting is that the two opponents are roughly in the same form.

They both had to win their semi-finals on penalties to advance to the final. They both were not at their best, but Real Madrid managed to kick Valencia out and Barca did the same against Real Betis.

On the Spanish League table, Real Madrid have a narrow advantage, as they are three points clear of their biggest rivals, but this is a margin that can be nulled in the blink of an eye. Especially when you are reminded that the second round Clasico will be played in Barcelona.

Real Madrid travelled to Saudi Arabia without David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni, who have both picked up calf injuries. Carlo Ancelotti had to sub off three players dye to injury in the semi-final. Lucas Vazquez and Eder Militao will miss the final, while Eduardo Camavinga is cleared to play.

As for the Catalans, Xavi has no injuries or suspensions to worry about ahead of this Real Madrid vs Barcelona clash.

El Clasico

Real Madrid vs Barcelona

The Real Madrid vs Barcelona affair is a tale of two cities. The two biggest in Spain to be exact. But it is more than that. Like everything in Spain, football has a political background. Real Madrid are often viewed as representing Spanish unionism and Barcelona are viewed as representing Catalan nationalism.

But, to be fair, both clubs are far larger than that. Less than a decade ago they were the two richest clubs on the planet, while they still have global fanbases that don’t care about Spanish politics. They just to see their teams beat their rivals.

The history of the Real Madrid vs Barcelona rivalry spans almost 120 years, as they first met each other on May 13, 1902. Since then, they have met more than 200 times, with 100 Real Madrid wins to Barcelona’s 97 (52 games ended in a draw).


There are more important issues, outside the sporting or betting aspects of this game, on which you can wager using the best bet bonus. There is great controversy surrounding the new format of the Supercopa de Espana. Up until last year, the competition was a two-leg fixture between the Champion and the Cup Winner, meaning that the fans were able to see their favourite teams fighting for a trophy. The rights have now been sold to Saudi Arabia and the competition is nothing more than just another Spanish football export.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona Odds

The odds set is pretty balanced for the Real Madrid vs Barcelona clash, this Sunday. Madrid are offered at 2.75 and Barcelona at 2.55, with the draw set at 3.45. As for the overall winner, Real Madrid are at 1.95 and Barcelona at 1.85.

The over/under line is set at 2.5 goals, with the over at 1.75 and the under at 2.10.

The Both Teams to Score Option is valued at 1.60, and the “No” is at 2.35.

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