December 18, 2019 | News | No Comments
While Messi takes centre stage, Al Hain-Cole sees better value in backing the in-form Uruguay international to fire past Zidane’s men at Camp Nou
Like every Real Madrid manager taking on Barcelona in recent years, Zinedine Zidane will have spent the majority of his preparation for Wednesday’s El Clasico wondering how to stop Lionel Messi.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 26 goals in 41 matches against Los Blancos, although he has failed to get on target in his last two encounters with the old enemy.
Nevertheless, he remains 888Sport’s 3/1 (4.00) favourite to open the scoring at the Nou Camp, and priced at just 7/10 (1.70) to strike anytime.
However, Messi is certainly not the only in-form attacker at Ernesto Valverde’s disposal, with Luis Suarez having found the net 12 times in 16 starts this campaign.
Considering he has scored 11 goals in 15 games against Madrid, the Uruguay international looks like solid value at 57/50 (2.14) anytime odds.
Having scored a more modest seven goals in 21 fixtures this season, former Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is a less tempting 6/4 (2.50) shot to come back to haunt his old neighbours.
In contrast, there is no doubt over who will be bearing the brunt of the goal-scoring burden at the other end of the pitch, where Karim Benzema has scored at least nine more league goals than any of his team mates.
On the scoresheet 10 times in his last 10 appearances, the Frenchman is priced at 7/1 (8.00) to break the deadlock and 41/20 (3.05) to score anytime.
Benzema has been particularly important considering Luka Jovic’s disappointing form since joining in the summer, with the 21-year-old unlikely to attract much attention at 47/20 (3.35) anytime odds after scoring just once so far.
On the other hand, teenage prodigy Rodrygo could be a tempting longer shot at 10/3 (4.33) considering he has worked his way into the team with six goals in nine starts this season.
Suarez to score anytime at 57/50 (2.14) for a 1.5pt stake with 888Sport