Last Updated: 2017-08-12
Match-up: Real Madrid at Barcelona
Time: 16:00 EDT
Spread: RMD +0.5
Total: 3.25 Goals
It is now time for one more El Clasico in Spain, where Real Madrid and Barcelona will be clashing against one another at the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, August 13th. Real Madrid finished just 3 points ahead of Barcelona in the standings and captured the league title, while Barcelona captured the Spanich Cup. The first match is set to be played in the Camp Nou in Barcelona.
Barcelona had a pretty solid season last year, but they fell 3 points short of their arch-rivals Real Madrid in the league standings, and eventually finished at the 2nd spot (28-6-4). They featured the best offense with a whopping 116 goals, and the 3rd best defense with just 37 conceded. They might have failed to capture the title, but they got their silverware when they defeated Alaves at the Spanich Cup final by 1-3. They also did a solid run in the Champions League, where they were eventually eliminated at the quarter-finals against Juventus. They shook the soccer world in the off-season when they sold Brazilian star Neymar for a whopping 222 million euros to PSG, while they also lost Mathieu, Tello, Masip and coach Luis Enrique. They brought in Ernesto Valverde to replace him, and also bought Deulofeu, Semedo, Lima and Douglas.
On the other hand, Real Madrid did good to finish at the top of the La Liga last season (29-3-6), as they cruised past Barcelona at one point in the season and never fell from the top spot. They had the 2nd best offense with 106 goals and the 4th best defense with 41 conceded. They were excellent on the road (15-2-2), where they only lost to Valencia and Sevilla in the league, and to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Even so, they reached the Champions League final, and they captured the biggest trophy in the soccer world when they destroyed Juventus by 4-1. They didn’t make any huge changes in their roster in the off-season, as they only brought Ceballos from Betis and Hernandez from Atletico. They did sell Danilo to Manchester City and Morata to Chelsea, Mariano to Lyon and sent James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich among others.
The two teams met in the International Champions Cup on June, where Barcelona recorded a slim 3-2 win against Real Madrid. Last season it was Barcelona who won by 3-2 in Madrid, after a 1-1 draw in Barcelona. Each of the last 5 matches in this venue have had Under 3.5 Goals, and this is a solid bet to look for in this match.
Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals (-128).