Real Madrid Has Slight Edge To Win on Saturday

Published on November 21st, 2015 3:03 am EST

There are a host of big matches on Saturday as European league play officially returns, but there is none bigger than the latest instalment of "El Clasico".

"El Clasico" is the name that is given to any match that pits Real Madrid v Barcelona. The teams have met a total of 262 times over their lifetimes as franchises, with Barcelona taking the most recent match (March 23rd, 2015) 2-1.

Saturday's match takes on an extra bit of importance as Barcelona and Real Madrid are duelling for the top spot in the league. As of this moment, Barcelona sits at the top of La Liga with a total of 27 points, while Real Madrid sits in second place with 24 points. A win for Real Madrid on Saturday would vault them into a tie with Barcelona at the top of the table. A win for Barcelona and they would be six points ahead of Real Madrid, which may just be an insurmountable difference, even at this early stage of the season.

Real Madrid is 3-0-1 in their last four games, while Barcelona hasn't lost over that same stretch of time.

Real Madrid has been electric at home so far this season, collecting a total of 13 points over the course of 5 games. Barcelona, on the other hand, has managed to accumulate 9 points in away matches.

Real Madrid has notched 26 goals so far this season, while Barcelona has scored 25. Both teams have given up a grand total of 7 goals so far this year.

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Let's take a look at the odds for Saturday's match:

Real Madrid, 2.50
Draw, 3.30
Barcelona, 2.80

These odds mean that Real Madrid has a slight edge to win, though none of the three possible outcomes have a better than even money chance of taking place.

The player with the best odds of scoring in the game is Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently listed at 1.85 to score. Lionel Messi, who is rumoured to be playing on Saturday, is listed at 2.15.

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