Soccer Betting Lines & Expert Pick for Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 22, 2017 in

There is a tremendous soccer match on the line Saturday as Real Madrid takes on Barcelona. This match will take place in Madrid. What is on the line in this game is a chance to get back to the title race for Soccer Betting Lines favorite Real Madrid. They are 4th with 31 points and have a chance to cut the gap to 8 points with a game in hand.

For Barcelona, they continue to win matches and have a chance to really shut down an opportunity for anyone to catch them. Barcelona has won 13 out of 16 matches and has been brilliant in doing so. Barcelona is coming off a shutout win over Deportivo on December 17th.

Soccer Betting Lines & Expert Pick for Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona

  • When: Saturday, December 23 at 7 AM EST
  • Where: Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid
  • TV: Bein Sports
  • Live Stream: Bein Sports On Demand
  • Soccer Betting Lines: Real Madrid -0.5 (Total at 3.5 goals)

Series History

  • Total Meetings: 235
  • First Meeting: March 3, 1916
  • Last Meeting: August 16, 2017
  • All-Time Series: Real Madrid leads 95-49-91
  • Scored Goals: Real Madrid 399 / Barcelona 381

Why Bet on Real Madrid?

Real Madrid is a soccer team that of course sees Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way offensively, and as the team leader. Ronaldo has scored 4 goals and dished out 2 assists thus far. Isco and Marco Asensio also have 45 goals for Real Madrid this season as well. The surprise has been Karim Benzema, with 2 goals and 3 assists.

The goaltender for Real Madrid has been Kiko Casilla. #13 is 31 years old and has been in net nearly every match they have played this season. In UEFA Champions matches he has been strong.

Team Statistics

  • Games Played: 15
  • Wins: 9
  • Loses: 2
  • Ties: 4
  • Scored Goals: 30
  • Conceded Goals: 11

Why Bet on Barcelona?

Barcelona is stacked from front to back up and down their roster. In La Liga, they have scored 42 goals in 16 matches. In UEFA Champions League, not as many goals, as they have just 9 in 6 games. The squad is anchored by Lionel Messi, with 14 goals and 5 assists, while Luis Suarez has been pretty solid with 9 goals on the season.

FC Barcelona is not used to be the underdog at the Soccer Betting Lines.

Goaltending for Barcelona has not been an issue. 25-year-old Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been fantastic between the pipes with 5 appearances in UEFA matches and 16 in La Liga. He has not allowed a goal in his last three bouts over Malaga, Athletic Bilbao, and Olympiacos.

Team Statistics

  • Games Played: 16
  • Wins: 13
  • Loses: 0
  • Ties: 3
  • Scored Goals: 42
  • Conceded Goals: 7

Probable Line-Ups

Real Madrid:

  • 1-K. Navas
  • 12-Marcelo
  • 4-S. Ramos
  • 5-R. Varane
  • 2-D. Carvajal
  • 10-L. Modrić
  • 8-T. Kroos
  • 14-Casemiro
  • 22-Isco
  • 7-C. Ronaldo
  • 9-K. Benzema

Barcelona:

  • 1-M. ter Stegen
  • 25-T. Vermaelen
  • 3-Piqué
  • 18-J. Alba
  • 8-A. Iniesta
  • 4-I. Rakitić
  • 15-Paulinho
  • 20-S. Roberto
  • 10-L. Messi
  • 9-L. Suárez
  • 17-P. Alcácer

Expert Pick and Prediction

There is a good chance that Barcelona will shut down Real Madrid here. Barcelona is more talented than Real Madrid in every asset of the game. Real Madrid will have a tough time keeping up with the speed that Barcelona brings to the field in this match.

When you are betting on this matchup – take Barcelona to beat Real Madrid. The bet for this matchup is Barcelona 3.12 over Real Madrid in the battle on Saturday.