Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid: Betting Odds & Prediction

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The planet’s best scoring trio takes on the best defense in Spain today, when Barcelona and Atletico Madrid battle for the top spot in the Liga table.

Madrid have allowed just eight goals in 23 league games, but have only scored 22 goals this year to Barcelona’s 36. That could prove problematic for Madrid today, especially if Barcelona scores early.

That’s what happened in El Clasico, when Luis Suarez broke the game open with a goal in the 11th minute. Barcelona went on to win 4-0, just another notch during their current 25-match unbeaten run.

Messi and Co. are indeed the favorite for Saturday, though with goals expected to be at a premium, there are some enticing bets available. OddsShark.com has the best Barca line at -193, with Madrid going as far down as +630.

Of the MSN trio, Suarez has the best betting odds at sites like bet365.com, including +350 to score first. But a solid scoring bet could be Antoine Griezmann, who at +240 for anytime is Madrid’s only legitimate scoring threat.

Goal.com recommends betting for the scoreless draw at halftime, which has paid out not only in the previous two meetings this season, but eight of Madrid’s previous 11 matches. While history may favor that result, the energy at Camp Nou combined with a mostly healthy Barcelona have me thinking early goals al Clasico.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-0

Best Bet: Suarez Scores First (+350)



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