La Liga Their Own!
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Using the phrase ‘two horse race’ is lamer than Sergio Ramos’s attempts at time-wasting, but after just 12 games of the La Liga season, there’s a clear trend that suggests the two pedigree animals are about to leave their rivals trailing in their wake. Some of the closer pursuers are by no means useless nags, but such has been the relentless class of Liga’s top 2 that already a sizeable gap has emerged. We’d be as hesitant as Xabi Alonso taking a free-kick to declare any game held in November is a title decider, but there’s no doubt that whichever of Spain’s fiercest rivals prevails in this version of el Clasico will feel confident about going all the way.
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With the corporate messages out of the way, now we can look at the likely outcome of this game. Whilst Real Madrid haven’t quite engaged in the ritual slaughtering of rivals in the same manner as Barcelona, they have already assimilated those typically Jose Mourinho traits of efficiency, pouncing on weakness and overwhelming smugness. Strangely for a team managed by the Special One, they’re also combining success with huge dollops of style.
Both sides do struggle from defensive weakness. Real have done marginally better in this respect, but the stats hide the fact it’s thanks in large part to the supreme efforts of Iker Casillas. He may get little to do, but when he does, he almost always does it well. He’s made some crucial saves at crucial times that have facilitated easy wins for his team that otherwise would have been more hard fought. Monday evening promises to be his busiest evening of the season to date and the success of his efforts at keeping the waves of Barcelona attacks at bay are going to go a long way to deciding who emerges with the upper hand in the race for the Spanish title.
If Barcelona hit top gear, no team can live with them and the 11/10 for a home win looks good. One major note of caution would be the Special One’s ability to stifle his former employers. He did it with Inter Milan en route to Champions League glory earlier this year and there’ll be plenty of people taking up the option to back Real Madrid @ 5/2. Such a result would give los Blancos a four point lead at the top of the table and no doubt see the Camp Nou sprinklers once again whir into action moments after the final whistle.
There’s so much attacking talent on show that picking out a 1st Goalscorer is harder than Premier League footballer in a monogamous relationship. With both players in superb form, backing both Messi and Ronaldo to score @ 4/1 is a very interesting bet considering their phenomenal goalscoring records. On a similar theme would be the opportunity to back Ronaldo to score direct from a free-kick @ 5/1. Javier Mascherano is no stranger to the referee’s whistle and if he gives away free-kicks in dangerous areas, there are few team better equipped to capitalise than Real.