Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid – Betting Review

Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 market first. Barcelona didn’t need to win and didn’t play for it much either from around the 65th minute. However, they grabbed a late winner to collect for their backers @ 2.20.

Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Barcelona -0.25 @ 1.88 won in this market again, this thanks to the late winner.

Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. As outlined in the preview, this had all the makings of being an overs game.

The first half was the one with multiple goals, but the game opened up much more in the final 30 minutes or so.

The Over Backers would have felt alive even at 1-1 and with time ticking down. This was due to the fact Real Madrid kept on taking big risks. Adding to that was Barcelona wasn’t wasting time, instead looking for a winner on breaks which came. The Over 2.75 was a half win @ 2.04.

Match Summary

Barcelona secured a 2-1 victory to all but secure the league title against a frustrated Real Madrid.

The Barcelona winner was against the run of play and a late goal, but by that stage, Real Madrid was throwing numbers forward knowing they had to win the football match.

Barcelona was superior in the first half but Madrid took the lead from something of a fluke goal.

Barcelona had got level late in the first half and to be fair, did show ambition to win the match for a good chunk of the match, and in those periods they looked better.

However, the longer the time ticked down, the more Barcelona sat off and played for the draw.

Madrid generated a good threat and had some decent chances, including VAR ruling out what looked good goal to those watching the match live.

It felt a little harsh with Barcelona scoring late but on clear chances, 2-1 was the fairest score. This is backed up by the XG shown below. 

It was the usual lively opening to this pivotal clash of the Spanish giants.

Barcelona mounted pressure in front of a partisan home crowd, with Thibaut Courtois stopping attempts from Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

Barcelona was shocked to suddenly fall behind when Ronald Araújo’s block sent a cross inside the near post of Ter Stegen, who could have done better.

The Catalans didn’t let the goal worry them and found a leveller in first-half stoppage time when Sergi Roberto smashed home after a scramble in the area.

Barcelona continued to seek the winner in the second half, or at least they did until around the hour mark, before gradually focusing on not losing.

Barcelona wanted to be more in control of dominating the ball and it worked well, as  Madrid struggled to settle and generate attacking momentum.

Carlo Ancelotti rang the changes as the time ticked down and the one substitute which stood out was initially Rodrygo. He was busy but wasted a good chance not long after coming in.

Another sub, Marco Asensio, thought he had won the game when he fired Madrid ahead with the run of play.

The Madrid celebrations were cut short as the goal was ruled out by VAR however, and then minutes later, it was all over as Franck Kessié slid home a winner on a counterattack.