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Five players that can hit the back of net in Sunday’s El Clasico

by Josh Powell | October 3, 2012

SUPER SUB: Villa has scored three goals this season after coming off the bench

By Josh Powell | Sports writer

El Clasico is never short of action with 31 goals in the last eight matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona, an average of almost four goals every game. With goals galore expected in Sunday’s clash we look ahead to who the most likely candidates are to find themselves on the score-sheet.

Cristiano Ronaldo

You cannot write about goalscorers without talking about Cristiano Ronaldo. His stats are mind-blowing. This season alone he has scored 12 goals in 10 games in all competitions and he’s got six in six in the league.

Ronnie has eight goals in 15 games against Barcelona and has scored in the last five El Clasicos. He is 9/2 to open the scoring but the evens about him scoring at any time looks to be incredible value.

Lionel Messi

Like Ronaldo, it is very hard to ignore the best player in the world. Lionel Messi has 1- goals in 10 games this season and has matched Ronaldo’s tally of six in six in the league.

He has only scored two goals in the last six matches against Jose Mourinho’s side but has an incredible 71% strike rate against Madrid. Messi has bagged 15 goals in the 21 games he’s featured in against Los Blancos. He is 7/2 to score first and 8/11 to find the onion bag at any time.

David Villa

David Villa may not start the game on Sunday but that doesn’t mean he won’t be on the scoresheet. He has three goals in the league this season despite only starting one game and tends to find himself coming on as a substitute in the final quarter of an hour.

He is deadly in front of goal and Spain’s all-time top scorer has to be considered a major threat by Mourinho. Villa is 9/5 to find the back of the net at any time in the match and 13/2 to open the scoring.

This is his last minute winner in last week’s 3-2 victory away to Seville. Again Villa made a crucial impact coming off the bench to score late on.

Angel Di Maria

The Argentinian midfielder might not be renowned as the most prolific man on the pitch but he knows how to find the back of the net. Di Maria put Madrid 2-1 ahead at home to Deportivo La Coruna last week before they ran out comfortable winners and he scored a crucial goal at the Nou Camp in this year’s Super Cup first leg.

Real Madrid have scored first in five of the last six El Clasicos and Di Maria is 11/1 to open the scoring on Sunday evening and 10/3 to score at any time and make it two goals in two games.

Pedro

Pedro is a very accomplished striker, scoring on average one every three games for Barcelona and is a key player in the Catalan side. He hasn’t scored since the opening day of the season so you’d be tempted to think the Spanish forward is due to net one soon.

He has scored five goals in 15 games against Real Madrid so clearly isn’t phased by the occasion and is an appealing 15/2 to open the scoring. He is 21/10 if you fancy him to get a goal at any time in the game.

If Messi scores the last goal in this game Paddy Power will refund all losing first goalscorer, last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast singles on this match.

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  1. elflaco said on October 3, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    Don’t forget Benzema and Higuain. Or Pepe or Sergio Ramos from a corner. Or Xavi from a free-kick. Or Fabregas from a run from midfield. Or Alexis, if he doesn’t dive instead of electing to shoot….. In fact it might be easier to pick out the players that are unlikely to score :)

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