All of Real Madrid’s La Liga and Champions League rivals should be quaking in their boots as Carlo Ancelotti’s men have proved in recent performances that the attacking chemistry is starting to click.
Punters should not be afraid of ploughing in to the chances of rampaging Real, who have scored 10 in their last two La Liga games, winning the La Liga at 4/1 and the Champions League at 21/4.
Ancelotti has found that playing a 4-2-3-1 formation brings the best out of his star players
The former Chelsea boss, who only arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, is finally getting to grips with accommodating the plethora of attacking quality within a squad that arguably has two top-class players for each position.
Playing a more rigid 4-4-2 in his first few matches in charge, Ancelotti was given a harsh lesson regarding understanding the Spanish league as results were hardly inspiring and performances rarely merited the level of which the Madrid locals are accustomed to.
But following the disappointing 2-1 defeat against Barcelona, where Ancelotti experimented rather recklessly with his starting eleven, Madrid’s head honcho has overseen their most convincing attacking showings of the season so far with a 7-3 win over Sevilla and a 3-2 triumph at Rayo Vallecano.
The front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are starting to click
There is no coincidence that since putting faith in the 4-2-3-1 formation with Ronaldo and Bale playing wide off central striker Benzema, the goals have been flying in at regular intervals.
All ten scored in their last two matches have come from one of the tremendously talented trio.
Bale, the world’s most expensive player who has endured a stuttering start to his Madrid career because of injury, is now revelling playing in his favoured wide position and has repaid his boss with two goals and four assists.
Ronaldo also looks happier coming from a deeper wide position than he was when tasked with playing as a striker in a 4-4-2 while Benzema’s clever movement and impeccable timing brings out the best from the men supplying him the goods.
Their next opponents Juventus will struggle to stop a rampaging Real
Looking forward and the 28/17 odds surrounding a Madrid victory in their upcoming Champions League clash with Juventus are intriguingly juicy when you consider the confidence and free-flowing nature in that potent front three.
Juventus have also won only four of their last 11 Champions League home games, so a bulky bet on Ancelotti’s troops to prosper in Italy looks a smart play.