Manchester United’s dreams of emulating their treble-winning campaign of 1999 will meet their ultimate test on Tuesday night as nine-time European champions Real Madrid arrive at Old Trafford for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
The Premier League leaders have the slight advantage ahead of the game as they were able to hold Madrid to a 1-1 draw in the Bernabéu three weeks ago, so a goalless draw would be enough to see the English side through.
Having said that, the chances of there being no goals with such a wide array of attacking talent on display are pretty slim, as shown by a price of 21/1 at bwin.com.
More likely is a gripping encounter that shouldn’t be missed as Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the red side of Manchester for the first time.
It’s the Portuguese captain’s side who start the match as 5/4 favourites, with the hosts priced at 39/20 and the odds of the game ending in a draw after 90 minutes at 13/5.
If these prices or our free £20 bet offer for new customers don’t grab your attention, then here are five stats – and their associated punts – which surely will.
1: Only once in four attempts have Man Utd overcome Real Madrid over two legs, which was in 1968, the year that Matt Busby led the side to their first European Cup success. United are priced by bwin as 6/5 underdogs to progress to the quarter-finals.
2: The number of goals Man Utd forward Danny Welbeck has struck this term, his second being the opener in the first leg against Madrid. The Manchester-born player is 19/2 to break the deadlock again.
5.5: The average number of goals in the second leg of European ties played between United and Real in four previous meetings. You can get odds of 6/1 on over 5.5 goals being scored on the night or 31/10 on five or more hitting the net.
14: The number of goals scored by Sir Alex Ferguson’s team in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games – five more than Madrid have scored in La Liga during the same period in their fixtures. The home side are priced at 13/4 to score more in the final 15 on Tuesday evening than Real.
46: The number of goals Ronaldo has scored in the Champions League during his career, placing him joint-eighth in the all-time top scorers chart. He has got seven so far this campaign, making him the competition’s joint top scorer alongside Burak Yilmaz of Galatasaraay. The Madrid number seven is evens to score at Old Trafford.