The Special One is creating something very special indeed at Real Madrid. The Portuguese panto-villain may have trailed Barcelona at home and abroad following his debut season in Spain but this term Real have blazed a trail ahead of their Catalan cousins.
Since a couple of stodgy shows in the middle of September, Los Blancos have blitzed all before them, winning their last 11 games on the bounce and scoring 41 goals in the process.
They’ve also made a methodical advance to the Champions League knock-out stages already, winning all four of their Group D games and banging in 12 without reply. So you’ll have to put a lot down for a decent return at 7/100 for Jose Mourinho’s men to continue the procession at the expense of Dinamo Zagreb at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
In fact, their record in front of the natives this season makes even those odds look a tad long. Madrid have a 100% record after seven games and are averaging over four goals per game in the capital, so if you fancy a flutter on this you’ll need to know how to get a bit more ping for your peseta.
Such is the talent available in this Galacticos squad, Mourinho has the luxury of alternating between Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain. The Frenchman started and scored at the weekend so it should be the Argentine’s turn tonight, and after 11 goals in 12 games, the former River Plate striker is 17/10 to score two or more against Zagreb.
For the optimistic Zagreb fans and the clinically insane, the Croats are an enormous 25/1 to spring a shock and 19/2 for the draw – or maybe you could put your money on Lord Lucan riding Shergar home in the next Grand National or Alan Shearer to win Live at Jongleurs.
Give Zagreb a 2-0 headstart and Madrid will still win at 67/100, but we’re getting there with this line of attack. There’s been more than 3.5 goals in games at the Bernabeu on five of the seven fixtures during 2011/12 and Real to triumph again in a match containing over 3.5 goals is a healthy 4/5.
In their last two outings at home, Real have scored three times in the first half and they are 23/10 to do the same tonight, while if you fancy predicting the score, the multiple of 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 is 5/2, with 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 rated as a 17/5 shot.
For the optimistic Zagreb fans and the clinically insane out there, the Croats are an enormous 25/1 to spring a shock and 19/2 for the draw – or perhaps you could put your money on Lord Lucan riding Shergar home in the next Grand National or Alan Shearer to win Live at Jongleurs.
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