The outcome of Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 second-leg clash at home to Schalke may be academic following Los Blancos’ 6-1 routing of the Gelsenkirchen side in Germany, but the banker bet at the Bernabeu has to be bwin’s generous 7/10 odds about the hosts scoring at least three.
Indeed, punters registering with bwin.com today must use the £30 free bet they receive on sign up to back Cristiano Ronaldo and co to vault this low bar, which would see successful shrewdies trouser £21 profit should they manage it.
Real Madrid have scored at least three goals in 11 of their 16 Champions League and La Liga home games this season.
All four of Los Blancos’ home matches since the start of February have seen the Bernabeu faithful treated to a minimum of three strikes and the La Liga leaders’ goal-threats aren’t just confined to the forward lines.
Attack-minded talents Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Jese, Isco and Karim Benzema have all notched at least once over Real’s last three games on their own patch, while defender Marcelo and holding-midfielder Asier Illarramendi also got in on the goalscoring act during those fixtures.
Even sporting director Horst Heldt has admitted that, after the 6-1 thumping by Los Blancos in Gelsenkirchen, Schalke’s focus is on the Bundesliga.
Jens Keller’s side are far from assured of retaining their place in this competition next year, as the teams placed between second and sixth in the German top flight are separated by just eight points with nine games of the campaign to go.
Heldt gave the game away regarding Die Knappen’s priorities when stating: ‘I hope that nobody will hurt themselves in Madrid and then miss the game against Braunschweig’.
With Schalke on a hiding to nothing in Spain, Keller looks likely to baptise promising youngsters such as Kaan Ayhan and Max Meyer in the fires of the Bernabeu, with first-teamers Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Julian Draxler expected to be used sparingly.
Ronaldo leads the Champions League scorer rankings by just one goal and will be out to put some breathing room between himself and PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Having watched Ibrahimovic fail to add to his tally of ten Champions League strikes this term against Bayer Leverkusen, the Portuguese phenomenon will be aware that this match presents an ideal opportunity to streak ahead in the race to become top scorer in the competition, for which he can currently be backed at 4/9.
Since returning from a three-game domestic suspension, Ronaldo has bagged five times in four games – including twice in the first-leg against Schalke – and looks a tidy wager at 4/5 to grab at least another brace in front of the Real faithful.