Borussia Dortmund could be without as many as six of the players who featured against Real Madrid in the Champions League last term, a prospect that should have Los Blancos’ strikers salivating.
It’s hardly ideal for Die Schwarzgelben boss Jurgen Klopp, who faces the task of trying to steer the most generous defence left in the Champions League past it’s leading scorers.
Los Merengues are as short as 9/25 for victory at Santiago Bernabeu, with visitors shorn of Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan, Neven Subotic, Marcel Schmelzer, Jakub Błaszczykowski and Sven Bender as long as 7/1 to triumph and the draw 17/4.
However, given Real have hit at least three goals in their last six home games, the 87/100 about the hosts making mincemeat of a -1 handicap looks too good to ignore.
Staking the £30 free bet handed to new bwin.com customers upon sign up would yield a healthy £26.10 profit should Cristiano Ronaldo and friends land the odds.
Ronaldo can break Lionel Messi’s record for goals in a Champions League campaign with two strikes tonight, so the man from Madeira may well fancy doing the business for 87/100 punters on ‘is tod.
Giving rivals a goal head start has been no barrier to success in three of Madrid’s four ties in this year’s Champions League, nor was it when Dortmund visited the Bernabeu in last season’s semi final.
Against a side that have the most porous rearguard remaining in the competition Real look good value to extend that handicap hurdling record.
The goal threat possessed by BVB would give punters rightful cause to doubt the wisdom of our suggested wager were it not for the fact that they are without Lewandowski through suspension.
Eight of the visitors’ 15 Champions League strikes this term were either scored or assisted by the totemic Pole.
A tumultuous Clasico aside, Real’s defensive record at home would give their -1 backers cause for confidence even if Lewandowski was in the team, with eight of 11 visitors since the turn of the year going home empty-handed.