A home game against Schalke will prove the perfect stabilising solution to Real Madrid’s La Liga wobble as Los Blancos look to cement a spot in the Champions League quarter finals.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo brought about a 2-0 victory for the Spaniards when the pair met in the first leg of their last-16 tie and the woeful record of their German counterparts suggests this advantage will only be augmented at the Bernabeu.
Should the reigning kings of Europe snare the spoils here, as odds of 11/50 say they almost certainly will, they’ll break the record for the most consecutive wins in the competition, a figure currently standing at 19.
An enormous double-chance price of 16/5 says Schalke will avoid defeat in the Santiago Bernabeu, but Real’s imperiousness against adversaries of this nationality makes a punt on a heavy home win the only way to go here.
The fact Roberto Di Matteo’s men are only 1/2 to prevail with a three-goal head start tells all about their dim prospects of success here, which is why the 7/5 about the hosts surmounting a two-goal handicap to win represents excellent value.
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Read on to discover the reasons why it’s sure to land, as well as golden betting doubloon to see you through Porto v Basel:
Real Madrid (-2) to beat Schalke @ 7/5
The sides locked horns in Gelsenkirchen three weeks ago for only the third time in their history, with the two previous tear ups coming in the 2013/14 competition, which Real eventually won.
Each encounter ended with Carlo Ancelotti’s troops in the ascendency, racking up an aggregate score of 11-2 over the three matches.
Two defeats against Atletico Madrid (4-0 and 3-0) means Schalke have lost on each of their three trips to the Spanish capital, scoring just one goal in total.
Domestically, the Bundesliga-based outfit have suffered defeat in the previous pair of away games leading up to this one without hassling the scoreboard operator.
Real’s 1-1 draw with Villarreal last time out was the first instance in nine in which they didn’t register multiple goals on the homestead, with the visitors failing to notch in five of the games in this timeframe.
Porto v Basel – Basel to get first red card @ 31/10
The Swiss side didn’t win any of their group-stage road games and tend to struggle on the Iberian Peninsula.
After drawing the first leg of their last-16 tie 1-1, Paulo Sousa’s men will require at least one goal to avoid elimination, but having demonstrated commendable resilience in earning a draw to knock Liverpool out earlier in the competition, it’s worth overlooking the microscopic 11/50 about Porto progressing here.
With the match-betting conundrum difficult to decipher, it’s worth banking on a member of the visiting party being dismissed.
There have been three produced in four of Die RotBlau’s last quartet of Champions League road trips.
Two of these were brandished in the face of Basel players, which contrasts to Porto’s clean-cut effort of just two red cards across three campaigns in the competition.