Most of the headlines ahead of Real Madrid’s second leg revolve around Cristiano Ronaldo, but rather than a debate about whether he or not he will break the record for the most Champions League goals in a season against Borussia Dortmund, the issue is more to do with whether he will play.
Ronaldo lasted just 15 minutes in a training session ahead of this quarter final second leg and the consensus is that he will start the game from the bench.
With Real Madrid 3-0 from the opening leg, there must be a temptation to give Ronaldo the game off, especially considering the three-point gap the club will be hoping to make up on Barcelona across the final six fixtures of the La Liga season.
However, Real will only have to look back 12 months to realise this game can’t be played in second gear, when Robert Lewandowski ploughed a lone forage up top for Dortmund in scoring four goals.
Lewandowski returns here after missing the opening tie through suspension and is 22/1 to score a hat-trick or more again.
But with Dortmund still heavily depleted in central midfield, it is hard to make too much of a case for their prospects of victory at 7/4.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are 13/10 to triumph and previous results from this season suggest that leaving Ronaldo out will not prove too much of a hindrance.
They have won all six matches without their talismanic forward and what’s more, they have scored at least three times in all of these successes.
It is 5/2 that Real Madrid score three or more against Dortmund again.
Another interesting betting proposition is the 17/2 that Alvaro Morata completes the scoring at Signal-Iduna Park.
Morata has scored in six Real fixtures this season, with five proving the last of these respective games.
The other was the first of two to arrive in stoppage time at Levante back in October.