If there’s ever a mundane moment at Real Madrid, then this is it.
Los Galacticos’ La Liga duties involve them plodding along gamely in pursuit of Barcelona, but with their title all but gone, priorities now lie elsewhere.
They have the Copa del Rey final with Atletico Madrid to come at the end of May but their immediate intentions lie in the Champions League, with the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Galatasaray to come at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Before that, it’s the matter of tackling a trip to Real Zaragoza in a tie which has much more significance for the hosts.
A year ago, Zaragoza were as good as down at the end of January, but an astonishing run of ten wins between then and the end of the season kept them up by the skin of their teeth.
This season they’ve got it all mixed up, and after a decent first half of the campaign, Los Blanquillos haven’t won in 11 and are veering ominously towards the drop zone.
At present they lie fourth bottom, just two points ahead of Mallorca, and hosting Madrid doesn’t present much of an opportunity to put a halt to their worrying winless sequence.
Jose Mourinho’s focus this week will be on the visit of Galatasaray, but that still shouldn’t stop them picking up another three points against a side who are woefully out of sorts.
The reigning champions have won eight of their last nine in all competitions – including six on the bounce in the league – and even if they rest a few ahead of Wednesday, they’ve still got more than enough class to get past Manolo Jimenez’s strugglers.
bwin’s 3Way football betting market is siding heavily towards Los Blancos and even with half an eye on Europe, I also reckon they’ll pull off another handsome victory.
Madrid are strong 9/25 favourites for the win, with Zaragoza a massive 7/1 and the draw 15/4, and there’s only one path I’ll be leading you down today, folks.
After all, Zaragoza have only scored four goals in their last 11 outings and compound that by shipping in plenty.
Madrid have a decent record at La Romareda and have also won six of the last seven against this opposition, scoring 26 goals in the process.
Given the dearth of form and statistics against Zaragoza, the odds aren’t as bad as expected and if you have a rummage about, there’s some money-making opportunities from backing a convincing Madrid win.
For a start, they’re 19/20 to be winning at half-time and full-time and you can more than double your money at 21/10 that Madrid win both halves.
Los Blancos to score either side of the interval is a no-brainer at 21/20 and that will certainly be one punt on my weekend accumulator.
Madrid’s last six games have all been wins with over 2.5 goals in the game and that occurrence again is available at 19/20 but given the flimsiness of Zaragoza’s rearguard, I think the visitors will make hay, so Real with over 3.5 at 11/5 is the better option.
Zaragoza are also the sort of opposition Cristiano Ronaldo loves facing and the perma-tanned Portuguese poser is 9/5 to score the first goal of the game and 17/10 to net two or more.
All in all though, this will only go one way and I reckon trebling your money on Madrid to win both halves is a safe dabble at 21/10.
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