After some workday fare in yesterday’s Champions League clash across the Spanish capital, the titanic tussle between old enemies Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munchen should restore some of the competition’s lustre.
Los Blancos are 29/20 favourites for victory in front of the Santiago Bernabeu faithful, with their Bavarian foes a mite lengthier at 8/5 and the draw the outsider of the bunch at 13/5.
For those having trouble calling where the advantage will lie when the dust has settled on their semi final first-leg clash, here are our trio of selected entertainment-anticipating alternatives:
Both teams to score @ 12/25
Real are the Champions League’s leading open-play scorers, seven goals clear of FCB on 29 strikes, making it difficult to see either defence withstanding the opposition for the duration.
A brace of 2-1’s transpired when the blue-blood brethren met at the same stage of the 2011/12 tournament.
Real Madrid to win the first half @ 37/20
Josep Guardiola’s reigning champions of Europe haven’t scored a first-half goal in continental battle since the group stage.
That could give fast-starting hosts who have been two goals to the good in both their preceding Champions League first-legs this term the edge in the race for the half-time laurels.
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Over 3.5 match goals @ 7/5
Real have bagged at least three goals in all bar one of their home games en route to this stage of the competition and will be conscious of the need to build a lead they can hang their hats on ahead of the return leg in Germany.
Meanwhile, FC Bayern haven’t drawn a blank in 15 Champions League games and their 2013/14 visit to Manchester City, in which the Citizens came out to attack, saw FCB score three times.