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When you get to the last eight of the Champions League, small margins can have a big impact on a match. Case in point, Bayern Munich’s first leg match against Real Madrid last week.
Bayern opened the scoring through an Arturo Vidal header and all was looking pretty at the Allianz Arena when they were awarded a penalty. However, Vidal fluffed the chance to secure his brace just before half time which had a galvanising effect on the visitors.
Real Madrid came out of the blocks flying after the break and it took Cristiano Ronaldo just two second half minutes to level things up. A score draw would have been fine for Real but the game really changed when Javi Martinez had three minutes of madness in which he picked up two yellow cards.
Sensing the opportunity against 10 men, Zinedine Zidane went for the kill and after a prolonged period of pressure, that man Ronaldo came up trumps once more to score a record 100th goal in European football.
The 2-1 win in Munich makes Real Madrid the firm favourites to make it through to the next round with the 3/10 that Boylesports are quoting the best price you’ll find on them in the To Qualify market. It’s clearly going to be a tough ask for Bayern Munich but with a former Real Madrid manager in charge and world class players throughout the squad, you cannot write their chances off.
Real Madrid 11/8 (Sky Bet)
Bayern Munich 15/8 (Paddy Power)
Draw 29/10 (Sky Bet)
Bayern Munich had three years to stew over their last meeting with Real Madrid. In 2014, Real humbled Bayern, beating them 4-0 at the Allianz Arena. The German side were desperate for revenge last Wednesday but ended up on the end of their fourth successive defeat at the hands of Los Blancos. It certainly seems as though the Spanish giants have the edge over Bayern and they’ve promptly been installed as the 11/8 favourites to win the second leg with Sky Bet.
However, that price shows that the bookies do not feel Tuesday’s match is a done deal. Real Madrid may have lost just one game at home all season (a Copa del Rey defeat against Celta Vigo) but this Bayern Munich side fear no one. In Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern have a manager who knows the majority of the Real Madrid squad having managed the club up until 2015 and the return of Robert Lewandowski from injury is a major boost.
It would be something of a surprise to see Real Madrid fail to qualify having grabbed two away goals but when you pit two world class teams together, any result is possible on the night. So, rather than trying to pick a winner of the match, the best bet looks to be both teams to score which is a best price of 4/9 with Paddy Power.
Draw 1-1 @ 9/1 (Paddy Power)
Real Madrid 2-1 @ 9/1 (Bet365)
Bayern Munich 2-1 @ 10/1 (William Hill)
Draw 2-2 @ 12/1 (Paddy Power)
Bayern Munich 1-0 @ 14/1 (Ladbrokes)
Real Madrid 1-0 @ 14/1 (Betfred)
If you’re getting involved in the Correct Score market you must ensure you pick an option in which both teams score. With so much attacking talent on the pitch, even defensive players of the quality of Real Madrid and Bayern’s will be in for a tough night.
Depending on which team you believe will come out on top, both Real Madrid 2-1 at 9/1 with Bet365 and Bayern Munich 2-1 at 10/1 with William Hill look like tempting options.
Cristiano Ronaldo 7/2 (William Hill)
Robert Lewandowski 4/1 (Sky Bet)
Karim Benzema 11/2 (William Hill)
Alvaro Morata 6/1 (Sky Bet)
Arjen Robben 6/1 (Bet365)
Gareth Bale 13/2 (Sky Bet)
Thomas Muller 13/2 (William Hill)
James Rodriguez 9/1 (William Hill)
Real Madrid may be one up in the tie but that does not make things easy for Zinedine Zidane. He’s got a tough task in terms of the mentality that he sends his team out with. On the one hand, Zidane will be keen to protect the lead that they deservedly earned in Germany but on the other, they cannot sit back and allow this Bayern Munich side to dictate the play.
Things are that little bit more straight forwards for Carlo Ancelotti. He knows that his team have to score two goals to have any chance of qualifying for the semi finals. The Italian also knows that he’s got the forward players to get the required goals especially now that Lewandowski is back. The Polish striker famously scored four goals in one game against Real Madrid and could roar back from injury with the game’s first goal at 4/1 with Sky Bet.
Both teams to score at 4/9 with Paddy Power
Robert Lewandowski to score first at 4/1 with Sky Bet