Ibet: Real Madrid To Get The Job Finished In Dortmund

Gareth Purnell

Chelsea Matt Churchill Ibet: Real Madrid To Get The Job Finished In DortmundChampions League

Dortmund V Real Madrid, kick off 7.45pm, Sky Sports

Lay Dortmund at 3.4 with Betfair

Dortmund have top scorer Robert Lewandowski back for Real Madrid’s visit but you have to wonder whether the Germans are a little bit out-gunned here. It’s certainly true that Dortmund were highly impressive in reaching the final in 2012/2013, particularly at home. Remember that four-goal salvo from Lewandowski in a 4-1 semi final home victory against the Spaniards last April? But the impression is that they have gone backwards while Real Madrid, with the acquisition of Gareth Bale, have made a major step forward and are real contenders for the trophy. Dortmund needed to score in the first leg, but they failed to do so, losing 3-0. Madrid are quite strong favourites for this tie but the dynamics suggest that they are the value bet here. Dortmund have to go for it – their manager knows no other way anyway – and Madrid have just about the best counter-attacking unit in world football. Dortmund are not helped by a number of injuries too – they are still without the likes of Neven Subotic, Ilkay Gundogan, Sven Bender and Jakub Blaszczykowski and skipper Sebastian Kehl admitted to the team being ‘knackered’ after come-from-behind victories against Stuttgart and Wolfsberg in the last week – hardly ideal for the visit of one of the best teams on the planet! Cristiano Ronaldo was rested for the 4-0 La Liga victory at Sociedad on Saturday, but he’s expected to be back for this and at 6/5 I rate Madrid bet material, although I’ll play it safe and lay Dortmund at an acceptable 3.4 with Betfair. Ronaldo is 7/2 to open the scoring; with Bale 7/1. You can buy real Madrid goals at less than two on the spread markets. Real Madrid are 9/2 with Ladbrokes to be winning at half time and full time; and given the way they have been starting games this season that’s certainly a runner.


Chelsea have been handed a chink of light in their second leg against PSG with the injury to star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is out for a month. But after losing the first leg 3-1 they need one. Paris have won their last 11 games on the bounce and if Chelsea concede it’s going to be very difficult for the Londoners, who are themselves in something of a striker crisis. I was against Chelsea in the first leg, which Mourinho made a bit of a mess of. And given that they will be forced to attack I can certainly see the French scoring. I’m happy to lay Chelsea to qualify at the available price of 3.9 with Betfair.

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  • spencer

    I back real Madrid to win the Champions League title this season although Atletico Look pretty awesome

  • spencer

    As I predicted Real Madrid and Atletico both through to next stage

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