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Ibet: Sit Back And Enjoy As Real Madrid Take On The European Champions

Gareth Purnell

jorge luis Perez Ibet: Sit Back And Enjoy As Real Madrid Take On The European ChampionsChampions League: Real Madrid V Bayern Munich, kick off 7.45pm, Sky Sport 1

Back over 2.5 goals at 4/6

Back both teams to score and Real Madrid to win at 10/3

It all points to goals in the Champions League semi-final clash between real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but of course the bookies are well aware of this and to get odds-against, you are going to have to bet that there are at least four. EasyOdds.com highlight a best price of 4/6 that there will be over 2.5 goals and 7/4 (with Paddy Power) on over 3.5. There is certainly an argument to be made that this could happen. Real Madrid have been very powerful at home this season, scoring 31 goals in their last nine matches at the Bernabeu and at least three times in each of those. It has to be said that they don’t of course meet teams of the quality of Bayern Munich every week, but the Germans are a very attacking team themselves and indeed both teams have scored the last four times these two have met (both teams to score is best priced 4/7 with Ladbrokes). The teams have shown no signs of changing their game plans in the Champions League this season.

Real Madrid are the top scorers in this year’s competition with 32 goals, while Bayern are the third highest with 24 – making a grand total of 56 goals between them. Real have scored 3.2 goals per game in their last 17 Champions League home games. Bayern have scored in their last 15 fixtures in the competition home and away, the longest run of any team. The match odds in this game are very tight and put Real Madrid at 7/5 with Bayern Munich 2/1 and the draw 13/5.

It’s interesting to note that Bayern have come off the boil a little bit since winning the Bundesliga, losing to Ausberg and Dortmund, drawing with Hoffenheim and making hard work of knocking out a poor Manchester United side. Add that to the statistics that Bayern have lost their last five Champions League games at the Bernabeu; that Real have won 15 of their last 17 home matches; and that home advantage has been crucial in this fixture of late with the home side winning on eight of the last nine occasions and it points to a bet on the home side. Add to that the fact that a rested Cristiano Ronaldo will be back for this, probably alongside an in-form Gareth Bale, and I make the home side bet material.

If you double up Real Madrid to win and both teams to score you can get 10/3, which is just bigger than 3/1. Ronaldo is 7/2 to score the first goal, with Madrid’s Benzema 6/1 and Gareth Bale 13/2. If you fancy the Germans to score first, Mario Mandzukic is 6/1, Thomas Muller 7/1 and Arjen Robben 8/1. Kick back and enjoy this one!

Advices

Next manager markets are subject to rapid price fluctuations, but at the time of writing Holland manager Luis Van Gaal, who is leaving his post after the World Cup, is a firm favourite to be the next Manchester United manager at a general 6/4. Jurgen Klopp was vying for favouritism but has seemingly distanced himself from the post – he signed a lengthy extension to his contract late last year and is now out to 10/1. If you are looking for an outsider, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone could be interesting at 20/1 with Bet Victor. Ryan Giggs is also high in the betting at a best price of 10/1 (Stan James).


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