The Champions League is back underway and Wednesday night will witness the most anticipated tie of the round, when Manchester United travel to Real Madrid. The match will have a global interest and will be one of the biggest betting events of 2013 so far. We look at some of the major markets in our betting review.
Match: Real Madrid v Manchester United
Competition: The Champions League
Kick Off: 19:45 13/02/2013 (GMT)
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Real Madrid are second favourites in the outright market for the Champions League, and their home form remains exceptionally good, despite some poor domestic results away which mean pressure is building on Jose Mourinho. Nine wins and two draws from eleven home fixtures illustrate the scale of the task facing visiting sides. They are also rattling in goals, netting four in each of their last three in front of their own fans.
Manchester United have not lost domestically since the middle of November, fourteen Premier League games ago. The defensive frailties which led to many high scoring games during December, seem to have been resolved, with the Reds having conceded a total of three goals in their last seven League games. They have won nine from thirteen on the road, but this trip is as tough as they come.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be the centre of attention during both legs of this tie – just how he likes it. He can be backed at 5.5 with Ladbrokes to score 3 or more over the two legs, or 3.0 to be shut out entirely. For this first leg he is odds-on to score anytime (a best price 1.91 with Coral). Benzema (2.86) and Higuain (3.41 – both Betfair) are next in the market.
Goals, however, tend to arrive less often than normal during this stage of Europe’s elite competition and Under 2.5 can be backed at 2.38 with Pinnacle, or a 0-0 draw is 17.0 generally. If the game does open in a cagey way, the Half time/Full time prices might provide opportunities. Draw/Real Madrid is a best price 5.09 with Betfair, or Draw/Manchester United is 13.8, again on the exchanges.
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