Real Madrid briefly held the first place in Primera Division, as back-to-back defeats to Barcelona and Sevilla caused them to slip back into third place. They brilliantly rebounded over the weekend and scored an emphatic victory over Rayo Vallecano, but the true test comes tonight against Borussia Dortmund.
Bet: Real Madrid -1.5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.05
Last time the two teams met, Borussia Dortmund emerged victorious and the first leg victory propelled them to the all-German final against Bayern Munich. Much has changed since then and with some key players departing during the season break, Dortmund is a far cry from the team that scored four goals against Real Madrid. They are 23 points behind Bayern in Bundesliga and the only way of salvaging a mediocre season is by replicating last year’s performance in the Champions League.
Lewandowski and Aubameyang will pair upfront and the Spanish side has plenty of unpleasant memories that involve the only striker. It is only fair to assume that he will enjoy their undivided attention, which might provide his younger colleague with better opportunities to score. Real Madrid is a much better team under Ancelotti’s guidance and their defenses hold better under pressure. Ronaldo and Benzema are the obvious threats as they play in the offense, but Bale is just as dangerous and he scored twice this weekend
Real Madrid came painfully close to offset the lopsided first leg defeat last season, but this time they will start the second leg with a reassuring advantage. The odds for a straight win are too low to be tempting, but it is worth backing the hosts to cover the -1.5 goals spread at odds of 2.05 with Pinnacle Sports.