By manager Jose Mourinho’s own admittance, Real Madrid were second best in the controversial Old Trafford clash that saw them eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League but they should enjoy a more straightforward quarter final contest as they tackle Galatasaray.
The first leg is at the Bernabeu, where the hosts are just 1/5 via Paddy Power to get the better of the Turkish outfit, bet365′s 18/1 outsiders and although that Real quote doesn’t give much away, they’re nevertheless a safe bet to take a lead over to the Turk Telekom Arena.
Even the handicaps don’t provide much scope for huge profit, Stan James penalising Mourinho’s side by a goal at 8/15 and it would be a touch risky to expect a home victory by more than two given that Los Merengues have managed only one clean sheet in a dozen attempts in all competitions.
That statistic suggests both teams will find the net (evens, betway) in the Spanish capital, where BetVictor post a tasty 11/1 against a 3-1 Real Madrid triumph. Meanwhile, with 18 goals in 15 appearances for his club, including the winner at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo is hard to resist, even at just 9/4 (bwin) to break the deadlock.
The night’s other match also takes place is Spain as Malaga tackle Borussia Dortmund at Estadio La Rosaleda.
The Bundesliga outfit are 5/4 via Skybet to take a huge stride towards the semi-final by coming out on top and the hosts are 13/5 with bet365 but the home side demonstrated that they’re capable of digging in on their own patch and Stan James’ 5/2 for them to take a draw over to Germany is arguably the best bet.