When the draw for the semi-finals of the Champions League, mouths waterered at the prospect of Barcelona facing Real Madrid in the final but after the La Liga pair suffered heavy, first-leg defeats to their Bundesliga opposition the chances of Wembley hosting a special edition of El Clasico are slim to say the least.
Jose Mourinho’s Real were taken apart by Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, who struck four times for the Germans at the Westfalenstadion and Los Merengues must now overturn a 4-1 deficit at the Bernabeu if they are to progress.
In truth though, it’s hard to see them turning things around despite the return of Cristiano Ronaldo who was sidelined for the Madrid derby at the weekend with a thigh injury.
The problem for the hosts is that in their desire to press forward to score goals they’re likely to leave holes at the back and the visitors have the quality to break effectively to cancel out Madrid’s away goal.
Combining that goal tally with a home success comes in at odds of 15/8 with bet365 and there are few better bets at the Bernabeu, where William Hill quote Mourinho’s troops at 12/1 to register a 3-1 triumph.