Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid have already met twice in the Champions League this season and it’s fair to say the Bundesliga outfit had the better of the two group stage collisions, registering a 2-1 success on home soil and holding Jose Mourinho’s men to a 2-2 draw in the Bernabeu.
However, Madrid are emphatic favourites at 4/9 with Betfred to come out on top over the pair’s next couple of meetings, secure an aggregate victory and book a place in the final at Wembley.
Dortmund are 15/8 at Coral to successfully negotiate the two-legged semi-final but if they are to do so, they are likely to have to pull off a home success in the first meeting and they can ill afford to be as wasteful as they were when edging out Malaga in the last eight.
Bookies are having a hard time separating the pair at the Westfalenstadion, William Hill rate the hosts at 9/5 to come out on top while BetVictor post 13/8 against Los Merengues returning to the Spanish capital with a first leg advantage and the contest could be as tight as those odds suggest.
Bet365′s draw quote of 5/2 is the best match bet then and as both teams tend to score in Real’s European encounters – a pattern that’s 4/7 (Ladbrokes) to continue here – a case can be made for a 1-1 scoreline at 7/1 courtesy of BetVictor or Boylesports’ enticing 7/2 for the clash to end in a score draw.
Many punters of course will be keen to back Cristiano Ronaldo to get on the scoresheet but at a top price of even money with bwin, the Portuguese star is a touch skinny and stalemate-related wagers possess more appeal.
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid to be a score draw – 7/2 (Boylesports)