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Napoli v Real Madrid Betting Tips: 2 AH0, 2017-03-07

Champions League Tips

NAPOLI v REAL MADRID 

Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – Europe – Champions League Betting Tips

Napoli find themselves chasing down a two-goal deficit ahead of their Champions League second leg tie with Spanish club Real Madrid when they play host at their Stadio San Paolo following last week’s 3-1 defeat in Madrid.

Napoli now need to press forward much earlier than perhaps they would have liked in this encounter, but they do come into this match with a fair amount of confidence after registering a valuable 2-1 win away at Roma in Serie A on the weekend.

Looking in more detail at Napoli’s Champions League results, and the hosts have recorded some mixed results in recent times as they’ve beaten Benfica away from home, but have also suffered defeat to Besiktas at home along with taking just a point apiece against Besiktas (away) and Dynamo Kiev (at home).

Visitors Real Madrid appear to have one foot in the quarter0-finals stage already as they take a precious 3-1 lead over to Italy for this second leg, knowing they need just a draw or lose by just one goal to progress through to the next stage.

But if we’re to believe that Real Madrid will travel to Napoli looking to just avoid defeat then we would be kidding ourselves; it’s just simply not in their DNA, and with attacking players such as Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale and Morata, along with an impressive midfield consisting of Modric, Kroos and Kovacic, they’ll look to hit the Italians on the break.

Real Madrid are also unbeaten in their last 11 matches at this level, while suffering just one defeat from their last nine on their travels in the Champions League, which was a 2-0 defeat at German club Wolfsburg back in April of last year.

Pick: Real Madrid AH0 @ 1.78 Bet Victor

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Real Madrid v Las Palmas Betting Tips: 1 HT/FT, 2017-03-01

European Football Tips

REAL MADRID v LAS PALMAS

Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Kickoff: 2030hrs

Football – Spain – La Liga Betting Tips

Wednesday night brings us more action from the Spanish top flight and Real Madrid will be looking to preserve their slender lead at the top of La Liga this evening when they take on bottom half outfit Las Palmas at their Bernabeu Stadium.

Real Madrid hold a one point lead over title rivals Barcelona and although they tasted defeat in a recent shock 2-1 loss away at Valencia, they redeemed themselves last time out with a 3-2 win away at Villarreal.

Real Madrid now return to home turf where they possess an excellent  10-2-0  31/10 record in addition to racking up eight league wins on the trot. The mercurial talent of Cristiano Ronaldo (16 goals) along with support from Benzema (5 goals) and Bale (7 goals) should see the hosts off to a flyer.

Visitors Las Palmas would be forgiven for not relishing their trip to Madrid for this evening’s clash as they have lost five of their last six meetings with the Spanish giants, and Real Madrid now harbour real title ambitions this term as well.

To make matters worse, Las Palmas have lost their last four La Liga matches on the trot with defeats suffered against Granada, Sevilla, Malaga and Real Sociedad, and without any disrespect, the visit to Real Madrid will test them to their limits to even gain a point I daresay.

An away record of  1-2-8  11/24 should simply be not good enough to test Real Madrid in their own backyard, and I sense that tonight could see the hosts really unleash upon their opponents as they make a statement to Barcelona.

Pick: Real Madrid HT/FT @ 1.53 Coral

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Real Madrid v Napoli Betting Tips: 1, 2017-02-15

Champions League Tips

REAL MADRID v NAPOLI

Wednesday 15th February 2017 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – Europe – Champions League Betting Tips

In Wednesday night’s other match, the last 16 has thrown together Spanish giants Real Madrid with Italian club Napoli in what promises to be a mouth-watering match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu as Real Madrid look to gain an early advantage in this two-legged clash.

In a slightly surprising outcome, Group F was actually won by German club Borussia Dortmund who held a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the end of the group stage, but Real Madrid remained unbeaten throughout the group games by beating Sporting 2-1 and Legia Warsaw 5-1 along with a point against Borussia Dortmund in a 2-2 draw.

Real Madrid are now unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League matches at home, and therefore must be regarded as being very serious contenders to not only progress through the round of 16, but to also be among the eventual Champions League winners.

Italian outfit Napoli are obviously no push-overs though, and they ended up as Group B winners as they finished three points ahead of second placed Benfica, losing just one group match throughout the group stages.

However, Napoli’s overall form at this level hasn’t been exemplary by any means as they lost at home to Turkish club Besiktas and were held to a 1-1 draw away from home, and a previous Champions League campaign saw them lose 3-1 at Spanish club Athletic Bilbao back in 2014.

Curiously, they’ve never played Real Madrid before in any type of match, but I do think that if they do have a potential weakness, then this could be exploited away from home in this tie against one of the powerhouses of european football.

Pick: Real Madrid to win @ 1.57 Ladbrokes

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Real Madrid v Napoli Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals – 15 February 2017

Champions League Tips

Wednesday 15th February 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs Real v Madrid v Napoli Football – Europe – Champions League You would be forgiven for thinking that these two being paired together in the round of 16 would usually mean that Real had finished top of their group and Napoli as runners up – that’s not the case this time around. The 2015/16 winners could only manage second place behind Borussia Dortmund whilst Napoli came out on top over Benfica in their own section. It’s arguably the most fascinating fixture of the round as it pits the experience and prestige of Real against the potential and exuberance of Napoli.

Zinedine Zidane seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to management. After taking over halfway through last season when Real looked to be toiling he galvanized them and led them to their 11th European Cup last May – beating rivals Atletico in Milan on penalties. Proving that was anything but a fluke, the Frenchman has taken Los Blancos to the top of La Liga where they look set for their first league triumph since 2012. As well as domestic glory, Real will also be aiming to become the first team to successfully retain the Champions League and whilst finishing second in the group has provided them with a very tricky tie against a dangerous Napoli team, there appears to be a mentality and desire within this squad that could see them make further history in the competition.

Napoli have had to contend with a number of setbacks over the last year, especially the loss of Gonzalo Higuain to rivals Juventus and then seeing his replacement Arkadiusz Milik getting a season ending injury in the first few weeks of the campaign. Despite that, Maurizio Sarri’s men have went from strength to strength the longer the season has went on. Dries Mertens has had an outstanding season as the focal point in attack and he’s been ably supported by captain Marek Hamsik and wise players Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon – the latter of whom will be making a return to his former club on Wednesday. Currently second in Serie A, it remains unlikely that they will be able to topple Juventus at the top, however qualifying for the Champions League for next season is their immediate aim and if they could prolong their participation in this year’s running then it would be seen as a successful campaign all things considered.

Real Madrid v Napoli Betting Tip

There has been much talk in the build up to this game about Zidane’s choice of formation in recent league games, preferring to play three at the back and in a more conservative fashion. It looked forced and constrained in the first half against Osasuna on Saturday and led to a change in approach for the second half. I would expect them to be in their tried and trust 4-2-3-1 for this one but Zidane is certainly looking for an alternative way of playing dependent on the personnel he has available. Napoli are at their best when countering and do so at devastating pace with clinical execution. Mertens, particularly, is thriving at this point in time and you can be sure that he will drag Real’s centre halves into positions they do not want to be throughout the game.

I am really intrigued to see how these two games pan out and although Real are widely favoured to make the quarter finals, Napoli have more than enough about them to cause an upset. Both teams are much stronger going forward than in defence and although first legs can be notoriously cagey, I just can’t see that being the case. Nobody has scored more goals in Serie A this season than the team from Naples whilst Real have scored at least two goals in all but three of their 17 home games this season.

Over 2.5 goals 4/7 @ Sportingbet

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Real Madrid v Dortmund Betting Tips: 1, 2016-12-07

Champions League Tips

REAL MADRID V BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – Europe – Champions League Betting Tips

Matchday 6 continues in the Champions League on Wednesday night and my next pick features the top two clubs in Group F as they fight it out between themselves as to who gets the most favourable draw in the knock-out phase.

Second placed Real Madrid find themselves in the unusual position of having to play ‘catch-up’ with group leaders Borussia Dortmund, but a win tonight for the Spanish club over their German visitors would see them pip Dortmund to the post in the group standings.

With both teams unbeaten so far, Real Madrid seem to have the advantage here as they return to their Estadio Santiago Bernabéu for this Group F decider particularly when you consider they’ve won their last nine Champions League matches at home on the trot!

Borussia Dortmund know they only need a draw here to progress to the next round with a favourable tie, but they’re expected to come under severe pressure from the hosts Real Madrid as the home side look to overhaul them at the top of Group F.

Dortmund secured all three points on the weekend with a resounding 4-1 home win over Borussia Moenchengladbach but they’ll be facing far superior opposition this evening and in Madrid with the memory of their last visit probably still in the backs of their minds.

Dortmund lost that last encounter 3-0 to Real Madrid a couple of seasons ago, and despite having accounted for Legia Warsaw and Sporting on their travels so far in this year’s Champions League, they’ll have their work cut out for them this evening if they’re to leave the Bernabeu with anything.

Pick: Real Madrid to win @ 1.91 Paddy Power

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Sporting v Real Madrid Betting Tips: 2, 2016-11-22

Champions League Tips

SPORTING v REAL MADRID

Tuesday 22nd November 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – Europe – Champions League Betting Tips

Group F up next in the Champions League as I take a look at hosts Sporting’s chances against Real Madrid when the two teams clash at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon as the hosts seek a second win in this tough group.

Sporting currently lie in third spot after having registered just one win from their first four group matches which was a 2-0 home win over Polish side Legia Warsaw but even though they hold home advantage here this evening, it looks like they’ll have their work cut out against the Spanish giants.

With just four wins overall from their last eighteen appearances in the Champions League, Sporting  are placed as the under-dogs here, and I just can’t see them overhauling Real Madrid even in their own backyard.

Onto Real Madrid, and they sit in second place in Group F and just two points behind group leaders Borussia Dortmund as the Spanish outfit travel to Portugal looking to maintain their unbeaten start to this group phase.

Real Madrid have registered home wins over Sporting 2-1 and a crushing 5-1 victory over hapless Legia Warsaw as they’ve really made home advantage count, while a point against Borussia Dortmund away from home was a satisfactory result.

However, a 3-3 draw at Legia Warsaw would have felt like two points dropped for tonight’s visitors so I daresay they’ll be fully focused on taking all three points here in order to keep the pressure upon the German side.

Pick: Real Madrid to win @ 1.62 bet365

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Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Betting Tip 1 – 27 September

Champions League Tips

Tuesday 27th September 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid

Football – Europe – Champions League

It is match day two in this season’s Champions League and the match of the round is undoubtedly in Germany as current champions Real Madrid travel to inform Dortmund. These two are no strangers to each other having faced off plenty of times in recent history but it still remains a game any football fan should be looking forward to as both clubs aim to make it two wins out of two following victories in their opening games of the competition a fortnight ago.

Dortmund produced one of the performances of the round last time out when knocking six past a hapless Legia Warsaw outfit away from home. It was a clinical display from the Germans who have started the season on fire as they return to this level following a year’s absence. Now in the care of Thomas Tuchel who is in his second season in charge, Dortmund qualified for the Champions League by virtue of finishing runners-up to Bayern Munich last term. There is increased expectation that they can go one better than that this time around and although they have already lost one of their opening five league games, the impression they have made in their other games has been such that the rest of the Bundesliga and Europe appreciate just how much of a threat they will be this season. Tuesday represents a good test for them in that they not only face the current champions of Europe but much stronger opposition than they have faced either domestically or in this competition, and whilst they have been brushing aside other teams, Real will, of course, be much sterner.

When you win a Champions League having been in charge for less than six months, it is hard to see how it could get much better or where the improvement could come from, but that’s exactly the challenge that Zinedine Zidane faces with this Real Madrid team. Last May’s victory on penalties over Atletico Madrid gave the club their second Champions League in three seasons and this season sees their bid to become the first team ever to win it in consecutive seasons. Their defence got off to a shaky start against Sporting Lisbon two weeks ago as they conceded early in the second half and looked for a while as though they would lose their first home group game since 2009. That was until Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular free kick against his former club, quickly followed by Alvaro Morata’s injury time winner. It was another sign of the desire that Zidane has instilled into this team and that was every bit as important as their ability last season – perhaps more so. Despite becoming European Champions again, there’s no doubt that it was not a vintage campaign from Real and they rode their luck at times, not least in the final itself. However, the record books show that they came out on top and I’m sure the manager and all concerned would bite your hand off for a repeat.

As has become customary in Dortmund these days, the summer witnessed yet more star players exit for pastures new. Mats Hummels left to join rivals Bayern whilst Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to the English Premier League with Manchester City and Manchester United, respectively. The club sought to invest those transfer fees by bringing in a mixture of experience and youth with Andre Schurrle and Sebastian Rode are well versed at this level but the additions of Ousame Dembele and Emre Mor are further investment in the future. The most notable signing, however, was the return of Mario Gotze from Bayern. Gotze made the original switch back in 2013 following an incredibly successful spell under Jurgen Klopp but failed to settle in Munich and he could well be one of those players who suits a certain type of club. Tuchel will certainly be hoping that’s the case as his contribution to Dortmund’s two title wins and reaching the Champions League final was massive.

Real have stuttered in La Liga of late having drawn their last two games against Villareal and Las Palmas. Those dropped points followed four consecutive wins in the league and although they remain top of the table at this point, Zidane will be slightly concerned at this team’s lack of a killer edge when on top in games. The match against Sporting was further evidence that Real are not quite at the top of their game at this moment and will have to improve if they are to be successful either in this competition or domestically. Their cause has not been helped with the squad being hit by a spate of injuries at the beginning of the campaign but now that the likes of Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are returning to fitness, the hope is they are able to return to winning ways.

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Betting Tips

I noted that these two teams have some recent history together and that includes an epic semi final back in 2012/13. Dortmund ran out 4-3 winners on aggregate on that occasion before losing out to Bayern at Wembley. Those ties were part of meetings in three consecutive seasons between the clubs, having been drawn against each other at the group stage either side of that. Due to Dortmund not participating last season, it means they will have played against each other in the Champions League every time for the last four campaigns. Interestingly enough, within that time, no team has ever won away from home against the other and I think that’s a trend likely to continue on Tuesday.

Dortmund have been irresistible in attack so far this season, scoring 20 goals in their last four games alone. Madrid are still to really get going despite a couple of good results and we know there remains a fragility about their defence, particularly with the protector Casemiro ruled out with injury. Their record in Germany against Dortmund is very poor as well, conceding eight goals in three visits and managing just the two goals. Both clubs are widely expected to progress to the knockout stages but the value of finishing top should not be underestimated, and as Dortmund are at home this week, their need is just that bit greater, combined with being in better form at present.

Borussia Dortmund 6/4 @ Betfred

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Real Madrid v Villarreal Betting Tips: 1 HT/FT, 2016-09-21

European Football Tips

REAL MADRID v VILLARREAL

Wednesday 21st September 2016 – Kickoff: 2000hrs

Football – Spain  – La Liga Betting Tips

Real Madrid sit proudly on top of the Spanish La Liga having registered four straight wins to mark their new campaign with real intent, and they’ll be looking to make it a fifth win on the trot at their Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday night when they take on Villarreal.

Real Madrid know they must keep winning and making the most of their home games with arch-rivals Barcelona just three points behind them in the Spanish top flight, but having won their first four matches of the season in dominant fashion, tonight’s hosts will be confident of further success here.

Overall, Real Madrid have won their last seven home matches on the bounce, scoring a total of 28 goals for and conceding just 6 in reply as the goals have positively flowed on home soil, and tonight may well be no exception as they’ll look to dominate early on.

Visitors Villarreal head into Wednesday nights encounter in Madrid on the back of two straight wins as they’ve recently accounted for Malaga and Real Sociedad and they are also unbeaten in these early stages of the new Spanish domestic season.

Villarreal’s form away from home though has been a little patchy in recent times as they’ve registered wins at Valencia and Malaga but have also suffered losses at Real Madrid (3-0 last season) and Sporting Gijon towards the end of their last campaign.

They have also lost two of their last three at the Bernebeu and this match-up will be their toughest test yet in this new Spanish top flight season.

Pick: Real Madrid HT/FT @ 1.75 Coral

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Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips: Draw, 2016-05-16

Champions League Tips

REAL MADRID v ATLETICO MADRID

Saturday 28th May 2016 – Kickoff: 2045hrs

Football – Europe – Champions League Betting Tips

It’s an all-Spanish affair for this grand final of the best european football clubs with Real Madrid taking on Atletico Madrid in Milan in this Champions League winner-takes-all encounter.

Let’s take a look at both teams’ progress from the knockout stages, starting with Real Madrid; in the last 16 Real Madrid accounted for Italian outfit Roma by an aggregate scoreline of 4-0 as they secured 2-0 wins both home and away.

They then received a bit of a shock to the system in the quarter-finals as they found themselves 2-0 down after the first leg in Germany against Wolfsburg, but recovered in the second leg and ran out 3-0 winners on the night, and 3-2 on aggregate to progress to the semi’s.

It was a tight affair against Manchester City, but Real Madrid achieved their goal of avoiding defeat in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium, then secured a narrow 1-0 win in the second leg to make it through to the final.

Atletico Madrid’s path to the Champions League final was a little more complex and nerve-wracking as they had to go to penalties against Dutch side PSV in the round of 16, and many thought they would fall at the next hurdle as they faced Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

Indeed, Atletico found themselves 2-1 down after the first leg but they then secured a memorable 2-0 victory in the second leg to overcome the current champions 3-2 on aggregate to make it through to the semi-finals to face the German champions Bayern Munich.

Atletico sealed a narrow 1-0 win in the first leg and it was this clean sheet at their Estadio Vicente Calderón which proved to be pivotal as they denied Bayern a vital away goal, and in the second leg they clung on despite losing 2-1 on the night in Germany, to go through to the final on the away goals rule.

Looking at the head-to-head results between these two sides, there have been three stalemates in the last seven encounters, with five results being under 2.5 goals. You can either go the unders then here, but I will take the draw after 90 minutes as I can see this one going all the way, perhaps even to penalties.

Pick: Draw (after 90 mins) @ 3.20 Bwin

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Real Madrid v Manchester City Betting Preview, 2016-05-04

Champions League Tips

Wednesday 4th May 2016 Kickoff 1945hrs
Real Madrid v Manchester City
Football – Champions League – Europe

When Real Madrid were paired with Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Champions League, two entertaining games, full of goals and excitement were expected. That made the match in Manchester all the more surprising as both sides approached the first leg with plenty of caution and appeared happy with the goalless draw. It would be virtually impossible for Wednesday’s game to be as uneventful but with so much pressure contained within this match, anything is possible.

The big team news surrounding Real Madrid last week was the late withdrawal (or non-selection, rather) of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward is practically an ever-present when fit, and is often selected even when he’s not quite 100%, so we know the knock that kept him out was serious enough. His absence would have undoubtedly had an impact on the way in which Zinedine Zidane set his team up to play as he is so pivotal to how Real attack. With three hat-tricks already in this year’s competition – and 16 goals in total – not having him available led to Real being much more conservative in attack from the outset. Zidane’s attacking options were reduced even further with Karim Benzema having to depart at half-time and unlike Ronaldo, the Frenchman will not be fit enough to take his place at the Bernabeu. It goes without saying that all connected with the club would prefer to have Ronaldo playing if they had the choice but Benzema’s influence as the central striker should not be underestimated – he’s the only player in the Real Madrid squad who plays that position effectively.

There was more than a hint of nerves in Manchester City’s performance last week which is unsurprising considering that it’s the first time they have ever competed at this stage. Manuel Pellegrini’s men started well enough and had the majority of possession in the first-half but they lost their way somewhat when David Silva was taken off injured late on in the first 45. Silva’s ability to link the play and retain the ball high up the field is essential to how City play and with him going off it left more space for Real’s deep-lying midfield to control the game better. It’s not certain the condition of Silva but it seems he’s more likely to miss out than play any part and that would be a severe dent to City’s hopes of reaching the final. Yaya Toure, who never played last week, has travelled to Madrid and could make a surprise return. His experience would be invaluable but he’s becoming rather erratic overall, and it could be something of a gamble if he was to start a game where the pace if likely to be much more frantic than eight days ago.

For all the plaudits that Real Madrid’s attackers get, it should be noted how good they have been defensively at home in the Champions League. No visiting team has scored in the 2015/16 competition, with a record reading five wins, 16 goals scored and none conceded. It’s that sort of record which will have given Zidane the confidence to be more defensive in their approach last week, knowing that they are capable of shutting out a Sergio Aguero-led attack in the return. It’s important not to get carried away, however, as Real have faced some poor opponents in their run to the semi-final. PSG are the strongest team they have faced to date but there appears to be a doubt over their credentials after a poor quarter-final tie against City. Other than that, Wolfsburg, Shakthar Donetsk, Malmo and Roma have all been kept to nil, but anybody who would have watched the game against the Italians would tell you the chances the visitors passed up that evening. I do not doubt that Zidane has had a positive impact on Real’s defence, and the influence of Casemiro is also a positive, but they can most certainly be got at.

City created virtually nothing last week but because they kept a clean sheet they know that should they score on Wednesday it will give them an excellent chance of reaching their first ever Champions League/European Cup final. Scoring goals on the road in this competition has not been an issue for them, either, managing 10 in their five games to date. Only last year’s finalists Juventus have managed to keep them at bay on their travels and that should give them plenty of hope going into this one. One major concern for Pellegrini is that they are also liable to concede away from home, and have not managed to keep a clean sheet since winning in Rome in December 2014. That’s the balancing act that the manager has to get right if they are to be victorious – being able to offer a real threat going forward, but also giving their defence the protection it needs.

Real Madrid v Manchester City Betting Tip

It was hard not to be disappointed with the first-leg so let’s hope that the return is much more what we had all originally anticipated. With Ronaldo back in the fold I expect Real to be much more of a threat. There were signs in the second-half that they were beginning to get on top of City and only a couple of saves from Joe Hart prevented them taking a precious lead home with them. How important those missed chances will be in the context of this tie remains to be seen but it proves that even with a decimated attack, Real have more than enough quality to create chances against this City team. The visitors would have been much better equipped if Silva was fit to start this game as his ability on the ball in the final third is so important, and he has an understanding with Aguero that has proven so deadly down the years.

It’s a return to the Bernabeu for Manuel Pellegrini who managed Real for one season back in 2008/09. As much as I would like to see it be a fairytale one for the likeable Chilean, I don’t think his team have quite enough to get them through. They lacked much-needed experience last week and that could ultimately be their downfall. Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League and he has scored in seven of Real’s 10 wins in this year’s competition. The former Manchester United player would love nothing more than to score against City and book another appearance in the final against Atletico – it may not be the most original selection but Ronaldo to score and Real to win is the bet.

Ronaldo to score/Real win 11/10 @ Ladbrokes

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