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Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Real Madrid v APOEL Champions League betting should at least produce some goals, if not too much of a contest. Real Madrid won the first leg in Cyprus 3-0, but it was again, a wonderfully spirited effort from the Cypriot underdogs. However, back at the Bernabeu, you would expect that Real Madrid are going to be good for a few goals in this second leg, and therefore, online bookmaker Coral’s First Goalscorer bonus is going to be worth taking a look at, because you can get yourself an extra 20% bonus on top of your win in the market. That’s right, back a correct First Goalscorer bet, and if your winning selection gets that first goal of the game inside the first twenty minutes of the game, then you will receive an extra 20% on top of your winnings courtesy of Coral. That is a great boost of a little extra bonus for you to take on top of your winnings should you take your First Goalscorer betting at Coral.

In the popular market, which always offers a great deal of value, there is little surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite at 2/1, with Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzima just behind at 3/1. Clearly it should be a bit of field day for the Real Madrid strikers and there is a good chance of one of these breaking the deadlock. So it will be worth taking your Real Madrid v APOEL betting options on the First Goalscorer market at Coral for that extra 20% bonus is the opening goal comes in the first 20 minutes. Online bookmaker Coral offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50, a great way to get started with the popular bookie.

Real Madrid v APOEL Champions League Betting
Real Madrid to win: 1/10 at Bet Victor
Draw: 6/1 BetFair
APOEL to win: 33/1 at Bet365 

Real Madrid have ran up a very impressive eight wins from nine Champions League matches this season, they only blot on their copybook coming in a 1-1 draw away at CSKA Moscow. But they finished the job comfortably back in Spain, and now Madrid have bagged 27 goals so far this campaign and have only conceded four along the way. Pretty impressive stuff, and they scored thirteen goals at home alone in their home group stage matches, conceding just two. Madrid go as strong outright favourites anyway, but here are some more stats to back them. Real Madrid have won 26 out of 27 European ties after winning the first leg away from home, and coach Jose Mourinho has never lost a Champions League quarter finals. So the La Liga leaders are in line for a big assault on the Champions League title, after securing the easiest quarter final draw they could get. As they move ahead, they will face the winner of Bayern Munich v Marseille (with the Germans holding a 2-0 first leg lead).

 

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So the fairy tale of APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League looks as if it is about to come down to its last ninety minutes. What a ride it has been, winning their group stage against all the odds, and then defeating Champions League stalwarts Lyon in the round of sixteen. APOEL did lose their away leg in France in the last round, but turned things around back in Cyprus, eventually progressing through to meet Real Madrid in a penalty shoot-out. You can look at the stats for APOEL in Europe, particularly away from home, where they have lost only two in seven, conceding only four goals, and you can look at their three draws in the group stage which were great but all the positives they have achieved can really get thrown out of the window for having to face Real Madrid in Spain. APOEL held out for a long time in the first leg, but they have never won a fixture in Spain, scoring just once in five visits. A big night out for them, but it is only going to end up one way.


April 3rd, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Morais, Manduca, Athos Solomou und Ailton

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APOEL v Real Madrid Betting Odds at SkyBet
Madrid 1/4, Draw 9/2, APOEL 11/1

Real Madrid, so strong this season under Jose Mourinho, got the luck of the Champions League quarter final draw, by drawing surprise package APOEL. The minnows made history for themselves, becoming the first Cypriot side to make not only the knock-out stage of the Champions League, but went one step better when they defeated Lyon in the round of last sixteen. This set them up with the dream tie against Europe’s best, and now they will have to set their stall out to not let this adventure turn into a bit of an embarrassment. APOEL are actually on a run of seven wins and three draws at home in their last eleven European matches now. It took a penalty shoot out to get past Lyon, but that was after a 1-0 home win over the French side. So the Cypriots do have a solid home record.

But trying to handle a formidable Real Madrid side is going to be a totally different prospect altogether. Madrid have won seven of their eight Champions League matches this season, and they have netted 24 times in those games and have conceded just four. So little doubt about where all the overwhelming supremacy lies in this match. While Madrid are favourites anyway, APOEL have never beaten Spanish opposition. Even if APOEL pull off a shock and hang on to something of a draw, which would be a immense triumph on its own, there is little chance that they are going to progress through to the semi finals and keep the fairy tale going. It is not going to happen and Madrid should prove to be in a totally different class here, and therefore APOEL v Real Madrid betting should at least produce a few goals for the away side.


March 26th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Morais, Manduca, Athos Solomou und Ailton

Lyon v APOEL Champions League betting is a match of definite interest. Notably because of the fairy tale Champions League campaign that Cypriot side APOEL are enjoying. While Champions League stalwarts Lyon were struggling to qualify for the knockout stage, APOEL were causing waves of excitement as they held on to win Group G. They are the least experienced side left in the competition this year, becoming the first side from Cyprus to make it through to the knockout stage of the competition. Now the big question is whether or not they can continue their journey a little further. They will probably be confident, and they seemed pretty happy with the draw when they were paired up alongside Lyon. Let’s not forget that APOEL went into the draw as one of the seeded group winners and so they get to start away from home. APOEL picked up wins over the fancied Zenit St Petersburg and Porto in the group stage, and they showed a lot of determination at times, grinding out their points and proving hard to break down when their backs were against the wall. APOEL drew all three of their away games in the group stage. But they also played some decent football along the way, and going as underdogs against the season French side, they will have nothing to lose here and are capable of causing an upset. The odds are stacked against the Cypriots in Lyon v APOEL Champions League betting, largely because of the experience that the French side can bring. So the first leg in Lyon may be a venture in one of those resilient efforts and if they can just nick a precious away goal to take back to Nicosia with them, then the second leg of this tie will hold a fascinating story line. But underdogs the Cypriots will be on Tuesday night and in the tie over the two legs. APOEL are well in the hunt to defend their league title, and they head to France on the back of a 2-1 victory in the league. APOEL have faced French opposition just once before, losing to Paris St Germain back in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners Cup.

Lyon v APOEL Champions League betting
Lyon to win: 2/5 at Bet365
Draw: 7/2 at SkyBet
APOEL Nicosia: 8/1 at Bet Victor

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French side Lyon pulled off a remarkable escape act on the final round of group stage matches. Staring a massive goal difference deficit in the face in their battle for second spot with Ajax, Lyon burst into life when it mattered most to them, thumping Dynamo Zagreb 7-1 on match day six, while Ajax went down 3-0 at home against group winner Real Madrid. That remarkable match day six was enough to see Lyon through to the knockout stage with a plus two goal difference over Ajax, which it had looked a hopeless cause at the kick off on Match Day Six. It just goes to show that experience counts for a great deal, and is what is tipping the balance in Lyon v APOEL Champions League betting. Lyon aren’t in great form in Ligue 1 on the domestic front, only winning one of their last five matches, losing three of those five games. They lost again on the weekend, at home against Caen, and although they are in fourth place, they are eleven points back off the top of the table. They have power going forward with Gomis and Lopez, but they just haven’t looked quite as strong and efficient as they have done in previous seasons. They struggled so much more than usual through their qualification group, and it looks as if their last day heroics may have paid off big time by getting the luck of the draw and getting the inexperienced Cypriots. This is the ninth consecutive season that Lyon have been past the group stage, and they have such a strong record at home at this stage of the tournament. They have only lost once at home in the first knockout stage out of their eight previous ventures here, but there is hope for APOEL because Lyon have gone out of the competition at this stage in four of the last five seasons. Lyon have never faced Cypriot opposition before in Europe but go as strong favourites in this last sixteen tie.


February 13th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Champions League

Tuesday, December 8
Stamford Bridge
7.45 pm Kick Off

Chelsea will look to pick up the pieces of their rain sodden Premier League defeat against Manchester City at Eastlands on Saturday, as they head back to the comfort of Stamford Bridge. The Champions League is upon the Blues again, and this final group match is somewhat of a formality with Chelsea already having clinched top spot in Group D from Porto. Chelsea were devastated when midfield dynamo Frank Lampard missed a late penalty against City, which saw them suffer their third away defeat of this year’s campaign, and allowed Manchester United to close within two points of them. Not a great week in Chelsea’s books, after losing to Blackburn in the Carling Cup midweek.

Boss Carlo Ancelotti, while knowing that the pressure is off in Tuesday’s game against APOEL, he will still demand the utmost level of performance from his players. Cypriot side APOEL could, with a win, beat Atletico Madrid into third place in the Group, which would mean that they would enter into the Europa League. They will still have an uphill task though, as Chelsea have a 100% record at home this season, and still have the most watertight defence in both the Premier League and the Champions League. Chelsea have conceded as many goals as APOEL have scored in the Champions League this season, and that is two.

The Blues are already marching on to the next round of the competition, after Anelka clinched the winning goal in the crucial game against Porto on Match Day 5. Now Ancelotti will have to ensure his men put in a better performance than they did in the reverse fixture against APOEL, when they got complacent and laboured their way to a 1-0 victory. Chelsea lost striker Salomon Kalou in Wednesday’s defeat against Blackburn, and he will be missing now from action for a couple of weeks. Chelsea also saw John Terry limp off late in the game against Manchester City with a knock on the knee, but he should be back in action.

APEOL saw their eight game winning streak broken in their domestic league on the weekend, when they tied 1-1. Draws are the only thing they have managed in the Champions League so far though, and that’s just two of them. The gulf in class between the two teams should be evident at Stamford Bridge. On that note, Michael Ballack, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba have all been short listed for the FIFA World Player of the Year, which is a firm indicator of the quality in Chelsea’s squad.

Chelsea to win: 4/11 at Blue Square
Draw: 9/2 at SkyBet
APOEL to win: 9/1 at Bet365

Betting Advice: This is a meaningless game, unless APOEL somehow musters up a host of quality to give Chelsea a real game. That is very unlikely and Chelsea will be keen to get back into winning ways. They need to shake that monkey off their back, and get back into the run of things which saw them keep five clean sheets in a row.
Chelsea to win to nil: Evens at Blue Square


December 7th, 2009 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League










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