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Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tip Draw – 23 December 2017

La Liga Betting Tips
Saturday 23rd December 2017 Kick off 1200 Real Madrid v Barcelona Football – Spain – Primera Liga It’s been the biggest and most attractive game in world football for a number of years and El Clasico returns to our screens for the first time in the 2017/18 Primera Liga season. The two giants have already clashed in the Spanish Super Cup when Real ran out very comfortable winners. It’s Barcelona who have pulled ahead in the league, however, and no matter what happens at the Bernabeu on Saturday lunchtime it will be at least eight points that separate the two going into Christmas. That is a sizeable advantage and whilst there are other teams between them at the moment, if Barcelona do manage to win then it virtually looks all but over and the title would be heading back to the Nou Camp barring a disaster. Real Madrid slipped further behind their arch rivals in the title race last weekend as they were competing in the World Club Championship. Zinedine Zidane’s men were recording yet more history as the 1-0 win over Brazilian side Gremio seen them win the competition for the second year running – the first ever team to do that. It’s another in a long line of achievements that Real have ticked off under Zidane but that will help them little as they prepare for a game that is make or break in terms of their title defence. Currently fourth in La Liga, the champions have stuttered and staggered throughout this campaign which is why they find themselves in fourth spot and 11 points behind their weekend opponents. An indication of their inconsistency in the league has been the fact that Real have managed to win two ore more games in a row on just one occasion. That’s a damning indictment of a team who swept virtually all before them the previous season and whilst many suggest that they will grow stronger as the season goes on, lose on Saturday and they are virtually out of the title race before the New Year. When Luis Enrique called time on his reign as Barcelona manager, there were a number of suggestions thrown about as his potential replacement. Only one man really ticked all the boxes that the club’s board were aiming for, though, and that was Ernesto Valverde. Having played with the club (albeit briefly) he knew what the ethos was all about and his ability to coach and develop young players was also seen as a massive advantage, as was his philosophy on the game – both of which he honed during his time as Atheltic Bilbao manager. He may not have been the superstar name but when you think about Barcelona’s recent managers, they have rarely been that – not when they have been given job, at least. The naysayers are now beginning to eat their words as well as Barca’s ascent to the top of the table has been relentless for the most part. Their 16 league games have seen them win 13 and lose none, score 42 goals and concede only seven. And it’s that last number, perhaps, that is the most telling. Barcelona teams rarely have trouble scoring goals but they have been poor defensively so the fact they have the joint best defensive record is a real improvement on past seasons, and it should stand them in good stead for these big encounters. There has been a doubt over the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo all week after the Real Madrid talisman picked up a knock in the win over Gremio. Whilst he has not been at his best in terms of goal scoring in the league, he is the ultimate big game player and his presence alone is enough to bring out the best in his own teammates, whilst ensure that his opponents have to be on guard at every moment. He may well be joined in the starting line up by Gareth Bale – something that has rarely happened over the last 18 months. Although he is still finding his way back, the situation that Real find themselves in may mean they call upon all their big name players they can to narrow the gap between themselves and Barca. There is a noticeable difference in how Barcelona approach games on their travels than they have done under previous managers. It would usually be the case that they played every game the same no matter whether it was home or away, or even the opponent they were playing. Valverde appears to be a more pragmatic coach in that sense and that is illustrated by the fact they have scored 12 fewer goals away from home, but interestingly they have conceded one fewer. Keeping more clean sheets so they do not always have to score two, three and four goals to win games is the attitude now and it seems to be working.

Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tip

The lunchtime kick off is a strange one for this fixture as we’re so used to seeing the stars take the field under the lights at a prime time viewing for most of Europe. Even though football is changing (well the television that carries it) the stars remain the same and we can expect two of Europe’s best to take each other on. The battle between Ronaldo and Messi alone is worth clearing your plans for Saturday and sitting back to enjoy. Real have already dropped points to Valencia, Betis and Levante at home this season, but those games were earlier in the season and since losing to Betis they have won five successive league games at the Bernabeu, keeping clean sheets in four of those. The last game against Sevilla was them at their devastating best as they rattled five without answer. Barcelona will be an altogether sterner examination though and the current league leaders came through a tricky game in their last away outing when defeating Villareal 2-0. Two of their three draws have come away from home though against Atletico and Valencia – the two teams who are below them in the table just now. A draw would not be a bad result whatsoever for them in this one either and I think that’s the most likely outcome. Draw 3/1 @ Betvictor  
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Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tip Real Madrid and both teams to score – 6 December 2017

Champions League Tips
Wednesday 6th December 2017 Kickoff 1945hrs Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Football - Europe - Champions League When the draw was made back in August, this game on match day six would have been earmarked as a potential decider for who qualifies as the section winners. Instead, it marks the end of a group stage campaign which has seen both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund underperform. Real have qualified for the last 16 once again but will do so as runners up to Tottenham, whilst Dortmund are likely - but not guaranteed - to be competing in the Europa League having failed to win a game up until this point. The need for points in this one is greater for the visitors but they could barley be in poorer form. Real were considered favourites to retain the trophy they have won in each of the last two seasons but due to their stuttering campaign in both Europe and domestically, confidence is quickly waning. The Champions have struggled greatly for consistency all season and that’s been evident in their group stage games. Wins over Apoel were very much expected and a good victory in Dortmund has been the highlight, but managing just one point from the games against Spurs has been the difference in them finishing second compared to topping the group. In theory that would suggest a more difficult tie in the last 16, but no matter the opponent Zinedine Zidane will have to get his side playing at a much higher level when those games come around in February. They’ll also be looking for a morale boosting win on Wednesday. Things looked so positive for Dortmund back in September when they were riding high in the Bundesliga following Peter Bosz arrival from Ajax as coach. Unfortunately, since beginning their Champions League campaign in London against Tottenham their situation has deteriorated dramatically. Since their loss at Wembley they have won just six games in all competitions, and none of those have been in Europe. Two extremely disappointing draws against the Cypriot minnows killed any hope they had of making it beyond this stage of the competition. Soundly beaten in the games against Spurs and Real Madrid thus far, Wednesday’s game does offer some opportunity to restore some pride by getting a much needed result but with no wins in their last six Bundesliga games they are very much up against it and it doesn’t appear to be a united camp at the moment.

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tip

These two met back in September and are no strangers to each other in the Champions League. Indeed, this was the exact same fixture which concluded their 2016-17 group stage as both clubs qualified for the next round. That will not be the case this time round of course but Dortmund still have to make sure of their place in the Europa League. Their most realistic hope appears to be that Apoel do not get anything from their game against Tottenham otherwise the German’s will have to match or better that result. Real remain undefeated at the Bernabeu since losing to Schalke in 2015 - a total of 17 games. Dortmund, on the other hand, have won just one of their precious 10 Champions League games. Interestingly though, they have managed at least a goal in 14 of their last 15 games in this competition. Putting those trends together and the selection for tomorrow’s game is Real Madrid to win with both teams to score. Real Madrid win and both teams to score 29/20 @ Betvictor
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APOEL v Real Madrid Betting Tips: 2 HT/FT, 2017-11-21

Champions League Tips
APOEL NICOSIA v REAL MADRID Tuesday 21st November 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Europe - Champions League Betting Tips In Group H, Cypriot outfit, APOEL Nicosia, may well be bracing themselves for a potential backlash from Real Madrid when they play host to the Spanish and current Champions League title holders, following the visitors’ defeat last time out away at Tottenham. APOEL currently sit bottom of a very tough group, level on points with Borussia Dortmund as tonight’s hosts still search for their first Champions League win in the group stages of this season’s competition; back-to-back defeats to Real Madrid (away) and Tottenham (at home) have been followed by slight improvements with home and away stalemates with Dortmund. However, a distinct lack of goals has really held the Cypriots back, and they face a very tall order in keeping a focused Real Madrid at bay despite home advantage at their Neo GSP in Levkosia tonight. They’ve also lost all three previous encounters with Real Madrid in convincing fashion. Onto Real Madrid then, and they’ll still be smarting from their recent 3-1 defeat away at Tottenham at the start of this month on match day four which has resulted in them now having to play catch-up with Spurs, being three points behind ahead of tonight’s fixtures. Indeed, Real Madrid have taken just one point off Tottenham in these Group H matches, but they’ll travel to Cyprus in confident mood having despatched APOEL in each of their last three meetings with score lines of 3-0, 5-2 and 3-0 respectively. With a home leg against joint bottom club Borussia Dortmund to finish the group matches, Real Madrid can still finish ahead of Spurs, although this is looking increasingly unlikely. Still, Real Madrid should get an early lead and capitalise here. Pick: Real Madrid HT/FT @ 1.57 Coral
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Tottenham v Real Madrid Betting Tips: 2 AH0, 2017-11-01

Champions League Tips
TOTTENHAM v REAL MADRID Wednesday 1st November 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Europe - Champions League Betting Tips Following recent back-to-back defeats, Tottenham will be anxious to make amends at Wembley Stadium when they meet Real Madrid in Group H of the Champions League on Wednesday night as they look to keep the Spanish champions at bay again, this time on home turf. Tottenham earned a vital and important point in a 1-1 draw at the Bernebeu on match day three to further push their claim for a top two finish in the group, and if they avoid defeat here again this evening, it would be a fantastic effort for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. However, recent defeats to West Ham in the League Cup and their Premier League defeat away at Manchester United has seen Spurs wobble, and they’ll be sweating over the fitness of striker Kane who is rated doubtful for this evening’s clash. Real Madrid sit joint top with Tottenham in Group H ahead of match day four, following wins over APOEL and Borussia Dortmund along with a draw against Tottenham, but I can’t help feeling they are more than capable of moving up the gears when necessary, and this evening’s encounter could see the Spanish champions do just that against Spurs. Real Madrid have won five of their last six away matches in the Champions League with the only aberration during this sequence being a 2-1 defeat at their ‘bogey’ side, Atletico Madrid. Aside from that though, they’ve swept aside the likes Sporting, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, which is an impressive list of victories. Ronaldo and Benzema are expected to start again up front for the visitors, and even if Kane does start for Tottenham, I strongly suspect that the striker won’t play the full 90 minutes as Pochettino won’t want to risk further injury to his star player. Real Madrid to at least avoid defeat looks a solid bet here. Pick: Real Madrid AH0 @ 1.68 Bet Victor
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Real Madrid v Tottenham Betting Tips: 1, 2017-10-17

Champions League Tips
REAL MADRID v TOTTENHAM Tuesday 17th October 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Europe - Champions League Betting Tips Europe is once again the focus this week, but this time it’s the turn of the Champions League as the group stages continue on Tuesday night with perhaps the pick of the fixtures being a top of Group H clash between Real Madrid and Tottenham at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. Real Madrid have lost just once so far in the new Spanish domestic La Liga season and sit in third place, but they come into this fixture having racked up four wins on the trot with victories over Deportivo Alaves, Espanyol and Getafe in the Spanish top flight. The hosts have also hold a 100% winning record in Group H of the Champions League with wins chalked up over APOEL and Borussia Dortmund, and a win over Tottenham here this evening would virtually guarantee their progression into the knockout rounds already. Tottenham broke their so-called ‘hoodoo’ at Wembley Stadium in the Premier League on the weekend when they squeezed out a 1-0 win over Bournemouth which handed Spurs a fifth win on the trot in all competitions, and extended their unbeaten run to nine matches overall. They too, hold a 100% winning record in the Champions League in Group H with wins over Borussia Dortmund and APOEL, but Spurs will be mindful that they’ve registered just three away wins from their ten away matches in their Champions League history to date. They now face Real Madrid in their own backyard and a team which is considered to be among the best in club football in the world right now, and their last visit to the Bernabeu ended in a heavy 4-0 defeat for the north London club. I think Real Madrid hold that extra gear over Tottenham. Pick: Real Madrid to win @ 1.44 bet365
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Real Madrid v Tottenham Betting Tip Real Madrid and both teams to score – 17 October 2017

Champions League Tips
Tuesday 17th October 2017 Kickoff:1945hrs Real Madrid v Tottenham Football – Europe – Champions League Something has to give in the Spanish capital on Tuesday as both Real Madrid and Tottenham come into the Group H clash with 100% records from their first two Champions League games. This section was viewed as a group of death when the draw was made but these two have stolen a march on Borussia Dortmund in the early part of the campaign having both defeated the Bundesliga leaders already. There’s no doubt the current champions are favoured to come out on top but Tottenham will at least be in confident mood as they approach this daunting test of their credentials. Having achieved so much last season in Spain and in Europe, it was probably to be expected that Real would have a hangover coming into the new season. Making history by becoming the first team to win the Champions League in successive years as well as becoming champions of Spain for the first time in four seasons was up there with Real’s best ever seasons – but they have not had everything their own way this season, domestically at least. Real find themselves in third spot in La Liga, five points behind leaders Barcelona. It’s unlikely that Zinedine Zidane will be panicking just yet with so much football to be played and he’ll be buoyed by how his team have started in the defence of their Champions League, even though there remains a lot of improvement to come. A routine win over APOEL to kick things off was followed by a more assured performance away to Dortmund in a game where they were at their efficient best. These two games against Tottenham will be another good measure of where Real are at currently. Nobody could be sure of how Spurs would get on this season as they have to play all their home games at Wembley whilst awaiting a move to their new stadium. Domestically it has been a struggle as they have only just registered their first home league win of the campaign on Saturday with a narrow win over Bournemouth but having struggled so much at Wembley in last year’s Champions League, their first game in this section could barely have went any better. Spurs were clinical in their finishing against Dortmund to run out 3-1 winners despite being second best in a number of areas on the night. It was a complete turnaround from the previous season where they dominated games at times without getting their reward and to follow that up with an emphatic win in Cyprus – in a game they were expected to win – means they come into these games against the holders from a strong position. Of course, it would be no real surprise if they end up level on points with Dortmund after the next two fixtures but they will relish this tag as underdogs and have the most in form striker in Europe at this point in time in their ranks.

Real Madrid v Tottenham Betting Tips

One of the main disappointments approaching this game is the news that Gareth Bale will be absent and unable to face his old club where he made his name and earned his move to Real Madrid. It takes something of the game but they are fixtures to look forward to featuring two teams with very different backgrounds in the competition. Real are the experienced outfit full of players at the very top of their game whilst Spurs are only emerging into this arena and are learning as they go – both players and coaching staff. Real have not been as free scoring as we have came to expect but they have already scored six goals in their two games in the Champions League. Spurs appear to be better suited playing away from home this season and will fancy their chances of causing their hosts problems, particularly Harry Kane. I think Real will have too much in the end, especially at home, but they will be test. Spurs have scored 80% of their goals away from home this season whereas Real have conceded over half their goals at home. Both teams to score and Real Madrid looks the way to go as a result. Real Madrid win and both teams to score 8/5 @ Bet365
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Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Betting Tip Draw – 26 September 2017

Champions League Tips
Tuesday 26th September 2017 Kickoff:1945hrs Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Football – Europe – Champions League It was business as usual for Real Madrid in their first group game of this year’s Champions League as they expended little energy in seeing off APOEL in a routine win at home. They travel to Dortmund for what is widely expected to be a much more difficult encounter, particularly as the hosts are in need of their first points in the section having lost out to Tottenham at Wembley a fortnight ago. It’s arguably the tie of match day two and one that promises to be exciting. Despite dominating the majority of the game and creating a host of excellent chances, Dortmund were undone by some poor defending against Tottenham. Peter Bosz’s team had looked more assured and resolute at the back sinxe the Dutchman took over, but they were caught out on several occasions and ultimately paid the price against Spurs. Since that defeat they have scored 13 goals in three Bundesliga games, cementing their place at the top of the table after half a dozen games. They now have to begin making their mark in European matters and it could barely be a more difficult challenge that awaits them as the winners of the past two runnings come to town. It’s been the complete opposite for Real Madrid in terms of their season so far with Zinedine Zidane’s men struggling for any consistency in their domestic league. Their three home games in La Liga have yielded just two points whilst they struggled to see off bottom of the table Alaves on their travels at the weekend. That inconsistency sees them seven points adrift of Barcelona which is already a sizeable gap despite being so early in the season. Zidane will not be panicking just yet, however, as his team continue to create more than enough chances and if they continue that the wins will start to come in abundance. It’s also noticeable that their struggles have come mainly at home so the fact they now prepare to face a team who are likely to want to attack more, allowing Madrid more space themselves, may well be an advantage. These teams are no strangers to each other as they prepare to face each other for the second straight season at the group stage. Both games were drawn last season, ending in 2-2 and on both occasions it was Dortmund who recovered from going down early in the game to take a point.

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Betting Tip

I think the decisive element to this encounter will be how well Dortmund deal with Real’s counter attacking threat. We seen against Spurs that a team does not have to have a huge amount of possession to hurt Dortmund and whilst Spurs are good on the break, there is nobody better than Zidane’s men to capitalise on other team’s mistake. On the other hand, Dortmund are a better outfit at home and will not be fazed about taking the game to the current Champions, but they will have to defend better than in match day one. Although there will still be four games to go following Tuesday’s match, Dortmund’s failure to get anything from Spurs means they probably have to take something from this one. It’s probably not must win territory just yet but it’s almost certainly must not lose with Spurs big favourites to get three points in Cyprus. Should that happen and Dortmund lost to Real, it would leave them six points adrift of both and a huge mountain to climb. With defensive frailties of their own and missing the important Karim Benzema in attack, I fancy this to go a similar way of last season and for the spoils to be shared. Draw 147/50 @ Marathon Bet
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Real Madrid v APOEL Betting Tips: 1 to nil, 2017-09-13

Champions League Tips
REAL MADRID v APOEL Wednesday 13th September 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Europe - Champions League Betting Tips The other match in Group H on matchday one in the Champions League group stage features the title holders, Real Madrid, taking on Cypriot outfit, APOEL Nicosia at their Estadio Santiago Bernabéu as Real Madrid begin their defence of this coveted elite european trophy. Real Madrid actually finished runners-up in last season’s Group F to Borussia Dortmund, but then quickly moved through the gears in the knockout rounds to eventually lift the Champions League crown by beating Italian side Juventus 4-1 in the final. Real Madrid saw off the likes of Napoli, Bayern Munich and Spanish counterparts, Atletico Madrid to reach the final, and withe attacking trio of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema in harness along with a 15 match unbeaten run on home turf in this competition, the hosts are in the driving seat here. APOEL Nicosia have had to play several qualifying ties in this year’s Champions League to even reach the group stages as they entered this season’s competition at the second qualifying round where they began their campaign with a 2-0 aggregate win over Luxembourg side, F91 Dudelange. The Cypriots then negotiated their way through the third qualifying round with a 4-1 aggregate win over Romanian side, Viitorul to make it through to the play-offs. A 2-0 aggregate win over Slavia Prague secured their passage through to the group stages, but their results away from home at this level leave a lot to be desired. APOEL have recorded just two away wins from their last 21 Champions League ties on their travels, and have failed to score in 12 of these, so a trip to face the current Champions League title holders is a daunting prospect I fancy. Pick: Real Madrid to win to nil @ 1.67 Sportingbet
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Real Madrid v Manchester United Betting Tip Both teams to score – 8 August 2017

Euro Tips
Tuesday 8th August 2017 Kickoff:1945hrs Real Madrid v Manchester United Football – European – UEFA Super Cup  The European Super Cup is not the most prestigious of competitions and both Real Madrid and Manchester United will certainly be hoping that they are competing for more illustrious honours in 10 months time but Tuesday’s game in Macedonia remains a fascinating one. As well as pitting the winners of last year’s European competitions against each other it also see Jose Mourinho face his old club in a competitive game. The two did play each other in the International Champions Cup at the end of last month but this will be more like the thing with the first piece of European silverware of the season offer. Real created history in Cardiff when defeating Juventus 3-1 in the Champions League final back in June. It was the first time a team have won the trophy in consecutive seasons since it changed from the European Cup and it was perhaps fitting that it was Real who achieved it, being the club who have won the trophy on most occasions. It was another feather in the cap for Zinedine Zidane who only knows how to win since taking over as manager last season. Their win over city rivals Atletico in May 2016 has now been followed with success in this competition, following a 3-2 win over Sevilla in Norway last year, and their first La Liga title since 2012 – as well as retaining the Champions League. It’s a remarkable feat for any manager to do that but the fact that it is Zidane’s first foray into coaching at a senior level makes it even more impressive. You can guarantee that it won’t be enough, though, and he will still be looking for more success and create more history along the way, starting on Tuesday. Considering how slowly and pedestrian Mourinho’s first season at Old Trafford started, the fact that they won two trophies and qualified for the Champions League is probably a fair effort all things considered. It’s patently obvious that the League Cup and Europa League are not the competitions that United want to be renowned for but they are a means to an end on this occasion. Failure to qualify for the Champions League via the Premier League was obviously a failure but it made winning the secondary European competition all that more important and a win over Ajax in Stockholm clinched a place in the group stage of the premier competition. It was arguably one of the most Mourinho-type performances for United thus far as they dominated a limited Ajax team without every really excelling themselves. Mourinho has sought to build from that game and the summer signings already brought in will add further character to the mentality that is building and the power throughout the spine of the team has definitely increased. Tuesday’s game will be a good measure of where they are in relation to the continent’s very best ahead of their participation in the Champions League. Whatever happens in Macedonia this week you can be rest assured that Mourinho and Zidane will be looking to use the final three weeks of the transfer window to strengthen their squads further for the new season. Both have been busy already with many big names both arriving and leaving, whilst the rumours surrounding Real and United continue at pace. One that has been ramped up in recent days is Gareth Bale’s potential switch from the Bernabeu to Old Trafford. Mourinho has been particularly vocal in the build up to this one but you’re never certain of how strong that likelihood is. Bale missed large chunks of the previous campaign and was a peripheral figure as Real conquered Europe for a 12th time. He’s now fully fit after a good pre season and it will be interested to see how he performs amidst all the speculation. Neither Real or United are strangers to this showpiece occasion with a combined eight appearances. The Spanish Champions have won on three of their five visits whilst the Red Devils have one win and two defeats having last reached it in 2008. Although Mourinho has won three European trophies (before this year’s Europa League) this will be just his second time in a UEFA Super Cup final having switched clubs immediately after Champions League triumphs with Porto and Inter Milan, he would love nothing more than winning it for the first time at the expense of a club where he felt he was harshly treated.

Real Madrid v Manchester United Betting Tip

Spanish teams have dominated the Super Cup over the last nine years as a team from La Liga have won it eight of those times. That’s no surprise really considering how dominant they have been in European competition in general and both of Real’s win have come against Spanish opposition, beating Sevilla twice. It’s a sign of how much this club wish to win no matter what competition or trophy is at stake and that will be the case once again on Tuesday. It was 1-1 after 90 minutes when they played each other in California but United fielded a much stronger side on that occasion with their domestic league starting earlier. That may yet prove to be an advantage for Mourinho and his players once again which makes me wary of putting Real up as a confident selection to win the game in the duration. The last two finals, incidentally, have went to extra-time and it could well happen on Tuesday. The best I like most, however, is for both teams to find the back of the net. Whilst both will be attempting to win there is usually some more freedom and space for the attacking players with sides not wishing to risk injury ahead of the new season. It has been a winner if four of the last five Super Cup finals and can land once again. Both teams to score 9/13 @ 10bet
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Juventus v Real Madrid Betting Tips: 2, 2017-06-03

Real Madrid
JUVENTUS v REAL MADRID Saturday 3rd June 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Europe - Champions League Betting Tips Well, here it is, the grand finale to the european footballing calendar which is the Champions League final, and the venue of the National Stadium in Cardiff is set to provide us with a real treat of footballing expertise, and a battle between Italian giants, Juventus, and the Spanish powerhouse of Real Madrid for the right to claim the Champions League trophy. Looking at Juventus first, and on the domestic front, they claimed the Serie A title by a four point margin ahead of runners-up Roma, and The Old Lady are now in line for the double as they make their preparations for Saturday evening. Following the group phase of the competition, much hype surrounded the French club, Monaco, as people and pundits alike were intrigued to see how far the municipality could go in this prestigious event. On the other hand, Juventus seemingly continued to fly under the radar a little, but when the time came, they saw off Monaco 4-1 over the two legs. Not to mention the little matter of disposing of highly fancied Barcelona in the previous round with the aggregate score of 3-0! This evening’s game is essentially an away match for both sides though, and Juventus have won five of their last six on the road at this level. Potential anytime goalscorers include the likes of prolific striker Higuain (24 goals) along with Dybala (11 goals), Mandzukic (7 goals) and the midfield pair of Pjanic and Khedira (5 goals apiece). Onto Real Madrid, and they have continued to sweep aside all competition, both domestically, and on the european front as they’ve reached the Champions League final with some aplomb, seeing off the likes of Napoli, Bayern Munich and fellow compatriots, Atletico Madrid, although they were given a run for their money in the second leg, losing 2-1 at Atletico. A La Liga title captured at the expense of fierce rivals Barcelona is one thing, but to be crowned winners of the Champions League would really rub salt into an already sensitive wound as far as Barca are concerned, and Real Madrid have the personnel to achieve just that. The attacking trio of Ronaldo (25 goals), Morata (15 goals) and Benzema (11 goals) are all set to start, while Gareth Bale has been cleared to play, but manager Zidane may well opt to stick with Isco (10 goals) in midfield. As a footnote, Real have won three, drawn two and lost one on the road so far in this season’s Champions League to date. This fixture throws up so many different permutations, and so I’ve decided to provide three betting options for you in this, the game of the season! Winner: Real Madrid to win @ 2.80 Comeon (90 minutes) Anytime goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo @ 2.25 bet365 Anytime scorecast/goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo anytime/Real Madrid to win 1-0 @ 15.00 bet365
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