The top two in Group F of the Champions League will duke it out here for the bragging rights of being table-toppers but also the chance to secure an easier draw in the knockout phase of the competition.
These two served up an epic clash in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign, you may recall. Cristiano Ronaldo - who else? - gave Real the lead but that was wiped out just before half-time by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser. In the second half there was more of the free flowing football, and Zinedine Zidane’s men had seemingly clinched the three points when Raphael Varane fired home.
But a late equaliser from Andre Schurrle stole a point for the Germans, which on the balance of play was probably a fair result. The yellow-and-blacks had 60% of possession, six corners and ten shots on target, and as such were full value for their point.
A trip to the Bernabeu is another thing altogether however, so will Real be magic in Madrid or can Dortmund bring a tear to Ronaldo’s eye once again?
1. Betting odds Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund
Most football bettors know just how good Real Madrid are at the Bernabeu, and even taking into consideration the excellence of Borussia Dortmund it is no surprise to see the hosts pegged as favourites by bet365 at 1.61.
But the visitors are an enticing proposition at 5.00, and a repeat of the reverse fixture stalemate can be backed at 4.00.
2. Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips
Unusually for them, Real Madrid have shown signs of frailty this term. They haven’t been their usual dominant selves in La Liga at home, dropping four points to sides that in truth they should be beating handsomely. And then their Champions League campaign hasn’t been a breeze either, with a narrow win over Sporting Lisbon at the Bernabeu (after going a goal down) latterly joined by a 3-3 draw with the previously hapless Legia Warsaw.
There is plenty for Zidane and his coaching staff to work on, and that might just give hope to Dortmund.
Mind you, the Germans haven’t been in perfect condition either. At the time of writing they had won just 55% of their league matches (W6 D3 L2), and it is away from home that they have largely struggled - not the best preparation for a trip to Madrid.
Even so, picking a winner is difficult. With the chance to grab top spot still up for grabs, we would perhaps have to side with a motivated Madrid, but what we will be backing is the Real Madrid & Over 2.5 Goal double with bet365 at 2.87.
Both of these teams prefer attacking to defending, and that is obvious from their results: all four of Real’s Champions League matches to this point have witnessed three or more goals, and 75% of Dortmund’s had achieved the same mark. There should be plenty of goals here then it what promises to be a cracking encounter for the neutral spectator.
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