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UEFA Champions League Betting Preview: Dortmund vs. Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League Betting Preview: Dortmund vs. Real Madrid

In a repeat of the 1997-98 semifinal, Real Madrid faces Borussia Dortmund in a highly anticipated first leg at the Westfalonstadion. Ronaldo and Co. are slightly favoured today.

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The hosts are the only undefeated team left in the competition and finished top of a group that included the English, Spanish, and Dutch champions, and in that group they defeated Real Madrid at home in addition to earning a draw at the Bernabeu. Add to that the fact Real has one solitary win in its last 24 visits to Germany, which came 13 years ago.

So why is it, then, that bookmakers have Jose Mourinho's men as slight favourites in the opening leg on the road?

Well, first things first, People love to bet on Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo. When a heavy load of bets goes on one side, the odds increase on the other team to entice more people to select it. The star-studded Spanish side is currently slated at 2.50 for the outright win.

Los Blancos also the highest scoring team in the competition with 23 goals scored, and they have scored in a remarkable 17 straight away matches in the competition.

One advantage that they may possibly have is the shock - and blatantly tactical - announcement by Bayern Munich that they have signed away Dortmund's 20-year-old star Mario Gotze for next season. The home crowd is sure to be livid with the young midfield maestro, despite the desperate attempts for calm and unbridled support by manager Jurgen Klopp. It remains to be seen just how much of a psychological effect this will have on Dortmund.

Now, I am going to admit, I am a fan of Borussia Dortmund. Having said that, one must take the heart out of any betting assessment. Which is why the draw listed at 3.40 sounds appealing to me given the emerging play of Madrid and the surrounding hype on Gotze. These teams drew 2-2 in the group stage in Madrid and I expect the same result to click here.

The home side is listed at 2.70 as many bettors will look to them for full points, trying to squeeze every last cent of value on their selections. The halftime/fulltime for the hosts is available at 4.33, while the draw no bet is at 1.95.

Klopp's crew has won every champions league home match this year (five wins), including that 2-1 victory against Real back in the group stage.

What I expect to crack today is for both teams to score, which is listed at 1.44 if you're looking for a quick add-on to your parlay selections. Madrid has not kept a clean sheet on the road this year and as mentioned has scored in 17 straight away.

Jose Mourinho will want to cut off Robert Lewandowski as best as possible given that the Polish striker has been directly involved in 42 percent of all goals for Dortmund in Europe this year. Still, Lewandowki at 2.25 to score at any point is an enticing option to look at.

On the other side, Ronaldo is the leading scorer in the competition and if he scores today he will tie the Champions League record for consecutive games with a goal at six. I like the first goalscorers selection that sees a payout of 2.60 should either Ronaldo or Lewandowski score first in the match. Odds go up to 4.20 should they both score at any point in the game.


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