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Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes the Frenchman should be backed to score at even money in the Champions League this evening

Real Madrid arrive in Gelschenkirchen in the best possible shape having regained the outright lead at the top of La Liga for the first time nearly two years. Carlo Ancelotti's side are on a 26 match unbeaten run in all competitions, and will be hoping to overcome their terrible record in Germany.

Real Madrid have only won one of their last 25 matches in the country yet can be backed at 4/9 (1.44) with Paddy Power to change that with a victory this evening. Schalke meanwhile are rated as clear outsiders at 13/2 (7.50) with the draw offered at 7/2 (4.50).

One statistic that stands out for Real Madrid is the fact that Los Blancos have managed to net in 21 consecutive away matches in the Champions League. That they will do so again seems almost certain, with the price of 4/11 (1.36) for the visitors to net two or more indicative of just how highly fancied Madrid are for this tie.

It therefore may be of more value to delve into the any time goalscorer market for a selection and while the price of 2/5 (1.40) for Cristiano Ronaldo to get on the scoresheet does not appeal, backing Karim Benzema to net at evens (2.00) looks like an excellent option.

The Frenchman is enjoying his most prolific campaign with the Spanish giants having so far netted 18 goals in all comeptitions.

Furthermore Benzema excels in the Champions League where his record reads 33 goals in 58 games and having scored three times in his last four matches, Madrid's number 9 is brimming with confidence, making the price of evens for him to net at any time well worthy of consideration.

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Karim Benzema to score at any time at evens (2.00) 2.0pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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