Our man in Madrid, Phil Kitromilides, believes that Los Blancos' young star will make an impact against Schalke in the second leg of their Champions League encounterAfter Real Madrid's stunning 6-1 triumph over Schalke in the first leg in Germany, Tuesday night sees something of a dead rubber at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The best way to put into context the magnitude of the task facing the Bundesliga side is to state that even a 5-0 win for Jens Keller's men would see them eliminated.
Yet they will be hoping to salvage some pride from their first-ever trip to one of the world's most famous grounds and bet365 price them at 14/1 (15.00) for the win.
Carlo Ancelotti has already confirmed that there will be some changes to his starting lineup given the aggregate score and the small matter of Sunday's Clasico against Barcelona yet, despite that, Los Blancos are still just 2/9 (1.22) to win on the night with the draw offered at 6/1 (7.00).
The aformentioned changes confirmed by Ancelotti will see Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata come into the starting lineup for Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema and, although there will no doubt be more shuffling of the pack, these are the two most of interest to us.
Morata has found minutes hard to come by of late and will relish the challenge of making his first-ever start in the Champions League; he can be backed at 21/20 (2.05) to find the back of the net.
Yet it is his fellow Spanish forward, Jese, who is of more interest, offered at 5/6 (1.83) to get on the scoresheet, a price that looks well worth backing given his scoring form and the confidence that he has shown.
Eight league goals so far in his debut season with the first team is an excellent return and Jese feels at home amongst the top players in the Real Madrid starting XI.
He has played enough with them this season to have build up an understanding and, if Madrid show half the attacking potential that they displayed in the first leg, the Spain Under-21s international will have no trouble getting on the scoresheet.
|Jese Rodriguez to score at any time at 5/6 (1.83) for 2.5pts with bet365