The defending champions host the lowest ranked side in the group and our tipster has a 9/1 shot that proved profitable in previous home games in the competition for Los Blancos
Saturday night saw Real Madrid produce arguably their best half of football under Zinedine Zidane, as Los Blancos came flying out of the blocks at Real Betis by racing into a 4-0 half-time lead. The European champions ended up winning the game 6-1 and the result was a much needed one after four successive draws in all competitions.
Madrid now have what looks on paper to be the most straight-forward of their Champions League group games, as Legia Warsaw visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
The Polish side could be in for a long evening in the Spanish capital, as they have lost 6-0 and 2-0 against Borussia Dortmund and Sporting respectively, as well as seriously struggling domestically.
The champions of Poland have made a poor start to the defence of their title, currently lying in 12th place after 12 games, and Paddy Power think they have little chance in Madrid, pricing them at 25/1 (26.00) for the win. The hosts, meanwhile, are offered at 1/25 (1.04), which is by far the smallest price you will find for a team in European action this week, while the draw can be backed at 16/1 (17.00).
While those super skinny quotes on a home win show just show much confidence there is in a Madrid victory, Paddy Power are offering new customers the chance to back this outcome at a massive quote of 3/1 (4.0).
Logic and indeed statistics would point to a high scoring home win, and in recent years the side from the Spanish capital have racked up plenty of goals at home to lower-ranked opposition in the group stages.
Last season saw an 8-0 win against Malmo and a 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk, while two years ago there was a 4-0 win over Ludogorets and the season before that saw FC Copenhagen dispatched by the same scoreline.
A repeat of the 4-0 scoreline is offered at 9/1 (10.00) and could be a good option for a value bet in a market that is so heavily one-sided, with Madrid also wining group games 4-0 against Lyon in 2011 and Auxerre in 2010.
Indeed, five of Madrid's last 18 home group games have ended 4-0 to the hosts, a statistic which lends further credibility to this long odds selection. Meanwhile, the hosts to win with a -3 handicap can be backed at 4/6 (1.65), which is a price which could interest punters aiming for a safer selection.
|Real Madrid to win 4-0 at 9/1 (10.00) for a 0.5pt stake with Paddy Power|