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|