Los Blancos have been in fine defensive form this season conceding just one goal in seven competitive games, and against the Swedish outfit that run should continueHaving come through a bruising battle in Bilbao last Wednesday night with a hard fought 2-1 win against Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid suffered a minor setback at the weekend in drawing 0-0 at home to Malaga.
Despite 30 attempts on goal, Los Blancos drew a blank for the second time this season in a frustrating game which undid some of the momentum gained at San Mames.
Perhaps the one positive from the draw at the Bernabeu was the fact that Madrid kept yet another clean sheet and their record of just one goal conceded in seven competitive games this season remains impressive. Rafa Benitez takes his side to Sweden for a first ever clash with Malmo, who themselves already have experience of facing a side from the Spanish capital.
The Swedes were drawn in the same group as Atletico last season, with Los Rojiblancos winning 2-0 in Malmo and 5-0 at the Vicente Calderon. In theory we should expect similar results when the Allsvenskan champions face Madrid and Betway offer Benitez's men at just 1/5 (1.20) on Wednesday evening. The hosts meanwhile are offered at 12/1 (13.00) with the draw available at 23/4 (6.75) .
Betway have a special offer on this game. Anyone opening a new account with the online bookmaker can back Real Madrid to win the game at 3/1 (4.0).
Clearly the price for an away win is generally prohibitive and finding some value in backing Madrid is not easy for customers who are not able to take advantage of the enhanced odds.
That said, the price of 21/20 (2.05) for the visitors to win and keep a clean sheet looks tempting, especially given Madrid's defensive strength so far this season. The bet appeals even without the services of Pepe and Sergio Ramos who will miss out on the trip to Sweden.
Madrid have managed six clean sheets from seven this season so backing them to keep another against less fancied opposition seems a logical selection and Malmo's record last season in the Champions League backs up this bet.
In the group stages the Swedes lost home and away against Atletico Madrid and Juventus without scoring a goal and conceding 14 in the process. Furthermore their opening game Group A this year saw them lose without scoring against Paris Saint-Germain, all of which should give punters confidence in our selection.
|Real Madrid to win without conceding at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2pt stake with Betway|