The Portuguese goal getter has been in blistering form for Madrid this season. Back him to score goals aplenty against the visiting Turks
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will host one of the biggest games of the first leg Uefa Champions League quarter finals. Though both teams have contrasting ambitions, it will not rob the match of some shine as both sides will parade their best legs.
Real Madrid will hope to seal their legend by making sure they qualify for their 24th semi final encounter in European cup that will stand as a bench mark for other club sides. While Galatasaray, complete with Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, will attempt to go one past the quarters, a feat they last achieved 25 years ago.
Jose Mourinho’s men are riding high with 10 unbeaten home games with 24 goals to show for it, and are favourites at 1/5 (1.20) to continue their fine run in Europe this season.
The Turkish team on the other hand have lost just two of their ten away outings in the Champions League this term, are on offer at 12/1(13.00) to pull of another shock like they did against Schalke by coming out on top against a team that boasted of 37 unbeaten home streak in all competitions.
The hosts came back from a goal down to claim a famous draw at home against Manchester United in the last round, and you can get odds of 11/2 (6.50) according to Ladbrokes on them grabbing share of the spoils this time.
While Fatih Terim’s side are still fresh from a 2-0 defeat of Istanbul in the Turkish league at the weekend, Real Madrid will be welcoming Fabio Coentrao, Raphael Varane, Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Sam Khedira and Angel di Maria back to the team after a disappointing 1-1 draw at Zaragoza in La Liga. However, the only minus for the visitors is the absence of influential Tomas Ujfalusi who is out to knee injury.
With the wind in Cristiano Ronaldo’s sails, he seems to offer excellent value at 7/4 (2.75) to get his name on the score sheet first on Wednesday, while his team mate Karim Benzema who has three goals in the competition is available at 7/2 (4.50) to get the curtain raiser. For the away team, Burak Yilmaz, joint top scorer with eight goals, is rated as 12/1 (13.00) to light up the night with goals.
Galatasaray is at long odds of 35/1 (36.00) win and over 3.5 goals to be scored in the match. Slightly away from this, Real Madrid is an offer at 1/12 (1.08) to qualify for the semi final at the expense of Galatasaray at 11/2 (6.50).