Borussia Dortmund hope to continue their fine form in recent times when they welcome Madrid in the Champions League first leg semi final match in Germany. Though, the German side seem to be underdogs in this tie, they would be looking forward to making home advantage count.
This encounter will be the third between both sides who had earlier met in the group stage with Jurgen Klopp’s men emerging as the better side. Ladbrokes is tipping the hosts who have been intimidating at home having won all five games in this season’s tournament as a 17/10 (2.7) shot to win the first leg.
For the Spanish giants who were dazed 2-1 earlier at this same venue during the group stage matches and have lost just once in 15 matches in all competitions, they are favorites to record an away victory with a mouthwatering odd of 6/4 (2.5). Considering the splendid domestic forms of both team, the draw is a 12/5 (2.5) bet.
Die Borussen are yet to be beaten and will have the luxury of naming a full strength line-up for the visit of the former European champions. It will be recalled that the homers had earlier dismissed another team, Malaga in the quarter finals. With this in mind, Ladbrokes have tipped them to go goal crazy between 0-1 goals at 3/5 (1.6), a bet which is worthwhile.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading goal scorer in this season’s championship with eleven goals and is rated at 7/2 (4.5) to open floodgates of goals, while backing him to get a hatrick at 16/1 (17.00) maybe a value bet.
For the hosts, Robert Lewandowski is on offer at 11/2 to get the curtain raiser in this tie that will set Europe alive. Although Real Madrid will be without Alvaro Arbeloa and Marcelo, Mourinho’s side are 4/6(1.66) on offer from Ladbrokes to win and under 1.5 goals to be scored in the match.