Atletico out for revenge
Frank Monkhouse | 10 May 2017
Madrid rivals set for a shoot-out
The second leg of the Madrid Derby Champions League semi-final goes ahead on Wednesday evening, live on BT Sport from 7.45pm. Real’s 3-0 win last week suggests this one has been settled, but the hosts won’t accept their fate until the final whistle.
Armchair fans are set for a thrilling night’s viewing, and you can increase your enjoyment with a winning bet right here at Coral. We cater for all your punting needs – click here to bet on a number of markets, including winner, first goal scorer and both teams to score.
Real eager to finish the job
The first leg gave football lovers yet another example of just how gifted Cristiano Ronaldo is. The Portuguese star rifled in a deadly hat-trick to settle the match, and more than likely the round. CR7 broke the deadlock inside 10 minutes last week to settle Los Blancos nerves, and followed that up with a quickfire double in the second-half.
If all goes to plan, and we’re expecting it will – Real 1/100 to qualify – Madrid will be taking part in their third final in four years. Zinedine Zidane’s troops were seen warming up for this clash with a run-of-the-mill 4-0 win over Granada on Saturday. That was their third league win on the bounce, and 26th of the season. Level on points with Barcelona at the top, 10 ahead of Atletico, with a game in hand, that race promises to go right down to the wire.
Coral punters who believe Real will go to the home of their Madrid rivals and prove their dominance with another win can have 8/5 on the away day with us. The team don’t need it, but fans would love to see them reach the final in true style. What better way to achieve it than with a win home and away over your fiercest enemies?
Backers with a bit more confidence in Zidane’s troops can have a chunky 21/5 on them winning to nil again, while Ronaldo to score the first goal of the game is a 7/2 option.
Atletico owe their fans a win
Home fans will arrive feeling sorry for themselves, but enough can be taken from the stats to suggest they can go and win this one, even if they don’t make it to the final. The recent head-to-head form shows Atletico have lost only one of their last five home matches with Real, and our football guys have them at 31/20 to win here.
The locals to qualify for the final doesn’t stand a chance, according to our traders, and lovers of an uphill struggle can get 14/1 on them playing in Cardiff.
Real Madrid’s five away games in this season’s competition has seen both teams score. With Diego Simeone’s side out of the title race and staring at elimination from the Champions League, home players will feel they owe it to their support to go and win this one. Having both teams to score will give neutrals something to cheer at 6/10, which can be included in midweek accumulators, while those after a bit more of a price could try both score in a home win at 7/2.