Dortmund can leave Madrid unbeaten in Champions League
Real Madrid have a redoubtable record at Santiago Bernabeu that last saw Jose Mourinho’s men defeated in January 2012, when Barcelona were victorious – a run of 40 matches in all competitions. However after securing a first leg victory so comprehensively, Borussia Dortmund can be backed to avoid defeat in Spain at 13/10 in Coral’s double chance market.
Lopsided first leg score lines such as the 4-1 ledger carried over into Tuesday evening’s Real v Dortmund clash have a way of unavoidably setting the trailing side’s tactical cards on the table. Los Blancos will set out on a mission to grab at least three goals meaning there’s little chance they can be cagey.
Against a side of the visitors’ incisive attacking qualities, Madrid’s undeniable compulsion to attack will allow ample opportunity for Dortmund to get about them on the counter and they’ve conceded in seven of their last nine home games. With Dortmund having conceded on eight of their last 10 road trips and the hosts denied a home goal just once in the last two seasons both teams to score looks a no-brainer at 2/5 with Coral.
Given both teams seem likely notch their uber-prolific frontmen, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo – both of whom have bagged 12 goals in their last 10 club outings – can be backed at 7/4 and 1/2 to score at any time in second leg respectively. A double on the pair – who both notched in the first leg pays £41.20 to a £10 stake at Coral.
Jurgen Klopp’s Schwarzgelben may have a chequered recent away record in domestic skirmishes, winning just three of their last eight German away games, but they’re Euro-savvy travellers and the only unbeaten side left in this year’s Champions League.
Having secured a two-all draw at the Bernabeu in the group stages, a partizan Merengues crowd won’t be too much of shock to the system and the visitors will have grown from the experience, after being robbed of a famous win by an 89th minute Mesut Ozil strike. On that occasion the Ruhrmen invited home pressure with poor second period ball retention – a point which arch-tactician Klopp will surely have made to his players.
Madrid will be almost as keen to avoid conceding goals as scoring them in the first half as any further swelling of the visitors’ goals account could make the tie a formality. If Dortmund haven’t crumbled half time the situation will be desperate for Mourinho’s charges, with chances at both ends likely follow – Coral are 13/8 that the second half contains more than 2.5 goals.