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Real ready to rally back and beat Juve in Champions League semi

| 13.05.2015

Real Madrid (3/1 Champions League chances) ready themselves as they attempt to give it their all in the last competition where they can win major silverware this season, as they are all-but out of the running to reclaim La Liga.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men go into this second leg semi-final clash with Juventus 2-1 down after losing in Turin, but are still odds-on favourites with Coral both for victory in 90 minutes at the Bernabeu at 8/13 and 8/11 to qualify.

“We feel good and if we play like this on Wednesday then everything will go well,” the Italian said ahead of the clash, after his side recently drew in La Liga to Valencia to all-but end their top-flight hopes.

Managing counterpart Massimiliano Allegri, whose Juventus team are 11/10 to qualify for the final, meanwhile, added: “I won’t know my starting line-up right until the last minute.

“We know it will be a very difficult game in Madrid and a different one entirely, a more attacking affair. We passed up four or five decent chances in the first leg. We’ll have to put them away at the Bernabeu if we want to go through.”

Since 1962, this duo are neck-and-neck in head-to-heads, having won eight apiece and drawn only once. Another share of the spoils in 90 minutes at 3/1 would be enough to see Juve through.

Former Los Blancos striker Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez were the scorers in the first leg for the Serie A side, and are respective 10/3 and 11/4 chances to find the net anytime again here.

Another Spaniard, Basque-born Fernando Llorente, is also a tempting 7/2 shout, as he has seven goals against Real before (two for the Italians).

Juve, meanwhile, will be boosted by the return of in-demand midfield star Paul Pogba, who missed out on the match in Turin due to injury. The Frenchman netted on his return to first team action against Cagliari at the weekend, and is 11/2 in the anytime market.

“We know it’s going to be really difficult,” Pogba said ahead of the game. “They’re used to playing in semi-finals and they won the competition last year.

“They’re playing at home so it’s going to be even harder for us. But we want to win and we’ll do everything we can to pull it off.”

For the hosts, meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is the usual suspect, and will be looking to add to his 54 goals in all competitions this term. The Portuguese superstar, who netted in the reverse fixture against Juve and has four in three meetings with them, is odds-on at 4/5 to strike anytime, and 7/2 for two or more.

Ancelotti will have a decision to make up front, as Karim Benzema returns to fitness, but he may decide to stick with in-form Manchester United loanee Javier Hernandez. Both are 7/4 to score anytime.

If you fancy taking a punt on a match special, we have two on offer (both a maximum stake of £20). Tempting odds of 11/4 are available for Real Madrid to win and both teams score, while you can take a price of 13/2 for both Ronaldo and Tevez to net in 90 minutes.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.