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Real Madrid v APOEL Nicosia: No shocks to come from Cypriot side

| 04.04.2012

So straightforward was Real Madrid’s win away to Apoel Nicosia last week that the home side failed to register an attempt on goal, hence Real’s 1/12 price on Wednesday.

Real have always progressed from the Champions League knockout stages after winning the first leg away from home, and tournament minnows Apoel are unlikely to put paid to that by achieving a Bernabeu success at 28/1.

It is 9/1 about the draw, but that outcome also looks out of reach of the visitors, who collapsed after Kaka’s 74th minute strike in the quarter-final first leg.

Jose Mourinho’s men had 28 attempts at the Cypriot outfit’s goal last week, and there looks a very good chance that they will manage to hit the net on more than the three occasions they did last week, with 10/11 the price about 4 or more home goals.

You can get 1/3 about Los Blancos triumphing in a match that features three or more goals as well, and they can breach the defence of the tournament debutants earlier than the 74th minute this time round.

With that in mind, the 11/5 about Real scoring twice in the first half is an attractive proposition, as they have averaged a total of two per home match in the Champions League so far this season.

They have conceded just once in their four home matches as well, and so the 4/7 odds for Real to win to nil as they did in Cyprus last week should attract plenty of interest also.

Cristiano Ronaldo is an obvious first scorer selection at 7/4, which whilst short, still appeals.

Karim Benzema notched a brace in the first leg of this tie though, and could come good for the opener in this match at 9/4, whilst fringe player Jose Callejon could get the chance to impress from the off, and may break the deadlock as a 9/2 shot.



John Klee