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Real Madrid v Galatasaray: Both teams to score hard to oppose

| 03.04.2013

Real Madrid are hard to back to simply beat Galatasaray at the Bernabeu in the Champions League at 2/11, but there is some mileage in tipping a victory for Jose Mourinho’s men in a game where both teams are on target at 31/20.

Goals have been a common theme through Real’s European nights so far this season, as both teams have been on target in all eight of their Champions League fixtures.

Meanwhile, Galatasaray have hardly been shy when it comes to scoring Champions League goals of late, netting eight times in their last three on the road in the competition.

Key to this has been the goals of the reportedly in-demand Burak Yilmaz, who has struck in six successive Champions League appearances.

He may well be overpriced to add another to his tally at the Bernabeu at 4/1 to score at any time in the 90 minutes, with 12/1 the price that he helps himself to the opener.

However, they have conceded first on three of their four Champions League away days this season and in both of their last two.

Cristiano Ronaldo tends to prefer scoring last over first in the Champions League, so it may be worth opposing him at 7/4, as well as Yilmaz, to break the deadlock.

Gonzalo Higuain has won the nod over Karim Benzema to start Real Madrid’s last two games and so he may be the wisest choice to strike first at 10/3.

Another money-making angle could be how many goals Real Madrid will score and what minutes these goals will arrive in.

Up until being held 1-1 by Manchester United in the last round, Real had scored at least twice in nine consecutive Champions League home games.

Furthermore, they have scored at least four in five of their last nine at the Bernabeu.

It is 1/5 they score at two or more against Galatasaray and 31/20 that they convert a minimum of four chances.

Both of Real’s goals against Man Utd came in the 15-minute period between the hour mark and the 75th minute and this is a period where Mourinho’s men have scored in four of their last seven fixtures.

7/5 is the price that Real Madrid score in this time bracket again.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.