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Isco and goal minutes shine as Champions League Group B bets

| 02.10.2013

Comfortable home wins may be anticipated in the second round of Champions League matches in Group B, but we have dug a little deeper in the hope of uncovering some better value.

Real Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals to be scored in the match @ 31/20

A pasting may well be on the cards here, with Copenhagen deemed the weakest team in Group B and Real Madrid already scoring six in Turkey against Galatasaray.

Madrid are unbackable at 1/12 just to win the game, meaning this has to be doubled up with something else to find a worthwhile price.

Looking back through Copenhagen’s history, they have not conceded more than twice in their last 10 Champions League away games or in their last 34 on the road in all competitions, which suggests the result may not end up being as one-sided as the majority of people expect.

Isco scored four in Madrid’s first three home games this season before the entire team drew a blank in the Bernabeu defeat to Atletico Madrid and he also looks a decent bet at 11/10 to be on target at any point in the 90 minutes.

Juventus v Galatasaray: Goal to be scored between half-time and 59:59 minutes @ 13/10

A home win is likely to be the dish of the day here, given Juventus’ need for points after failing to put away their countless chances when drawing their first group game in Copenhagen, while Galatasaray were tonked at home by Real Madrid.

Juventus to win can be backed at 3/10, while a fourth consecutive victory by a single-goal margin holds some appeal at 3/1.

However, backing a goal to be scored in the first 15-minute period after half-time looks the bet to be on at 13/10.

Juventus scored three in this timeframe in their Italian Charity Shield win to kick off the season with Lazio and five of their seven fixtures since have seen a goal scored in this block.

Meanwhile, Galatasaray have conceded in this 15-minute spell in their last two games.

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

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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.