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Rampant Madrid to keep two-goal streak alive v Dortmund

| 08.04.2014

Whatever joy Jurgen Klopp may feel about Cristiano Ronaldo being a serious doubt for his Borussia Dortmund side’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid, it’s likely to be very short lived.

The German club host Carlo Ancelotti’s giants trailing 3-0 from the first leg of their quarter-final clash and may see the return of their star man, Robert Lewandowski, and Ronaldo’s potential absence as a sign that the tide could turn.

Ladbrokes certainly don’t see that as a possibility, with Dortmund given the outsiders tag at 9/4 to win over the 90 minutes, while Madrid are handed odds of 11/10, with the draw at 11/4.

Whether CR7 takes the field or not though, there is one price that should be lumped on with ferocity and it involves the visitors’ total goals in the game.

It’s 8/11 that the La Liga-title hopefuls score over 1.5 goals in the match and there are plenty of reasons to see that as the perfect chance to pay off the mortgage.

Firstly, Los Blancos have scored two or more goals in their last 10 Champions League outings, a run that stretches back to the second leg of last season’s semi final when Dortmund knocked them out despite losing the game 2-0.

In all competitions, this particular bet would have copped 13 times in the last 15 Real Madrid games, five of which came on the road.

Even without their most recognised goal threat, the Bernabeu club have found scoring easier than reciting the alphabet.

There have been six La Liga and Champions League matches the side have played without Ronaldo in the starting lineup and on each occasion, Madrid scored three or more goals. Gareth Bale has found the net in five of those six games and he’s 2/1 to bag anytime.

With six Dortmund first teamers ruled out and a further four doubtful for the clash, it’s highly unlikely that the Black and Yellows manage to keep a rampaging Madrid at bay.

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

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.