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Enjoy a Real Madrid inspired enhanced treble at Ladbrokes

| 18.02.2015

Here at News.Ladbrokes we love a tenuous link as much as the next person, so when it came time to write about the latest treble enhancement from the bookmaker we couldn’t help but notice a theme running through the three teams involved.

Real Madrid take centre stage in our new offer, which sees Los Blancos boosted to win this Wednesday along with Middlesbrough and Porto with the odds on all three winning boosted from 6/1 to 7/1 at Ladbrokes.

But this is an enhanced treble that has more to do with Los Merengues than you may think.

Real Madrid are the main focus, with Carlo Ancelotti’s team travelling to Gelsenkirchen in Germany to face a Schalke side that may still be wearing psychological scars from their last encounter with the Champions League holders.

Los Blancos romped to a 6-1 win at the Veltins-Arena this time last year and will be expected to come out on top again with Schalke slipping to a surprise 1-0 defeat last time out in the Bundesliga against Eintracht Frankfurt.

But the Real Madrid influence does not end there with Middlesbrough, who are coached by former Galacticos legend and one time assistant manager Aitor Karanka, in action against Birmingham City at St Andrews.

The Blues have gone six games without a victory and could be in for a torrid time against the Spaniard’s free-flowing Boro side, who are on a five-game winning run in the Championship.

And the Los Blancos theme does not finish there either, with Porto the third and final part of our Real Madrid-inspired treble.

On paper, Porto have little in common with the Primera Division leaders but it’s only on closer inspection that we note the presence of Julen Lopetegui in the Estadio do Dragao dugout.

A former goalkeeper at Real Madrid during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lopetegui also spent time as the manager of the club’s B team before working with several of Spain’s youth sides.

Now working in Portugal, the Spaniard will be aiming to claim a fifth consecutive win as Porto manager, as part of a sequence of results in which the Dragoes have lost just one of their last 12.

Porto went through the group phase unbeaten, picking up seven points from a possible nine on the road and will be confident of victory in Switzerland against a Basel that lost 5-1 earlier in the campaign to … you’ve guessed it, Real Madrid.

All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.