Champions League Betting: Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund

Mike Richardson

Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:44 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 7:44 PM UTC

The Champions League means there is a champion’s profit available to be won if you just listen to your Humble Handicapper’s top soccer tips. The first match that catches his gambling eye is Real Madrid vrs Borussia Dortmund.

We do have to mention that so far Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League top scorer this season with 13 goals (and sits on 2/9 to be the competitions’s top goalscorer come the final whistle). Real also have the heavy hitter that is Gareth Bale just waiting to sign his name on the greatest stage in European football. The competition basics have Real Madrid at 7/2 to win the Champions league and Borussia Dortmund at 34/1. What’s more Real are 1/4 to qualify and Borussia are 3/1.

These sides don’t face off until April but that’s no reason not to get some early money down on them.

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Enough with the facts….WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
Real Madrid, who are in their fourth successive quarter-final sailed through the group stages, wiping aside teams like Juventus and Galatasaray. And if anything they have improved since their 6-1 opening-night win in Istanbul (if you forget about their recent El Clásico defeat, a defeat predicted by your Humble Handicapper ). Real have 29 goals to their name and are the competition's top scorers and have the two (joint) second most prolific assisters in the Champions League in Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema.

Pub Bore alert!
Real Madrid hold the honour of being involved in the two highest-scoring (that‘s 10 and 8 goal) European Cup finals. Back in 1960, they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 at Hampden Park, but two years later they lost 5-3 to Benfica.

Borussia Dortmund are last year's defeated finalists and had to work harder to get through a demanding group containing Arsenal, Napoli and Marseille. However, overcome it they did and then crushed Zenit St Petersburg in the opening leg of the knockout round in Russia. Dortmund’s counter-attacking power has only been boosted by the arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But their Weaknesses are mostly defensive, probably because they have been beset by injuries for most of the season.

Looking at the head to head stats, Real Madrid have come out on top twice from the last five and Dortmund have won two themselves. The other meeting (from the last five) was a 2-2 draw. In three of the last four games were we’ve seen a clear winner it has been in the home side favour. What is more interesting is that the goals for and against tally has 11 goals for Real Madrid and 8 for Dortmund.

Prediction: Sorry Dortmund but Real are going through.

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