Pick Real Madrid -250 Over Copenhagen in Champions League

Steven Suarez

Monday, December 9, 2013 8:11 PM GMT

Will Cristiano Ronaldo play or not? That's the big question, but either way Los Galacticos are going to be favored by a huge margin for this away match at FC Copenhagen. Without their star can Real Madrid earn a spot in our soccer picks?

Odds Overview

If you want to back Real Madrid you'll have to do it at a price of -250, as that's what sportsbooks are dishing out for now. Those soccer betting lines could rise even more as we get nearer and nearer to kickoff.

The Lions aren't given much of a chance at +720, while a draw ranges from +350 to +400. You can see more soccer betting lines at SBRodds.com.

FC Copenhagen

In the Danish league, Copenhagen is currently in second place, with consecutive wins over Brondby (3-1) and FC Vestsjaelland (1-0) helping the cause. Only FC Midtjylla is ahead of them in the standings.

As for their Champions League performances, the Lions are tied on four points with Galatasaray. They're unbeaten at home (one win, one draw) but have lost all three away matches while owning a goal differential of minus eight.

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Though they can't advance from the group stages, a win on Tuesday would give Copenhagen a berth into the Europa League. The prospects of staying in Europe will give the home team plenty to play for here.

Stale Solbakken's crew have been a tough out for opponents, but they'll really be up against it versus one of the world's most talented outfits.

The good news? The Lions have been terrific at home. While they're unbeaten in the group stages at the Parken Stadium, they've carried over that form in domestic play. They have six wins, three draws and one loss and have scored more goals (20) than any other team in the Danish league.

Real Madrid

Los Galacticos have been scoring goals seemingly at will lately, but they were held at bay in their midweek Cup clash with Olimpic. It was a weakened starting XI for Real Madrid, but that's no excuse.

Carlo Ancelotti's outfit will try to bounce back in the Champions League, a competition in which they've recorded great results. They're unbeaten (four wins, one draw) in five matches and have been averaging nearly four goals per appearance.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both missed out in the recent cup draw, but they've been back in training and are expected to return to live match action this weekend.

That's a massive boost for Ancelotti of course, considering both had been in mighty good form. Ronaldo's scored eight goals with two assists in four Champions League appearances, and Bale has scored twice in two matches.

But, it won't be a full-strength side for Real Madrid. Raphael Varane, Fabio Coentrao, Sami Khedira and Sergio Ramos won't be available for various reasons.

Champions League Pick

Copenhagen has played very well at times, especially on their home ground, but they're coming up against an elite team here.

In the first meeting, Real Madrid won 4-0 thanks to braces from Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria. They wholly dominated the affair, controlling nearly 60 percent of the possession and recording 23 total shots, seven of which were on goal.

It will obviously be a lot more difficult away from Madrid this time, but we reckon Ronaldo and company's quality will shine through once again. We'll take Los Galacticos as our soccer pick to make it a clean sweep by beating the Lions for the second time.

Pick: FC Copenhagen 0 Real Madrid 2

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