Wednesday night brings two giants of football together when Real Madrid play Manchester United in what should be an intriguing game at the Bernabeu in the Champions League last 16.
Real Madrid are favourites with the bookies for this clash with 4/6 the best price available with Paddy Power, a United win is 9/2 with Bet365 and if you think a draw is the most likely outcome then you can get 7/2 also with Bet365.
Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid find themselves 16 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and he will be desperate to win this competition and I think that Real will have too much for United in this tie.
If you look at the stats this certainly backs this up…
Real Madrid have won three out of their last four encounters against Manchester United, In their most recent meeting Madrid beat United 6-5 on aggregate. A 3-1 win at the Bernabeu and a 4-3 loss at United which included a hat-trick from Ronaldo (Brazil), Real Madrid's home record against English teams read W6 D4 L2, while United's away record against Spanish opponents reads W2 D8 L10. Mourinho has only lost two out of twelve encounters with Ferguson.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick which came in 59 minutes in Real’s last game against Sevilla, was the perfect preparation for this game and he even had an extra 30 minutes rest after he was substituted after his job was done. He has scored 6 times in the Champions League this season and don’t put it past him to add to that tally on Wednesday night.
William Hill Promotions for this match:
Ronaldo to score in a Real Madrid win – 13/8
Van Persie to score in a Man Utd win – 9/1
United come into this game after all but wrapping up the league title after beating Everton to leave them 12 points clear at the top and confidence sky high. RVP has 3 goals in the UCL this season and United will need the Dutchman in top form if they are to get anything from this game.
In conclusion, Real should win this fixture with their attacking threat and superior midfield, Ronaldo will probably score. I also expect United to score also.
Ronaldo to score and Madrid to win – 13/8 William Hill
Ronaldo & RVP to score anytime – 5/1 William Hill
Correct score 3-1 – 12/1 Bet Victor
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