Real Madrid to cruise into the Champions League Quarter Finals?
As far as I am, and pretty much every football fan in the world is, concerned this Champions League last 16 stage tie between Real Madrid and Schalke is all but over following braces from Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at the Veltins-Arena three weeks ago before Klaas Jan Huntelaar pulled a consolation goal back for the Germans. Six away goals for the Spaniards, who are looking like one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season, should be enough for them, right? But with the El Clásico at home to Barcelona coming up at the weekend will they believe that a five goal cushion will be enough and will they step off the gas tonight?
The bookmakers do not believe so and the GR88.com Real Madrid v Schalke betting odds reflect these thoughts.
Real Madrid – 1.23
Draw – 6.40
Schalke – 12.00
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
Not only do Real have a five goal advantage over their German opponents this evening, but when they welcome Schalke to the Bernabeu this evening they have the confidence of a 16 match winning streak in front of their own fans to back them up. On top of this they have recorded nine clean sheets in their last ten home matches, with only Villarreal managing to find the net in this corner of the Spanish capital since Galatasaray managed to score in a 4-1 defeat almost four months ago. With the likes of CR7 and Gareth Bale running rings around the German backline in the first leg, even if they ease up will they prove to be far too good for Schalke tonight?
After their heavy home defeat at the Veltins-Arena to Carlo Ancelotti’s men three weeks ago things did not improve after the match as they had to face German champions Bayern Munich in the next match and they were promptly beaten 5-1. Since then though Schalke have won their last two matches scoring six goals against Hoffenheim and Augsburg, but these two sides sit mid-table in the Bundesliga and Schalke have shown that they are hopelessly outclassed against the best sides in Europe already.
As well as their poor form against the top sides Schalke have scored just one goal in their three away matches in the Champions League this season, while they face a Cristiano Ronaldo that has scored 32 goals in 25 matches in this competition, including having 11 this season alone. Real have not lost in 15 home Champions League ties in almost three years and I cannot see anything but a comprehensive victory for the hosts tonight, even if they rest players, against their German visitors.
Back Real Madrid to beat Schalke by at least three goals (Real -2) @ 2.08 with GR88.com.