Three bets to back for Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund tie

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A depleted Dortmund head to Madrid with Real looking to exact revenge for their semi-final defeat at the hands of the German side last term.

Los Blancos are 2/5 for victory at home, with the Bundesliga club a distant 13/2 for victory, while the draw is available at 4/1. However while these odds may tempt, we have three top tips for you follow ahead of the first leg clash this week.

Cristiano Ronaldo to score first @ 9/4

Though he is hardly the most imaginative of choices the stats certainly back up Ronaldo as the prime pick for first goalscorer, with the Portuguese grabbing the opener in three of Real Madrid’s four Champions League games at the Santiago Bernabeu this term.

CR7 also scored the first goal in the first leg of last season’s semi-final face-off with Dortmund and is in good form, having grabbed the opener in three of their last four competitive fixtures going into this encounter.

Both teams to score @ 7/10

The goals have flowed at both ends for these two sides and it wouldn’t be a shock to see Dortmund and Real get on the score sheet. Los Blancos have scored and conceded in each of their last three home fixtures in the Champions League and have kept just two clean sheets this term in the competition – both against FC Copenhagen.

Dortmund, meanwhile, are on a run of four games in the competition in which they have scored and conceded and have an identical record to the Madrid giants, keeping just two clean sheets in eight games.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score anytime @ 9/2

With Robert Lewandowski missing through suspension, the onus will fall on his Dortmund teammates to find the net in Spain and one man to look out for is Mkhitaryan. The Armenian has enjoyed a solid first season in the Bundesliga with nine goals in 36 appearances from midfield.

And he’s proven to be a particularly valuable asset on the road for Jurgen Klopp’s team in Europe, scoring in two of their last three away fixtures against Arsenal and more recently Zenit St Petersburg. Don’t be surprised if he gets among the goals here, even if it ends up being a consolation strike.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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