Goals either side of the break as easy as 1,2,3 for Real Madrid

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Real Madrid are in truly awesome form ahead of the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Schalke in Germany; unbeaten in 26, winning 15 of their last 16 games.

Scary stuff indeed for fans of the fourth-place Bundesliga outfit, whose team find themselves in the highly unusual position of 6/1 long shots to win at home, with Real the 9/20 favourites and the draw at 7/2.

Given the way that Carlo Ancelotti’s free-scoring side have been swatting all-comers like flies of late, there really does seem little point looking beyond another Madrid triumph.

The Galacticos last five games in all competitions have seen them forge five straight victories returning an aggregate score of 15-2 at an average of precisely three goals per game for those mathematicians out there.

Based on this arithmetic alone, the 1/1 on a rudimentary goals haul of 2/3 for the Spaniards in Gelsenkirchen would appear to offer punters as near as anything to a guaranteed profit.

On a similar note, Ancelotti’s goal-plunderers of piratical proportions have also made a healthy habit of breaching opposition bows either side of the break in recent games.

Four of the last five games have seen the Madridistas find the net in both halves, while the other saw them 2-0 up by the recess and backing them to perform the feat again to the tune of 5/6, should bag some more loot too.

What makes things potentially even worse for Schalke, the side that Chelsea dispatched 3-0 here in the group stages, is the return to the line-up of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo for Madrid after a three-match ban.

No doubt raring to make up for lost time, Ronny is 2/1 to score twice or more on the night.

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

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