The best price around about Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the first goal in Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 clash at home to Schalke was 5/2, but Ladbrokes have vaulted that mark by half a point by boosting the bet to 3/1 on matchday.
Ronaldo’s battle for supremacy against Barcelona’s Lionel Messi shows no sign of abating, with one goal separating the two highest scorers in Champions League history, on 75 and 74 respectively.
Portugal’s finest has kept up the good work this term, firing home six in the competition so far.
The fact that Ronaldo has broken the deadlock in three of Los Blancos’ past four Champions League fixtures puts the value of 3/1 into perspective, but his form against Schalke over the past 12 months really hammers the point home.
Ronaldo has scored five goals in his past three clashes with Die Konigsblauen, two of them openers including last time out at Veltins Arena when his side snagged a 2-0 first-leg lead. Snap him up!
Madrid beat Schalke 9-2 on aggregate at this stage last term, and although they only just passed a one-goal handicap at home (having run riot 6-1 in Germany) their opponents look vulnerable to an away pasting.
Roberto Di Matteo’s men have only beaten Paderborn on the road since mid-December, and while a recent 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich was wholly creditable, losses away to Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund since, the latter by a 3-0 scoreline, should worry fans back in Gelsenkirchen.
A range of home-win bets appeal, including half-time/full-time at 8/13, to win to nil at 20/21, and the hosts with a two-goal handicap at 13/10.
For those who foresee something more like the 6-1 inflicted on Schalke in their own backyard just under 13 months ago, Real Madrid (-4) is on offer at 6/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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