Real Madrid to overcome the handicap when Schalke make CL visit

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It’s not just a spot in the Champions League’s quarter finals that Real Madrid are chasing when they host Schalke in the round-of-16 second leg, but competition records too.

Should they see off their German challengers at the Bernaabeu on Tuesday night, Los Blancos will share the tournament record for consecutive home wins with 12, while setting a new mark for successive wins, home or away, too.

Victory, which is priced up as a 1/5 possibility with Ladbrokes, would be the 11th in a row for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the elite European competition, beating the record held by Bayern Munich up to now.

Triumph would signal a return to form for the Spanish giants, as they have had two winless games prior to the arrival of Roberto Di Matteo fifth-placed Bundesliga outifit.

That shouldn’t be too tough a task against a side that have simply been horrific travellers over the course of the season. Schalke have won just four times on the road this season and are three games into their latest joyless run.

Not even the most cash-lined Cheltenham goer is likely to profit from backing a Los Blancos win though. Instead, a dabble into the handicap market provides greater bang for your buck.

Saddling Real with a two-goal deficit from the outset provides odds of 13/10 that they will come back and win.

Considering they scored nine goals across the two games they played against the Royal Blues at this stage last year, before beating them 2-0 in the first leg, that’s a handsome price.

Alternatively there is the 8/13 on Real Madrid leading at both the half-time and final whistles, which they’ve managed in nine of their last 11 home games.

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

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