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Real Madrid vs Barcelona – Mourinho to retain home record

| 27.04.2011

Real Madrid have been dominant at home in the Champions League this season and it is 13/8 that they maintain this run with a victory in the first leg of the semi final with arch rivals Barcelona.

Match Odds

Jose Mourinho has led Real Madrid to five wins out of five at the Bernabeu in the Champions League and even more impressive is that they have managed to score 15 goals in these contests without conceding once.

However, to continue this streak they will have to end a run of three games without a triumph over Barcelona at the Bernabeu, which includes a 1-1 draw in the La Liga meeting earlier this month.

The last time that Barcelona fell to defeat at the Bernabeu was in 2008 and they are also 13/8 in the Champions League odds to take the first-leg initiative.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola got a monkey off his back in the quarter-final win in Shakhtar as it was the first time he had tasted victory as Barcelona manager in a European away knockout game.

The duo have already met twice in recent weeks and after 90 minutes both showdowns have ended all square.

It is 23/10 that the third meeting also ends in a draw.

First Goalscorer

Barcelona will be relying on Lionel Messi to continue his scoring exploits in the Champions League this season and he is currently the tournament’s top scorer with nine goals.

Messi’s odds are 9/2 to score first against Real Madrid, but he has never previously scored in a Champions League semi final in six attempts.

Real Madrid will be hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo will score again as he did in extra time to help them beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Ronaldo is also valued at 9/2 to score the opener at the Bernabeu.

A £30 stake on the scorecast of Real Madrid beating Barcelona 2-1 and Ronaldo scoring first would return £900. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.