With matchday one of the Champions League completed, it’s a great time to start sizing up some of the best potential money-spinning punts moving forward.
Having hopped over the first hurdle in convincing fashion against potentially their biggest rivals for group supremacy in Bayer Leverkusen, United should now push on with confidence.
Aside from the anomaly of two seasons ago when they crashed out, the Red Devils have achieved this feat the last six times they’ve played in the competition.
Atletico Madrid may have stolen the headlines with a 3-1 home win over Zenit in this group, though Porto’s less glamorous 1-0 win could be significant.
The Portuguese champions finished Group A with 13 points last season after winning all their home matches, while picking up four more points on the road.
Whereas Diego Simeone’s side are making their first Champions League appearance under the Argentine, stalwarts Porto are so strong at the Estadio de Dragao and have the nous to prevail.
Real’s display in beating last season’s quarter-finalists Galatasaray 6-1 in Turkey was nothing short of breathtaking.
Now they have fresh impetus having replaced Jose Mourinho with double-Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and brought in Isco and Gareth Bale to bolster their attack, this can finally be their year.
Last season’s top scorer halted a run of four consecutive years of Lionel Messi-domince over the award, which of course was won by Ronaldo the year before that.
Both have started with a hat-trick, but with Barcelona being so ruthlessly exposed by Bayern Munich last season, and under the premise Madrid can go all the way, then Ronny gets the nod.
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