The first installment of the Champions League-housed Madrid derby defied expectations by remaining 0-0, but that will surely change at the European capital of goals, aka the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid average over three goals per game at their world famous lodgings this season, both in the Champions League and incredibly, in La Liga too.
Even on the rare occasions Carlo Ancelotti’s charges suffer defeat, it is an even less common occurrence they are kept off the scoresheet altogether.
Los Blancos’ last three home games before this return leg saw 15 goals scored, nine of which arrived in the same match, as La Liga small fry Granada were picked apart to gift Real a biggest league win since 1967.
No prizes for guessing the identity of Madrid’s main protagonist in the rout either. It is not often Cristiano Ronaldo breaks new ground these days, but the Ballon d’Or winner scored five for the first time in his senior career during the 9-1 pummelling.
Ronaldo also just passed the half-century mark for the season, which would sound outrageous if anybody else had done it barring Lionel Messi, when notching on his last outing against Malaga at the Bernabeu.
It will come as staggering news to some then, that Ladbrokes are risking a price boost on the man who puts all struggling strikers to shame.
CR7 will be available at 4/1, boosted from 3/1 to score the game’s first goal when Atletico pay a visit on Wednesday night.
Level on Messi with eight goals for the competition at this stage, and one behind Shakhtar’s Luiz Adriano who is fresh out of opportunities to add to his tally, there is also the small matter of the top scorer award to fight for.
Basically, there is little to discourage a poke on this promotion.
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