APART from death and taxes the one thing certain in life is seeing to Madrid clubs in the Champions League semis.
Only difference this season is they’re meeting for a place in the Final rather than playing for the trophy.
Real have beaten neighbours Atlético in two of the last three finals as well as the 2015-15 quarters and are big favourites at 4-6 with Betway to land another KO blow. Atletico are 6-4 with Marathonbet to make it to Cardiff.
To win tonight’s first leg at home Zinedine Zidane’s men are 5-6 with Ladbrokes and you have to fancy them to edge a tight contest. Atletico are 4-1 at bet365 and William Hill with the draw paying 11-4 with bet365.
Real have won 35 of 41 CL home games since 2010 and but Diego Simeone’s side are unbeaten in 15 away and drew at the Bernabeu in La Liga last month.
Will there be goals? Real have netted in their last 35 at home in this competition but kept just clean sheets in three of their previous 25 matches.
I’m taking a chance on both to score as Atletico will know the value of an away strike. That pays 19-20 at bet365 and if they net it will likely come from Antoine Griezmann who is 5-2 at 888sport to hit the target.
Zidane will be without Gareth Bale so concentrate on Cristiano Ronaldo finding the net. He is 11-10 with William Hill to strike at anytime and 10-3 with the same firm to break the deadlock.
Real’s last 11 CL goals have been scored after the break so consider a 0-0 half-time draw at 19-10 with McBookie.
Martin Atkinson sent off Marouane Fellaini in the Manchester derby on Sunday and is the man in the middle again. It could be fiery and the English ref is 23-10 at Winner to flash another red.
Bets to Consider
Real-Atletico HT 0-0
Ronaldo to score
Real to qualify
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