REAL MADRID mauled Schalke 6-1 in Germany last season and should win in tonight's last-16 first leg when they return to the Veltins Arena.

After a 10th Champions League crown last season the Spaniards are aiming to become the first side to successfully defend their title.

There's little or no chance of Schalke stopping their charge and BetVictor and others make Real no bigger than 1-12 to qualify while an away win tonight pays 4-9 with most firms.

Remember routed Schalke 9-2 on aggregate last season and won all six of their group games while Schalke squeezed through despite conceding 14 times – more than any other qualifier – so there should be plenty of goals tonight.

Carlo Ancelotti is missing the likes of Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez but Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo each scored twice that 6-1 romp and are all available.

Schalke will be without key men Julian Draxler and Jefferson Farfan while ex-Real star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar can play but is serving a domestic ban. First-choice keeper Ralf Fahrmann is out for the season and their No.2 is also injured so 19-year-old rookie Timon Wellenreuttler will be between the sticks and Real will love that.

Real have scored in 26 out of 27 Champions League away games and and if you believe the home men will strike too look at both to score at 7-10 at Ladbrokes.

Ronaldo has only scored in only three of his last 10 games but is 3-1 favourite with William Hill to break the deadlock.

He has hit five in six CL games Karim Benzema has four and he might be a better bet to net first at 4-1 with Hills who go 5-1 Bale.

Real should win this with plenty to spare and I like them minus one at 6-5 with Skybet.

The other tie sees Basel take on Porto and it's a tough one to call. I think Porto will qualify and they are 4-9 at Paddy Power and bet365 to do so.

However, winning at Basel won't be easy and best bet could be both to score in what could be an open game. That pays 1-1 at Betfred.

For a scorer what about Jackson Martinez who is in hot form after hitting 12 in last 13 matches. He is 9-5 at BetVictor.

Recommended Bets

Benzema to score first
(4-1, William Hill)

Real -1
(6-5, Skybet)

Basel v Porto btts (7.45pm)
(1-1, Betfred)

  1. Sir.Kings 4 years ago

    Basel have never past the round of 16 since 1972/73 season

  2. nexus 4 years ago

    Schalke have conceded 19 goals in their last six Champions League knockout games (D1 L5).

    Real Madrid have won 18 of their last 20 Champions League games (D1 L1), their only defeat in that time coming in Germany against Borussia Dortmund in last season’s quarter finals (0-2).
    They are the only side to have won all their games in the competition this season (6/6).

  3. recoba1980 4 years ago

    Benzema is a bit like McCoy an me with the horses.
    I back him its Ronaldo first goal an back Ronaldo its… well you get my point!? Benzema is better value and Ronaldo can play him in as soon as score. Its a tough call!

    Bale it is then :P

  4. recoba1980 4 years ago

    A big $8 on Ronaldo 11/4…$5 on method of next goal=free kick @16/1 ;)
    Effort Ronaldo but must do better! lol

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