Union Berlin vs Real MadridUEFA Champions League, KO: 20:00 Dec 12, 2023, Olympiastadion
REAL MADRID’s final fixture in Champions League Group C sees them travel to Germany to take on Union Berlin on Tuesday night.
Carlo Ancelotti's side have been pretty much perfect in their pursuit of a 15th European crown, having won each of their opening five group games to date.
As such, Los Blancos are in the box seat at the top of the section and have already booked their place in the round of 16 with room to spare.
However, the Spanish giants haven't been quite as flawless domestically this term and go into this game off the back of a 1-1 draw at Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Union Berlin are occupying bottom spot in Group C with just two points to show for their efforts so far, yet they still have an outside chance of beating Braga to third spot.
Closer to home, the Berliners are also underwhelming this season, though they did move out of the Bundesliga relegation zone with a 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Real Madrid are 4/5 (Bet 365) favourites as they look to maintain their 100% win record in this season’s Champions League.
Real Madrid are worthy favourites here and I’m happy to back the visitors to emerge victorious at 4/5 with Bet 365.
Admittedly, Los Blancos may take their foot off the gas here having already guaranteed top spot, however their superior class should ultimately tell.
What’s more, it's been a truly miserable season for Union Berlin to date, who recently parted company with Urs Fischer after five meteoric years together.
While new boss Nenad Bjelica steered his new side to a morale-boosting 3-1 win on Saturday, that was just the hosts' first win in 17 matches across all competitions.
It’s also remembering that the Iron Ones are operating at the Olympiastadion instead of their familiar home surroundings of the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in the Champions League this season, with both Braga and Napoli banking maximum points on their respective visits to the German capital.
Therefore, with all things considered, backing Real Madrid to flex their muscles and file another three points looks worth taking on at 4/5 (Bet 365).
Given that Jude Bellingham has swiftly established himself as Real Madrid's talisman this season, I'll also back the young English sensation to strike here at 13/8 (UniBet).
To date, Bellingham has scored 16 goals in 18 appearances for the European superpower, so odds-against quotes about the Brummie making the net bulge against a hapless Union Berlin outfit definitely represents value.
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