Real Madrid vs Schalke Tips

ITV1 Tuesday 10th March / 7.45pm

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Over 3.5Total Goals23/20BetVictor
Karim Benzema (ew)First Goalscorer9/2Paddy Power
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (ew)First Goalscorer12/1Paddy Power

Real Madrid welcome Schalke to the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening in their Last 16 Champions League second leg tie.

Schalke have a mountain to climb to progress through to the quarter-final stages having lost 0-2 at home in the first leg – indeed you can get 50/1 with Bet365 on the German side qualifying.

As far as the 90 minute betting is concerned, Real Madrid are available at best odds of just 1/4 with Betfred, while Schalke can be backed at 14/1 and the draw at 13/2 – both with BetVictor.

Given that the visitors, who are currently in fifth spot in the Bundesliga, have to score at least three goals here, we can see a high scoring game and it may well be worth backing ‘Over 3.5 Goals’ at stand-out odds of 23/20 with BetVictor.

Most punters will be looking to back Ronaldo to score the first goal – he did so in the opening leg – and of course he is the favourite to do so again here. But he looks awfully short at odds of no bigger than 5/2. Instead, we are going to suggest the other Real Madrid goal machine.

Karim Benzema has scored 85 goals in 183 appearances for the Spanish giants and this year he already has five Champions League goals, just one fewer than Ronaldo, plus he has scored 19 goals in 38 cup and league games this season in total.

He can be backed each-way to score first at a relatively huge looking 9/2 with Paddy Power, who pay 1/3 odds for the place in this market – which gives you odds of 6/4 on him to score any of the first 5 goals. That certainly compares favourably with odds as short as 8/13 on the Frenchman in the Anytime Goalscorer markets.

Given we expect plenty of goals here, it’s only logical to suggest that their centre forward can grab at least one.

But we’ll also recommend a punt on Schalke’s star striker, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, to score first, each-way too, at a best price of 12/1 with Paddy Power.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Over 3.5Total Goals23/20BetVictor
Karim Benzema (ew)First Goalscorer9/2Paddy Power
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (ew)First Goalscorer12/1Paddy Power