Manchester United and Real Madrid lock horns on Tuesday evening in the Champions League round of 16 second leg and with the score currently tied at 1-1, it is all to play for between these two giants of European football.
Whichever team can go on and win on Tuesday night will then fancy their chances of going all the way and lifting the famous trophy at Wembley in May, but Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho are sure to be concentrating on this match and this match alone.
Ferguson and Mourinho have had some epic battles over the years, but this one looks like being the biggest of them all. They are sure to share a bottle of something after the game, but for 90 minutes – possibly longer – these two world class managers will be fierce rivals.
Old Trafford has been a fortress in recent weeks, with United winning their last ten matches on home soil.
That said though, Real Madrid are the strongest side to come to the home of the Red Devils and the hosts know it is going to be a tough encounter for them.
The bookmakers are sure to be taking a lot of bets on this match and Ferguson’s men do look like good value to win inside 90 minutes as they are available at 23/10 with William Hill.
United come into this one on the back of a 4-0 win over Norwich City, which was a match where they were never really tested, so they should be fully-fit and raring to go in this clash.
As for Real, they are also full of confidence after beating bitter rivals Barcelona twice in the space of a few days.
Their preparation could not have been much better either as Mourinho was able to rest some key men over the weekend and still beat Barca, so the Spanish giants are certainly playing well at the moment.
A bet on an away win on the night is being offered at 13/10 with Betfred, which also looks to be decent odds with the quality they have at their disposal.
With the attacking football that is likely to be played, betting on the first goal-scorer is sure to be popular and it is no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo is the 4/1 favourite with BetVictor to score the first goal of the game.
Then, Robin van Persie is available at 5/1 with Bet365 and after going a few weeks without a goal, he will be desperate to get on the score-sheet this time out.
We think that the correct score market is the way to get some money off the bookies though and we fancy this being a very entertaining 2-2 draw. This result would of course send Real Madrid through via the away goals rule and its chances of it happening are rated at 123/10 with Betfair.
It should be an enthralling encounter that you don’t want to be missing.
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