In one of the most highly anticipated Champions League games so far, if the Premier League leaders win at the Bernabeu Paddy Power will refund selected losing bets
Manchester United moved 12 points clear of rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon after a win over Everton at Old Trafford and now Sir Alex Ferguson’s side turn their attentions to the Champions League, and a trip to face some familiar faces in Madrid.
The first knockout stage of the competition has paired United with last season’s La Liga winners Real Madrid and although Los Blancos have been somewhat off the pace this season the Spanish side are still favourites to progress.
Jose Mourinho’s men have fallen 16 points behind Barcelona in the title race but Paddy Power make them 4/7 (1.57) shots to qualify over two legs in this tie, while Manchester United are available at 5/4 (2.25) with the same firm to make the quarter finals.
As well as over 75 markets on the match, Paddy Power will refund all losing first goalscorer, last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match if Manchester United win the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the 7/2 (4.50) favourite to open the scoring on Wednesday night, which is no surprise given the Portugal international warmed up for the match by notching a hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday evening.
Those who have seen how well Robin van Persie has begun his Manchester United career could be tempted by the 7/1 (8.0) quote on the Netherlands international to open the scoring. Wayne Rooney, who has five goals in his last five games for club and country can be backed at 9/1 (10.0) to score first.
It’s been 10 years since these two clubs met in European competition but their two games in 2003 provided 11 goals between them. In the first of those two matches a Zinadine Zindane inspired Madrid side claimed a 3-1 victory over Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
The same scoreline can be backed at 11/1 (12.0) with Paddy Power while a 3-1 win with Cristiano Ronaldo opening the scoring pays 30/1 (31.0) with the same firm.
A Real Madrid win is far from a foregone conclusion though, Jose Mourinho’s side are still impressive at home but their inconsistent domestic form will give United hope that they can earn an advantage. ahead of the return leg.
Whatever your bet for this game, Paddy Power’s offer to refund all losing first goalscorer, last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match if Manchester United win the match will add some extra insurance to those longer priced fancies for Wednesday evening at the Bernabeu.
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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