Football betting tips for Schalke v Real Madrid in tonight’s Champions League with free match predictions and preview.
Reigning champions and tournament favourites Real Madrid look to continue their 100% record in the Champions League this year. They make their way to Germany to face Schalke, the match is live on Sky Sports 19:45 tonight evening and here are some free football betting tips.
Schalke v Real Madrid Preview
Having crashed out to the same opponents in the quarter-finals last year, Schalke will need to improve significantly if they are to avoid the same misfortune. The German side slumped to an embarrassing 6-1 loss on their own patch before recording a 9-2 aggregate defeat overall. Needless to say, that is an absolute pasting.
Schalke achieved a modest eight points during the group phase and managed to book their place in the knockout stages at the expense of third placed Sporting Lisbon. Their domestic form has been mixed of late but they still sit forth in the Bundesliga. Their last three games have seen an excellent win against fellow Champions League rivals Borussia Monchengladbach and a fine 1-1 draw away at Bayern Munich. However, this was followed up this weekend a disappointing 1-0 defeat to mid-table Frankfurt, thus highlighting the unpredictable nature of the German side.
As you would expect, Real Madrid head into the match in decent form and Carlo Ancelotti's men hold a one point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Nevertheless, life hasn't exactly been plain sailing of late as Real recorded a shambolic 4-0 defeat away to rivals Atletico, and star player Cristiano Ronaldo recently served a three match ban following a calamitous meltdown away at Córdoba.
The Ballon D'or winner is also enduring his worst goal drought for four seasons – albeit a mere three games – and missed an uncharacteristic sitter at home to Deportivo at the weekend. There's no coincidence that this downturn in fortunes has coincided with the demise of his five year relationship with Irina Shayk, enough for the best of us to get the hump, so perhaps he deserves a bit of slack.
The latest betting odds for Real Madrid v Schalke tonight have Schalke huge underdogs at 7/1, with the draw on offer at 4/1. Real Madrid are runaway favourites at a best priced 4/9, which considering the Spanish giants are on a flawless run in the completion, are still decent enough odds.
Nevertheless, unless you're willing to lump a hefty chunk of your wages on the win outright, you might be better served trying to sniff out some value in the other markets.
Real have scored the most amount of first half goals in the Champions League and La Liga this season, and this was also the outcome on both occasions in their meetings last year.
With this in mind, for our first Schalke v Real Madrid betting tip, back Real Madrid to be winning at half-time and at full-time at 11/10 with Bet Victor.
Moving into the goalscoring markets and a couple of players have caught my eye, unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of them. Despite his minor slump in form, you cannot argue with a tally of 37 goals already this season. It's an absolutely ludicrous return considering we are in the month of February.
At odds of 3/1 with William Hill, bet on Ronaldo to score first. Should he score second goal of the match the bookmaker will refund your stake. This is an excellent piece of insurance.
Straying slightly to the anytime scorer market for tonight’s football tips and Wednesday's clash should see the return of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The former Madrid man has recently finished serving a six match ban for an absolute shocker of a challenge in the Bundesliga, but should slot straight back into the team. The Dutch international has scored eight goals in ten Champions League games at the Veltins Arena and also notched a consolation strike in the 6-1 drubbing last year.
At 3/1 with Ladbrokes, back Huntelaar to score against his old club tonight.
Football Betting Tips: Schalke v Real Madrid
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