Over 3 goals @ 2.098
Real Madrid welcome Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to the Bernabeu Stadium for the first-leg of their mouth watering Champions League clash. Both sides have a fantastic tradition in the competition having won it a record 12 times between them. Real Madrid Head Coach Jose Mourinho has endured a tough season at the club with media speculation suggesting the two time Champions League winner will leave the club at the end of the season. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas misses out through injury so Diego Lopez continues to deputise in goal. Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo comes up against his former club and mentor for the first time since his departure from Old Trafford. The Portuguese international scored another hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Sevilla which took his tally to 182 goals in 179 appearances for the Spanish club.
In-form Manchester United travel to Madrid buoyed by their 2-0 win against Everton on Sunday. Goals from Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie extended United’s lead at the top of the Premier League to 12 points after their third successive league win. Sir Alex Ferguson could be without two of his defenders with Phil Jones and Jonny Evans struggling with knocks. With the first-leg away from home United are expected to revert to a cautious 4-5-1 formation as they look to nullify the Madrid attack with Robin van Persie the lone forward. Wayne Rooney could be asked to play a supporting role wide in midfield.
A pulsating game between two sides with strong attacks can lead to a high scoring game.