HE CAN FIRE REAL INTO FINAL FIRST
Our friends at Opta tell us that 47% of the teams that win the first leg of a Champions League knock out game 2-1 at home make it through to the next round and I think the Spanish giants, with that away goal in Italy, will qualify.
BetVictor make Real 4/6 to make the final and Juve 11/10.
The holders are 13/20 to win the tie with the draw 16/5 and Juve 9/2; the Whites are likely to have Karim Benzema back as a central striker but Toni Kroos was injured in the 2-2 draw with Valencia last weekend and remains a doubt.
That draw looks to have handed the La Liga title to Barcelona and if Los Blancos don’t make it to Berlin next month you would imagine that Ancelotti’s time at the Bernabeu would be at an end.
Gareth Bale has taken some stick off the Madrid faithful in recent weeks but he was back to something like his best, especially in the first half, at the weekend and he is 6/1 to score first and 13/8 to find the back of the net at anytime. The latter makes appeal.
Bale is reported to have few allies at the Bernabeu, hasn’t learnt the language and often casts a forlorn figure.
If you think he will leave Madrid this summer the below market might be of interest. It’s BetVictor’s odds on Gareth Bale to sign before the end of the summer transfer window: Man United 6/4 Chelsea 10/1 Bayern 20/1 Man City 20/1 PSG 25/1 Liverpool 33/1 Angel Di Maria’s days look numbered at United but would Bale fit into Louis van Gaal’s new regime? The feature of day one of York’s three day May meeting is the 6f Duke Of York Stakes and it looks a top class renewal.
MUTHMIR looks a poten- tial sprinting star this season but he has never won first time out and just might be a bit keen this afternoon.
Whatever he does today the 20/1 for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot next month looks too big although he does need good or faster ground to be seen at his best.
LUCKY KRISTALE was given a poor ride by Tom Queally at Newmarket on reappearance and she is taken to reward each way support at 12/1 with BetVictor. The filly had a disappointing season last year when connections tried to stretch her stamina to a mile but she looked happier back sprinting at HQ and can run a big race.