HE CAN FIRE REAL INTO FI­NAL FIRST

Midweek Sport - - BOOKIE BASHER -

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.

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