Should We Back Real Madrid to Bounce Back in UCL?

It’s fair to say that Champions League Group B can also be known as the Group of Death, with Real Madrid and Internazionale having the misfortune to be in the same section as Borussia Monchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk, two teams who are highly capable and have plenty of pedigree from a domestic and European point-of-view.

Can Real Madrid Bounce Back from Miserable Start?

Zinedine Zidane’s side struggled to get going in their group opener against Shakhtar, going 3-0 down to the Ukrainian champions before rallying after half-time although they were still defeated 3-2 and they also needed two late goals away to Borussia Monchengladbach in order to secure their first point of the group stage.

Zidane will be pleased with the character shown by his team on both occasions although there’s a fair amount of pressure on Real Madrid coming into this home clash against Internazionale where a defeat will put them on the brink as far as not qualifying for the last sixteen stage is concerned.

Real are an even money chance to secure the three points, with the home side faring pretty strongly domestically after landing thirteen points in six games, with Real having recently won 3-1 in the Clasico match against Barcelona, although they need to stop giving teams such a big starting advantage.

Inter Keen to Land Champions League Points of their Own

Inter haven’t necessarily had a terrible start to the group stage of the Champions League although they would have anticipated travelling to the Santiago Bernabeu with more than two points on the board, with Antonio Conte’s side having played out a 2-2 draw against Monchengladbach where Romelu Lukaku gave the Serie A team the lead before having to score a late equaliser.

There was then a more solid defensive display when getting a goalless draw at Shakhtar, with odds of 5/2 available about the visitors claiming three points in the Spanish capital although we think they would take a point from this game to make sure they stay alive in the section.

You can get 3/1 about this game ending all square and both sides are sure to tread with caution considering they have both endured sluggish starts and it will be interesting to see what happens in the matches between Monchengladbach and Shakhtar.

What are the Best Bets for this Match?

Inter managed to limit Shakhtar to just one shot on target last week and we’re confident that the visitors will be able to keep things tight, with Samir Handanovic proving to be a solid stopper between the sticks, while Netherlands international Stefan de Vrij is able to ensure that the Italian side can build from the back.

We therefore think that Under 2.5 Goals is a viable bet at 6/4 despite the fact that we have a Real Madrid side who like to deploy an attacking approach, with Zinedine Zidane’s team potentially reining in this strategy and instead trying to squeeze out a 1-0 victory which would move them in the right direction.

Eden Hazard has recently recovered from injury in order to feature for Real Madrid and perhaps it could be worth having a punt on the 17/4 about the home side winning the game after things being level at the break. We certainly expect the opening exchanges to be tight as there is now too much at stake.

Some will feel that Hazard returning to the team and the fact that Zidane must surely improve things from a defensive point-of-view means that Real are actually an attractive bet at 21/20 with Unibet which would look like a massive price if they were actually playing in front of a full house.


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