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Rich 4th Mar 2013 - 22:16

Real to revel in Red Devil misery? Betting Preview

Match betting: Man Utd 21/10; Draw 9/4; Real Madrid 13/10

To qualify: Man Utd 11/10; Real Madrid 4/6

Headline Offer: RvP to score and Man Utd to win 4/1; Kagawa to score and Man Utd to win 11/1; Ronaldo to score and Real to win 5/2

Best Bet: Both Teams to Score 1/2; Ronaldo to score anytime 4/6

Worth a Punt: Raphael Varane to score anytime 7/1; Correct Score: 2-2 12/1; Man Utd to come from behind and win 9/1

In an era where instant gratification of a whole generation is required to quench an insatiable demand for sports news and updates, two of the most glamorous and most-clambered for clubs in the world clash in what could well lead to the end of football as we know it!

Of course, that is only if Crisitano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick (14/1) before swapping sides at half-time because it is unfair on the other team. The Portuguese superstar has a mesmerising goal record at Real, and having already netted 30 goals in his Europe for Los Blancos, he will be out to put his former employers to the sword.

It is rare that such a thing can even be considered of a visiting team, let alone individual, at Old Trafford, and Sir Alex Ferguson will certainly be eager to ensure Ronaldo is, as effectively as is possible, kept quiet. Having lost Phil Jones to injury, who impressed in the first leg, United will be confident that his abscence can be made up easily, but the attentions of a capacity crowd at the Theatre of Dreams are unlikely to rest on a possible weak link at the back when Ryan Giggs makes his way out.

Giggs, known the world round as being one of the best and most reliable footballers of the past two decades, will make his 1000th appearance in a Manchester United shirt in this Champions League tie, and is 7/1 to complete the fairytale by scoring. The weekend's hat-trick hero Shinji Kagawa finds himself 12/1 to net first in what promises to be an electrifying affair, whilst Real will enter the game knowing that by scoring one goal, the slender advantage Man Utd enter the night with will be eliminated.

Jose Mourinho has guided his much-maligned team to back-to-back victories over their greatest rivals, Barcelona, and to top off what could turn out to be a marquee week for the famous club, a game of such magnitude would expect to see goals! Over 2.5  is presented at a conservative 4/7, whilst you can grab 6/4 on over 3.5, and with the Home of Betting, you can bet on a brand-new combined market of Match Reuslt & Both Teams to Score.

In fact, on top of that value, you can find our latest Priority Price. With updates on Twitter throughout the day, the Priority Price will be released at 18:30, and believe you me, it is one not to be missed! With all of this in mind, William Hill expect a meteoric £20m to be wagered on what is being billed as the biggest match of the season.

"This is quite possibly the biggest game of the season so far and, in terms of betting interest, could easily rival the Manchester United/Barcelona final from a few years ago," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. "Given that the first leg was a draw, this match is a straight shootout between the two form teams in Europe and interest around the globe will be massive. Plus we have the added sidebar of Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford."

OPTA Facts & Stats

  • Real Madrid are one of two Spanish teams to have beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League (Deportivo La Coruña won 3-2, 19 April 2000).
  • The Red Devils have only lost once in their last 14 Champions League home games (nine wins, four draws), the last one against CFR Cluj during the group stage this season.
  • The two Champions League encounters between Manchester Utd and Real Madrid at Old Trafford have produced 12 goals.
  • Lyon were the last team to knock Real Madrid out at the last 16 stage in the Champions League, back in 2009/10 (0-1, 1-1).
  • Manchester United have conceded three goals in each of their two home games against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
  • Real Madrid have only won once in their last five away games in England in the Champions League (two draws, two defeats), against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in April 2011.
  • Real Madrid have only failed to score once in their last 32 Champions League games, against Barcelona in Santiago Bernabeu in April 2011.
  • Real Madrid have failed to keep a clean sheet in the Champions League this season (10 goals conceded).
  • Manchester United have had their woodwork rattled six times, the most of any side in the tournament this season.
  • Real Madrid have had the most shots in this season's Champions League (154, that's 56 more than Manchester Utd).
  • Alex Ferguson has only won twice in his 15 competitive encounters against José Mourinho (seven draws, six defeats).
  • Only Didier Drogba has scored more headed goals (8) than Cristiano Ronaldo (7) in the Champions League since 2003/04.
  • Angel Di Maria's four assists in CL 2012/13 have all been delivered against Manchester teams (3 against City, 1 against United).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven goals in 23 Champions League games at Old Trafford. He has 16 goals in 18 games at the Bernabeu.

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