Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview – Tuesday, 5th April 2011

by Noah Taylor Last Updated

The Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur match promises to be one of the more intriguing quarter-finals. Real have players and a manager who have done it all at this level, where as Spurs are, relatively speaking, the upstart interlopers. That’s quite a simple picture, but it does represent the levels of European experience for manager and players for each team. It’s always important to bear in mind when betting on the first leg of these ties that they are two legged encounters, and getting, or not conceding an away goal can form a notable part of strategy. This match kicks off at 04:45am AST on Wednesday morning.

Real Madrid’s preparation for this game was far from ideal – the culture shock of a home defeat by mid table Sporting Gijon – the first blemish on an otherwise perfect home record in La Liga. Real also have some injury worries going into this game. Gonzalo Higuain has been rushed back, while Karim Benzema struggling to be fit. There have also been mutterings about Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness and he is certainly a worry. His absence would naturally strip Real of their most potent threat. In the last round, Real dimissed Lyon at home having got a draw in France and they also won their group, albeit involving Roma, Basle and Cluj. Despite the weekend’s freak defeat, they have enough ability at home to torment pretty much any side, and Spurs are not, by nature, a team that is defensive, despite their grinding 0-0 at home to AC Milan.

Spurs, like Real, have their build up to this game dominated by injuries. Their main problem is in defence, where on Saturday at Wigan they were literally down to two fit centre-halves. William Gallas is rated as touch and go, Alan Hutton is certainly out and there are injuries to the experienced players like Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate. The suggestions coming out of the Spurs camp, though, do suggest that their key winger Gareth Bale will play having sat out recent matches with a hamstring problem. The odd thing for a side blessed with so many attacking players of quality, they have had a problem scoring goals recently. They’ve not netted in their last three matches and the drought extends to 5 hours without a goal. One was enough at AC Milan but with the squad stretched and the ability to find the back of the net elusive, it looks a tough night.

Real will want a lead to take to London, and they will be keen not to concede the away goal. We expect a 2-0 Real victory here, and like the Spanish side to overcome a 1 goal handicap at $2.10 with Sportsbet Australia. This is a 4/5 bet we expect to deliver.

Back Real Madrid at -1 goal at $2.10 with Sportsbet Australia!

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