Real Madrid betting form
Founded in 1902, Real Madrid have always had one eye on glamour and the other on success, so they will have been delighted to overtake Manchester United as the richest club in the world in Forbes’ recent rich list. What would make that smile even bigger is if they could clinch their tenth European Cup this season – or ‘La Decima’ as it has become known in the Spanish capital during the club’s ruthless pursuit of it.
With only the bookmakers keeping them in the title race in La Liga, it is in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey where Los Blancos are hoping to do some damage this season.
In the final of their domestic cup, Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid and betting markets represent the history of the fixture. Atletico have failed to beat their city rivals since 1999 and, due to this, betting on Real Madrid to lift the King’s Cup is only available at a very short price. Real Madrid betting for this fixture will have to be more imaginative, even combining it with a Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime bet might not make it worthwhile.
The Champions League pits them against Borussia Dortmund in the semi-final. The German side got the better of Real Madrid in the group stages of this season’s competition, yet betting suggests Los Blancos will be heavy favourites when the two sides reacquaint themselves. Jurgen Klopp’s men are, according to the betting odds, the weakest team left in the last four, while Real Madrid’s odds suggest, along with Barcelona, that they are the favourites to lift the trophy.
Betting on Real Madrid
Betting on Real Madrid to win both cup finals, in a double, is perhaps one way of squeezing some money out of Jose Mourinho’s men in the 2012/13 run in.
Away from the glamour of Europe, Real Madrid have been much better in La Liga since the turn of 2013. Only Granada have beaten them in the league, while Galatasaray triumphed over them in a recent Champions League encounter. Although Real Madrid betting for individual matches is often short – they’re unbeaten in the league at the Bernabeu since December 2011 – they have proved particularly formidable this calendar year. Betting on them to beat Barcelona and Manchester United, as they did recently, would have represented good value for money.
Referring back to that defeat at Granada, that was their fourth defeat in four when visiting Andalusia in 2012/13. Betting against Real Madrid when they visit Malaga, Real Betis, Sevilla and Granada next season may prove quite interesting.