The Champions League started life as the European Cup back in 1955, and it was Real Madrid who won it the first 5 years. That is a dominance that has continued through to the modern era, as Madrid have won the Champions League 5 times, which is tied with Barcelona for the most in the modern game. The one thing to remember here is that history is not on the side of Real Madrid, as no team has ever been able to win the tournament in consecutive years since it became the Champions League back in 1992. If any team can break that trend, it’s this one, but they may not even win Group F if they cannot pick up a win against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. The Germans sit atop the group, and need only tie to move into the Round of 16 as a group winner. If you are looking for a game that is almost certainly guaranteed to deliver goals in Matchday 6, this is the one that is most likely.
A Closer Look At The UEFA Champions League Soccer Odds: Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid
When: Wednesday, December 7 at 2:45 PM EST
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
UEFA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund have taken 13 points from their first 5 group games, but it’s the way in which they have done it that has been so impressive. They have hammered home 19 goals in those previous matches, which is just one goal shy of the 20-goal record in the group stage era. The most stunning of their victories came in Matchday 5, when they took out Legia Warsaw 8-4. Their only stumble in the group stage came early on when they tied 2-2 with Real Madrid at home. This is team that plays a wide-open brand of attacking football, which could very well be their downfall as the tournament gets into the later stages. For now, it’s a lot of fun to watch.
Why bet on the Real Madrid
Real Madrid have taken a similar path through the group stages as their opponent on Wednesday. Madrid have hammered home 14 goals, but they have also given up 8, Their defense is their Achilles heel, but when you have Cristiano Ronaldo leading the attack, you know that you are going to be able to make up for those defensive deficiencies, more often than not. It has been a good season for Real Madrid so far, as they have a comfortable lead atop La Liga, where they have been a little tighter defensively. That may well be a sign that they can adjust their play to a style that will make it a little easier to progress deep into the tournament.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I believe that the safest bet in this match-up will be the OVER, as these two teams certainly know how to find the back of the net. Straight up, I like Madrid to get the win that will take them to the top of Group F.