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Four fantastic midweek bets: back Bayern and Ronaldo to bag goals

| 17.02.2015

Just like customers, Coral are chomping at the bit for European football to return so, to celebrate, we’ve put together a list of four brilliant bets for these upcoming Champions League last-16 first leg fixtures.

Here are just some of the marvellous midweek picks available for punters to potentially profit from.

Cristiano Ronaldo 11/4 to score first against Schalke
Superstar Ronaldo is edging ever closer to Lionel Messi’s all-time Champions League top scorer record, and will be hungry to overtake his rival.

Rampant Ronaldo has already passed Los Blancos legend Raul in Europe, but needs four to steam ahead of the brilliant Barcelona wizard. So, back the Portugal skipper to get started by drawing first blood against Bundesliga battlers Schalke.

At excellent odds of 11/4, Ronaldo, who has has struck first for Real in four of his last six Champions League outings, is a superb punt.

Chelsea to beat PSG and both teams to score 11/2 in magic matchday special
Jose Mourinho’s men have lost just three games across all competitions this campaign, making them a smart bet to triumph at the Parc des Princes, where up to five of PSG’s players, including defenders Serge Aurier and Marquinhos, could be sidelined.

The Blues boys, unbeaten in Europe, have a superior squad, but have shown defensive deficiencies after keeping just two clean sheets in their past five outings. So, back Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 11/2, but punters should note their is a maximum stake of £20.

Jackson Martinez 7/1 to bag a brace or better against Basel
The powerful and prolific Porto poacher is apparently top of most Premier League club’s wish-lists, so looks a fine chance at 7/1 to score two or more against Swiss Super League side Basel and prove his worth.

Martinez has five in as many Champions League duels this term, plus one in two during qualifying for the dangerous Dragons.

Having already bagged a brace against Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this campaign, Martinez will lead Portuguese giants Porto’s attack against minnows Basel, who leaked eight in six during the group stages, including a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Real.

Bayern Munich 5/1 to score four or more against Shakhtar Donetsk
Netting 10 in their past 2 games means Munich are thirsty for goals and, having previously thumped Serie A title challengers Roma 7-1 earlier this season, Pep Guardiola’s side is fabulous value at 5/1 to score four or more as another Coral matchday special. Please note there is a maximum stake of £20 on this bet.

Top teams such as the Giallorossi, CSKA Moscow and Manchester City have all failed to shut out Bundesliga leaders Bayern, so Shakhtar, who have not played competitively since December, will be up against it.

Poland poacher Robert Lewandowski, World Cup winning goal hero Mario Gotze, rampant wingman Arjen Robben and potent marksman Thomas Muller are just a handful of the attackers at Guardiola’s disposal.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.