Real Madrid v Sporting CP: Holders to begin defence with a win to nil

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his first appearance since the Euro 2016 final at the weekend
Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his first appearance since the Euro 2016 final at the weekend
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No away goals were scored at the Bernabeu in last season's Champions League. Sporting CP aren't likely to change that...


"Zinedine Zidane’s men didn’t merely win all six of their home fixtures in last season’s Champions League, they completed the set without conceding a single goal."

Back Real Madrid to win to nil @ 2.265/4

Real Madrid 1.241/4 v Sporting CP 15.014/1; The Draw 7.87/1
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Sporting CP have made a flawless start to the Portuguese campaign, though it's unlikely to count for much against a Real Madrid side who are top of La Liga after three wins from three and haven't dropped a group-stage point at home since facing Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

In total, the holders have won 18 of their last 20 Champions League games as hosts, with the mood around the Bernabeu improved further by the net-rippling weekend return from injury of Sporting CP alumni Cristiano Ronaldo, who took just six minutes to find his rhythm against Osasuna.

The visitors haven't won an away match in this competition since 2008, drawing three and losing four of the seven that they have contested since.


Real Madrid Win to Nil

Zinedine Zidane's men didn't merely win all six of their home fixtures in last season's Champions League, they completed the set without conceding a single goal, silencing Paris St-Germain, Manchester City, Roma, Wolfsburg, Shakhtar and Malmo FF.

Over a longer period, they have shut out nine of their past 11 guests in Europe. One of the exceptions was caused by Alvaro Morata while at Juventus, but he is now back in the Spanish capital.


Recommended Bet:

Back Real Madrid to win to nil @ 2.265/4


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