Until Saturday evening, Real Madrid were in the strange position of struggling for goals, with a slender 1-0 win at Dynamo Zagreb being followed by a 1-0 defeat at Levante before a 0-0 draw away at Levante.
However, the Bernabeu is nearly always a happy hunting ground for Jose Mourinho’s team and they thrashed Real Vallecano 6-2 on Saturday after a shaky start to the game to demonstrate that they remain a potent team on the attack.
Madrid can be backed at 2/9 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to beat Ajax on Tuesday and continue their march towards the Champions League group stage, with Mourinho bidding to win this competition with his third different club.
Just as Manchester United relied heavily upon him for goals, the same can be said of Real’s dependence on Cristiano Ronaldo to make things happen and his importance can’t be underestimated if the Spanish side are going to pip Barcelona in Europe or Spain this term.
The player is 11/4 (Coral – £25 free betting) to score the first goal against the Dutch champions and it’s a decent bet when you consider that he will take penalties and any free-kick within forty yards of the goal.
Ajax successfully stopped Lyon from scoring in their first Champions League match although they were unable to find a breakthrough and anything they get from this game will be a bonus.
The draw is priced at 11/2 and the away win is a 14/1 chance, with betfair having even bigger odds available about the Amsterdam side stunning Real Madrid in their own back yard.