The Opta trends indicate that Cristiano Ronaldo will wreak havoc against Schalke and Porto won’t lead FC Basel at half time…
Both matches are on Tuesday at 19:45
Porto v FC Basel (Sky Sports 1 and 5)
Porto’s last 14 goals in the Champions League have all been scored from the 45th minute onwards
The 2003/04 winners didn’t score a first-half goal in any of their last four continental fixtures despite being in one of the least intimidating groups, and their earliest goal in the most recent two came in the 79th minute. This pattern has carried into domestic combat, with just one of the six goals in their latest three league outings arriving before the break and none in the first half hour. Despite winning none of them, FC Basel trailed only one of their last five Champions League away ties at half time.
Recommended Bet: Lay Porto to be winning at half time @ 2.01/1
The first leg produced the most yellow cards in a Champions League game this season (nine)
On that occasion, the constant niggling didn’t devolve into any dismissals, but it won’t be a surprise if they take matters a bit further at the Estadio do Dragao. There have been red cards shown in three of FC Basel’s last four trips overseas in the competition, with their players being the culprits in two of those instances.
Recommended Bet: Back there to be a sending off @ 3.39/4
Real Madrid v Schalke (ITV)
Schalke have conceded 21 goals in their last seven Champions League knockout games (D1 L6)
The 2-0 first-leg defeat could actually be presented as progress by Schalke, who conceded six at home and three away to Real Madrid last term. Even in this season’s group stage, when paired with the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Maribor, they were porous, with Opta noting that the 16 goals that they have given up in seven 2014/15 encounters is more than any other side left in. Real Madrid have fired at least three times in five of their last seven Champions League games at the Bernabeu.
Recommended Bet: Back Real Madrid to score three goals or more @ 1.845/6
Cristiano Ronaldo netted five goals and delivered two assists against Schalke in three matches
Sections of Real Madrid’s fickle fanbase overlook Ronaldo’s 58 goals in 58 Champions League appearances for their club and want him dropped for perceived recent poor form. Carlo Ancelotti, who himself has come in for criticism lately, is unlikely to be quite so reactionary, instead presenting the Ballon d’Or holder with the opportunity to bag a third brace in four meetings with Schalke.
Recommended Bet: Back Cristiano Ronaldo to score two goals or more @ 3.39/4