4/1 Real show star quality

  • Last Updated: February 27 2014, 8:00 GMT

Real Madrid are into a best price of 4/1 for the Champions League after a stunning performance saw them beat Schalke 6-1.

Real Madrid staked a big claim for Champions League glory
Real Madrid staked a big claim for Champions League glory

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all scored twice as the Germans were taken apart on their own ground in Gelsenkirchen in the first leg of their last-16 encounter on Wednesday.

Several firms now make the Spaniards 4/1 to lift the trophy. Favourites Bayern Munich were eased slightly to 2/1 by Sky Bet and BetVictor to retain their crown but are no bigger as they seek to become the first team to retain the trophy since the league format was introduced in 1992.

Second favourites Barcelona have also been pushed out and now trade at a standout of 4/1 from 7/2 (Stan James).

Chelsea went 1-0 up early on in Turkey against Galatasaray but the Turks fought back to force a 1-1 draw and Jose Mourinho's men are now general 14/1 chances.

The Blues are just 2/11 (bwin) to qualify for the next round with Gala a general 7/2.

Chelsea are priced up by Paddy Power at 2/9 to progress furthest of the English teams - Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all trail 2-0 from their first legs.

  • Posted at 2200 GMT on 26/02/2014; updated at 0800 GMT on 27/02/2014.