Jose Mourinho leads European Cup giants Real Madrid to the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany to battle Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, April 17.
Los Blancos sealed their place in the Champions League semi-finals after routing APOEL Nicosia 8-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, while the Bavarian giants took care of Marseille 4-0 on aggregate after tallying two 2-0 victories over the Ligue 1 outfit.
According to the bookmakers, Real Madrid are the favorites to reach the UCL final (buy your Champions League final tickets), which will take place at the Allianz Arena in Munich on 19 May 2012.
Now then, let’s kick-off this preview with the betting odds for Tuesday’s fixture.
Bayern Munich (17/10) v Real Madrid (7/4); Draw (5/2)
Bet of the Day
Tuesday’s value bet of the day is Los Galácticos to earn an away draw at the Allianz Arena, paying 5/2 odds.
Club Comparison: Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
Real Madrid enter Tuesday on an 18-match unbeaten run, having won 14 games and drawn four in that span. As a result, Madrid are the table toppers in La Liga.
Meanwhile, Die Bayern are currently eight points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund after drawing 0-0 with Mainz on Saturday.
However, Munich are notoriously tough to beat at the Allianz Arena, and have posted a 13-1-2 home record in the Bundesliga thus far in 2011-12.
Der FCB have conceded just six goals in their 16 home league matches this season. That’s not a typo folks!
On the other side of the touchline, the Real Deal are 13-2-1 away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in La Liga this season.
Madrid have scored an impressive 44 away goals in La Liga this season, while conceding just 11. In case you’re wondering, that’s 2.75 goals per game.
Club Leaders: Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
German talisman Mario Gomez is the second leading goal-scoring in the Champions League this season with 11 goals in nine UCL appearances (eight starts).
Gomez has been on scintillating form all season long, scoring a combined 46 goals in 52 appearances for club and country in 2011-12.
Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo has been the main man for Los Blancos since arriving in Madrid from Manchester United in 2009.
CR7 has bagged a team-leading eight Champions League goals in 2011-12 for Real Madrid, while also tallying two assists.
In 2011-12, Ronaldo has totaled an eye-opening 63 goals and 14 assists in 59 games for club and country. Not bad.
Expect a hard fought and physical match in Munich on Tuesday night, with Madrid earning a 1-1 away draw and a vital away goal.