Sunday, November 18, 2018

Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 8/15

Bookmaker: bet365

Chances are the loser of this tie will be left cursing the semi-final draw as they would have much rather faced AS Roma or Liverpool, but having been pitted against each other in the semi-final, European powerhouses Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will give their best to overpower their opponents and secure a place in the final.

Bayern Munich

Having secured yet another domestic double with a strong performance in Bundesliga and 6-3 triumph over Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Pokal final, Bayern Munich now aim to claim the coveted treble of major trophies, and lift the first Champions League title since 2013. The Bavarians have been pretty impressive this season in all the competitions entered, but they will obviously have to perform at a very high level if they want to reach the UCL final.

Bayern Munich head into the high-profile clash at Allianz Arena in great spirits, having recorded five comfortable triumphs on domestic stage, while also recording a hard-fought win over Sevilla in the Champions League quarter-finals. The hosts go into the game with some selection problems as several first team players are out on the sidelines, but that shouldn’t prove such a big problem given the good strength in depth.

Team News

Manuel Neuer, Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal and Corentin Tolisso all miss out through injury, but Rafinha is fit to play and David Alaba is doubtful.

Real Madrid

This season has been pretty disappointing for Real Madrid, who watched arch rivals Barcelona claim the domestic double, but another Champions League title could definitely bring some peace to Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos aim to become the first ever side to defend a Champions League trophy, having won the coveted title last season, and despite suffering a major scare in the quarter-final clash with Juventus, the dream is still alive.

It looks as though Zinedine Zidane’s players became complacent after the 3-0 victory in Turin, but they somehow managed to make it through, albeit with a big help of match official Michael Oliver. Real Madrid have since recorded a narrow win over bottom-placed Malaga and shared spoils with Athletic Club, which is enough to suggest they are struggling for form at the moment, so we can definitely see them facing problems against in-form Bayern Munich in the first leg.

Team News

Latest reports suggest that back-up defender Nacho is unlikely to recover in time from a muscle injury, but there are no other problems for Zinedine Zidane.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Real won both quarter-final legs vs Bayern last season
  • Los Blancos won last five meetings against the Bavarians
  • Three or more goals were scored in five of their last six meetings
  • Real Madrid recorded just one win in last four
  • Both teams scored in their last four matches

Conclusion

Looking at the current form, we are tempted to back Bayern Munich to win the first leg, but both teams to score should be a safer bet. Both sides boast an incredible attacking potential and are not afraid to use it, so we expect to see goals galore at Allianz Arena.

Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 8/15

Bookmaker: bet365

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