Monday, May 27, 2024

Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 2/3

Bookmaker: Dachbet

With the Champions League semi-finals getting under on Tuesday night, Bayern Munich will welcome Real Madrid to the Allianz for their first-leg showdown.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, while Bayern Munich might have officially relinquished their Bundesliga crown earlier in the month, the German giants are enjoying an extended flurry. Extending on their European adventure on April 17th as they secured a sensational 3-2 aggregate victory against Premier League high-flyers Arsenal, Thomas Tuchel’s men have won all of their previous four consecutive appearances across all competitions. Picking up some perfect momentum over the weekend as they clinched a 2-1 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt, the former Chelsea boss will know the importance of claiming a first-leg advantage on Tuesday night. Likewise, along with winning their last three showdowns at the Allianz by an aggregate score of 5-1, it should also be highlighted that Tuchel’s side have won eight of their previous nine appearances in front of their own supporters – a run that stems back to January 21st.

Team News

While midfield talisman Jamal Musiala might have once again missed out against Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend, Bayern Munich are hopeful that the Germany international will be able to make a crucial return on Tuesday night. However, all still dealing with respective injury issues, Tuchel will be unable to call upon the likes of Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and former Galatasaray defender Sacha Boey here.

Bagging a domestic brace on Saturday afternoon and enjoying what has been a record-breaking first season in Munich, England skipper Harry Kane will certainly play a leading role here. With continued speculation over a potentials summer move to Los Blancos, Alphonso Davies could have to settle for another spot on the bench.

Real Madrid

As for the visitors, punching their semi-final ticket earlier in the month as they edged their way past defending champions Manchester City, Real Madrid have their sights set on making real history this season. Firing on all cylinder and cruising their way to another La Liga crown, it appears that the mood in the Spanish capital is at a red-hot high. Last seen on Friday night putting in another eye-catching performance as they secured a 1-0 victory away at Real Sociedad Carlo Ancelotti’s men should be relishing a trip to Munich on Tuesday night. With a stunning double-winning campaign at the top of their agenda in 2024, the former AC Milan boss has seen his superstar squad suffer just a single defeat since opening the New Year. Collecting some heavyweight scalps from across the continent over the past few weeks, Real Madrid could be confident of making another statement here.

Team News

Both still dealing with respective long-term knee injuries, Real Madrid will be unable to call upon the duo of David Alaba and former Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois on Tuesday night. However, despite missing out away at Sociedad over the weekend, Ancelotti’s men are confident that Brazil international Rodrygo will be able to make a return here.

Handed a full rest at the Reale Arena on Friday night, Ballon d’Or contender Jude Bellingham will certainly play a leading role at the Allianz. Likewise, continuing to receive a string of plaudits from across the continent, number-one goalkeeper Andriy Lunin will make a full return between the sticks in Munich.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Bayern Munich and Real Madrid last met in Champions League action during the 2017/18 campaign, Los Blancos picked up a 4-3 aggregate victory.
    • Tuesday’s hosts have won have won eight of their previous nine appearances in front of their own supporters – a run that stems back to January 21st.
    • Real Madrid have suffered just a single defeat across any competition since opening the New Year.
    • England skipper Harry Kane has recorded 42 goals across all competitions so far this season.
    • Four of Madrid’s last six showdowns outside the Spanish capital have finished with both teams getting on the scoresheet.

    Conclusion

    With all eyes falling on the Allianz this week, neutrals will be hoping for another Champions League thriller here. Two European heavyweights who are in the midst of their own respective purple patches, chances could come thick and fast in Munich on Tuesday night. With Los Blancos seeing four of their previous six showdowns outside of the Spanish capital finish with both teams getting on the scoresheet, we are expecting a similar outcome in midweek.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 2/3

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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