Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: Champions League Semifinal

Gabe Morency

Monday, April 30, 2018 8:42 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 30, 2018 8:42 PM UTC

The reigning champs Real Madrid are ready to book their tickets for Kiev as they are in pole position to qualify in the final after beating German giants Bayern Munich 2-1 at Allianz Arena. It.

<p></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/bRS67cYw3yw", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><p>The reigning champs Real Madrid are ready to book their tickets for Kiev as they are in pole position to qualify in the final after beating German giants Bayern Munich 2-1 at Allianz Arena. It was Bayern’s 1st defeat at home all season long as they failed to maintain the 1-0 lead. Real Madrid’s victory and their 2 away goals advantage should be enough to knock-out Bayern Munich, but nothing is easy at this level and Real Madrid should have a smart approach in Tuesday's second leg and don’t consider themselves already in the final. Both teams rested their important players last weekend in their domestic league fixture playing with their B squads. both winning their matches against Leganes and Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayern Munich are struggling with injuries being without some of their most important players, Manuel Neur, Javi Martinez, Arturo Vidal, David Alaba and Kingsley Coman, all sidelined with injuries. More than that, Bayern Munich have confirmed that Jerome Boateng is out for the rest of the season after picking up a hamstring injury in the 1st leg. Nothing looks good for the Bavarian team and Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez are doubtful and they might be benched and used in the 2nd half. Real Madrid have problems of their own missing Dani Carvajal, injured in the 1st leg and Isco who picked up a shoulder injured. After being out all month, Nacho Fernandez should be fully fit and ready to return to replace Carvajal and join Mats Hummels in the defense. Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich is the most-played match in the European competitions history as the 2 sides met 15 times since 2001 with Los Blancos winning 8 matches and Bayern Munich 6. Real have definitely learned their lesson after needing a last-minute penalty to stop Juventus' brilliant comeback. Bayern Munich have been in this situation 5 times before managing to overcome the 1st leg result in 2 occasions but failing to do so last year against Real Madrid, losing in extra-time. Despite not playing at their highest level this season in Champions League, Real Madrid always find ways to survive and qualify further. Bayern dominated the entire match on their turf in the 1st leg but they enter this clash from a losing position. All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo who was a shadow in the 1st leg but fortunately for his side Marcelo and Asensio were at their best. We expect a home win with Bayern being forced to attack from the 1st whistle and Real Madrid being clinical on the break. Another way to approach this match is a “goals” market” bet. <strong>Best picks:</strong> Real Madrid to win at 2.15 with Betfair. Under 3.5 goals in the match at 1.83 with Unibet.</p><p></p>
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