The UEFA Champions League reaches the Semi-Finals this midweek, and on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, Liverpool hosts AS Roma at Anfield in the first leg match, while on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018, Bayern Munich welcomes the defending champions Real Madrid at Allianz Arena. Both matchups should provide plenty of excitements, so let’s take a look at what can we expect from the two teams locking horns on Wednesday afternoon.
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid
Three-Way: 1: Bayern Munich +100; X: +275 Draw; 2: Real Madrid +270 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -0.5: Bayern Munich +100; Real Madrid -110
Total +3 Goals: Over +100; Under -112
The Bavarians have beaten Sevilla 2-1 on aggregate in the previous round of the UEFA Champions League, thanks to a 2-1 victory at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Sevilla, but their performance in this matchup wasn’t impressive. However, since the second leg of the Champions League Quarter-Finals, the Bavarians have scored 14 goals in three games in their domestic competitions, showing some brilliant offense, while they are still unbeaten in 21 matches at Allianz Arena this season, recording 18 wins and three stalemates in the process.
Bayern Munich played ten games in the UEFA Champions League this season, recording eight wins, one draw, and one defeat with a 23:8 goal difference which is 3.1 goals per game on average, while only one out of these ten encounters had less than three goals in the total. Interestingly, seven out of their ten European matches had exactly three goals on the scoreboard. The striker Robert Lewandowski is the team’s top goalscorer bagging 39 times in 43 apps this season, five of them in nine Champions League games, and he’ll be the Bavarians’ main force in the final third. The manager Jupp Heynckes has certain problems to field his best eleven against Los Blancos, as the midfielders David Alaba and Arturo Vidal are both injured.
Los Blancos survived a thriller in the second leg of the Champions League Quarter-Finals against Juventus on the home soil thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty kick in the dying moments of the second half, and that 3-1 defeat at Santiago Bernabeu should be a huge warning before they meet Bayern Munich this Wednesday. Real Madrid has won just two out of their last five matches in all competitions, along with two draws and one defeat, so Los Blancos will have to improve their form if they want to overcome the Bavarians in the Semi-Finals.
Real Madrid played ten games in the UEFA Champions League this season, earning seven victories, one stalemate, and two losses with a goal difference of 26:12 which is 3.8 goals per contest on average, while nine out of these ten tilts had at least three goals in the total. Cristiano Ronaldo had a slow start of the season, still managing to score 42 goals in 39 appearances thus far, but his team’s defense could be a key factor against strong Bayern Munich side. The manager Zinedine Zidane doesn’t have serious injury worries among his squad, so he can field the best eleven against the Bavarians this Wednesday.
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid – Betting Trends and Match Prediction
- Bayern Munich has an 8-1-1 record in their previous ten games overall
- Bayern Munich is unbeaten at home this season
- Bayern Munich bagged 14 goals in their last three matches
- Real Madrid has a 7-2-1 record in their previous ten games overall
- Real Madrid won five games in a row on the road
- Real Madrid kept the clean sheet in two out of their last ten games
These two clubs met each other in the last year’s Quarter-Finals when Los Blancos overcame the Bavarians after a dramatic 4-2 extra-time victory in the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu, so Bayern Munich has an extra motive in this one. I believe the hosts are in a better form than the defending champions and will get a win in the first leg at Allianz Arena, although they’ll have a tough job to keep the net intact against deadly Real Madrid’s attack.
MY PICK: Bayern Munich (+100)