Bayern Munich take on Real Madrid in yet another epic Champions League semi-final game with the first leg at Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich Team News, Updates, and Facts
Jupp Heynckes continues to miss out on the services of some big players, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, center midfielder Arturo Vidal, and winger Kingsley Coman due to injuries. Also set to miss out on the first leg is left back David Alaba, solving a few of the selection problems the manager would have otherwise had for this first leg in Munich. Due to having sewed up the Bundesliga already, he was able to rest players at the weekend, so look for the regulars to return.
Rumors won’t stop swirling about the status of striker Robert Lewandowski, with many saying that the Pole will be leaving Bayern for Real in the summer. But for now, he is a Bayern man, and he will be the one to keep a close watch on here. It’s his predatory instincts that offer a real threat to the defending champions, so his teammates must get into great positions in order to get the most out of their well-rested target man.
Bayern have four wins and a draw in their last five matches:
0-3 win at Hannover
2-6 win at Bayer Leverkusen (DFB Pokal)
5-1 home win vs Borussia Monchengladbach
0-0 home draw vs Sevilla (UCL)
1-4 win at Augsburg
Bayern Predicted Starting Line-up
Expected Line-up: 4-3-3
Bayern Munich likely XI
- Defenders:Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Bernat
- Midfielders:James, Thiago, Martinez
- Forwards:Muller, Ribery, Lewandowski
Real Madrid Team News, Updates, and Facts
Zinedine Zidane has had almost a full week to prepare his side after their match at the weekend had to be moved due to Sevilla’s participation in the Copa del Rey final. So they won’t have too many worries about players being tired, which could give them an ever so slight advantage. The Frenchman will only be missing one man by the looks of things, with center back Nacho Fernandez set to miss out for about another week or so.
After narrowly escaping with an aggregate win over Juventus in the last round a couple of weeks ago, both players and fans alike will be very happy to see the return of Sergio Ramos from his suspension in that almost disastrous second leg. The Spanish center back’s importance cannot be overstated. Though Ronaldo draws all the plaudits, it is he that allows him the platform to play. On top of that, he’s scored so many big goals over the years that he is always a factor in a match’s outcome.
Real Madrid have two draws, two wins, and a loss in their last five matches:
1-1 home draw vs Athletic Bilbao
1-2 win at Malaga
1-3 home loss vs Juventus (UCL)
1-1 home draw vs Atletico Madrid
0-3 win at Juventus (UCL)
Real Madrid Predicted Starting Line-up
Expected Line-up: 4-3-1-2
Real Madrid likely XI
- Defenders:Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo
- Midfielders:Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco
- Forwards:Ronaldo, Benzema
Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head Stats
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have faced off 14 times in official competition since 2001, and results have been very split. Madrid narrowly lead with seven wins, six losses, and a draw to the Munich side. Here’s a look at the last five results:
Apr 18, 2017: Real 4-2 Bayern (AET)
Apr 12, 2017: Bayern 1-2 Real
Apr 29, 2014: Bayern 0-4 Real
Apr 23, 2014: Real 1-0 Bayern
Apr 25, 2012: Real 2-1 (Pen win) Bayern
Bayern vs Real Madrid Prediction
Madrid’s incredible recent record combined with their performances against Bayern mean the value lies with the visitors in some form ahead of this blockbuster clash. Madrid have often saved their best performances for this competition and with the all-time Champions League top scorer in sparkling form, they are worth chancing to cause an upset at the Allianz Arena.
Back Real Madrid to win