Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid Free Betting Tip
On paper this is most definitely the biggest tie of the quarter final stage. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are among the favourites to win this competition, but one will fall at an earlier stage than anticipated.
Neither side have been consistently at their best this season, with both failing to win their groups. It will be the first time Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti will face his former club and long time friend Zinedine Zidane since being sacked by Real in 2015, and his experience could be crucial when facing a relative novice. Zidane spent a season as Ancelotti’s assistant at the Santiago Bernabeu.
There is no doubt this game will be full of attacking intent and quality. Both sides will go for it across the tie, but Zidane has not been afraid to put organisation before flair in these big games before and he will likely do so again. Toni Kroos will battle it out with Thiago Alcantara for control of the tempo in the middle of the pitch, but Casemiro, Los Blancos’ Brazilian defensive midfielder, holds the key.
OFFICIAL: Bayern Munich have confirmed that Mats Hummels will be out for the 'foreseeable future' after suffering an ankle injury. pic.twitter.com/gjxin9ELJ8— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) April 9, 2017
He is the only ‘enforcer’ likely to be on the pitch, and if he can maintain a strong performance throughout, he will be able to lay the foundations for the visitors on the counter attack. Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will have a lot of space to run into, especially with Philipp Lahm’s lack of pace at right back.
Not only will he have to stop the likes of Thiago creating chances and getting forward, but he will need to be wary of Arjen Robben cutting inside from the right hand side. The Dutchman likes to shoot from range and Arsenal, for example, couldn’t stop this from happening.
But Ancelotti may call on either Douglas Costa or Kingsley Coman to stretch the play, because the narrower they are, the more space for Real on the counter attack. It also reduces the amount of crosses for Robert Lewandowski to get on the end of.
Bayern will know they need to win at home to stand a better chance of going through, and Zidane will have to be brave in his approach too. The home side will dictate the game and find the win, but an away goal could be crucial.