Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Betting Prediction | Back a Draw at 11/2 with SkybetPublished April 18, 2017
European champions Real Madrid are looking to become the first side to retain the Champions League betting season in its current format and are in a good position to take a step towards that after a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their quarter final tie with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s double saw him score his 100th goal in the competition, and that has given Los Blancos control of the tie. But it looked like swinging the other way earlier in the game when Arturo Vidal gave Bayern the lead. The Chilean then missed a penalty, allowing Real back in. Javi Martinez’s red card also rules him out of the return leg.
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Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso and coach Carlo Ancelotti are returning to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since departing the club. In truth, there is little to separate the two sides, but by winning the away leg, Real have heaped the pressure on Bayern. The Spanish league leaders are the best counter attacking team in the world, with the pace of Gareth Bale and Ronaldo causing problems in support of Karim Benzema up front. Bayern attempted to dictate the play in the first leg, but dropped off and allowed Real the upper hand. Here they will again have to take risks, needing two unanswered goals to progress, leaving space in behind.
Casemiro proved the real difference in the centre of midfield in the first leg and he should be called on again. Zinedine Zidane may look to exploit the gaps left by Martinez’s absence by pushing on and playing Isco in a more advanced role. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric would need to be more disciplined, but there could be a route to press home their advantage.
These games are won and lost with fine lines and Zidane will know that. The longer Real can keep it tight, the more chance they have of progression and they will be more effective with the likes of Isco and striker Alvaro Morata off the bench late on.