18:45 GMT 12 April 2017
It’s the biggest tie of the UEFA Champions League this season as the German league leaders play host to the Spanish league leaders in the strongest of 4 quarter-finals. Both teams will be desperate to get into the semi-final of the competition and will have to be at their best to see this dream become a reality. The Allianz Arena will be bouncing as the Bayern faithful will want to push their team onto a good first-leg lead.
Real Madrid have dominated this fixture over the last handful of meetings. With 5 wins in the last 7 between the two, it’s Real Madrid who hold the monopoly of this fixture. It was Real Madrid who won last time as they defeated Bayern 4-0 at the Allianz on the way to the final, which they won in 2014.
Bayern will be hoping to get this tie off to a good start with a win. They need to make sure they have built a good enough cushion to take to the second-leg next week in Madrid. However, Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Lewandowski may not feature as he’s still recovering from injury but Manuel Neuer will return to the first team, which will be a massive boost for the German champions. Mats Hummels will miss both legs with an ankle injury, a huge absence at the heart of the Bayern defence.
Latest matches in UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage: Bayern Munich
|07.03.2017||UEFA||Arsenal FC||Bayern Munich||1:5||W|
|15.02.2017||UEFA||Bayern Munich||Arsenal FC||5:1||W|
|03.05.2016||UEFA||Bayern Munich||Atletico Madrid||2:1||W|
|27.04.2016||UEFA||Atletico Madrid||Bayern Munich||1:0||L|
|13.04.2016||UEFA||Benfica Lisbon||Bayern Munich||2:2||D|
An away goal will be huge for Real Madrid as it would make their task in the second-leg at the Bernabeu much easier. They also need to stay tight defensively so that it’s still all to-play-for next week. Real Madrid have some defensive problems of their own as Raphael Varane and Pepe will both miss the game, leaving Sergio Ramos as the only first-choice centre-back. Gareth Bale and Ronaldo are both available for the holders of the competition.
Latest matches in UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage: Real Madrid
|07.03.2017||UEFA||SSC Napoli||Real Madrid||1:3||W|
|15.02.2017||UEFA||Real Madrid||SSC Napoli||3:1||W|
|28.05.2016||UEFA||Real Madrid||Atletico Madrid||1:1||D|
|04.05.2016||UEFA||Real Madrid||Manchester City||1:0||W|
|26.04.2016||UEFA||Manchester City||Real Madrid||0:0||D|
With two of the best teams in world football locking horns in this one, it has potential to be a fantastic Champions League game and with no real favourite, it could go either way. With home advantage, you would expect a Bayern Munich victory but Real Madrid could easily take the first-leg win. Both teams should score but it’ll be quite a defensive affair with neither side wanting to give too much time or space to the other side.
12 April 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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