Real Madrid remain very much on course to be the first side to successfully defend their Champions League title and their 2-1 victory against Bayern in the quarter-final first leg moves them ever closer to that goal. Barcelona look set to exit the competition at the hands of Juventus unless they perform yet another shock comeback after going three goals down in Italy and should the hosts avoid defeat tonight then they will suddenly become overwhelming favourites to become European champions once again.
Nevertheless they will have their work cut-out against what is an extremely good Bayern outfit tonight. Carlo Ancelotti’s side went ahead in the first leg before Vidal missed from the penalty spot. This could have put the match out of reach for the Spaniards. Real grabbed the initiative following a goal from Ronaldo however as well as the sending off of Javi Martinez and following a second goal it was the visitors who grabbed an unlikely victory in Germany.
Indeed Bayern are at another disadvantage in that they will be without the services of Mats Hummels through injury as well as Martinex who is on suspension. A restructured defence will likely struggle against the relentless Real attack and we expect the hosts to score at the Bernabeu tonight.
An early Real goal would leave Bayern needing to score three in order to qualify and this seems unlikely, however Lewandowski will be relishing the chance to go head-to-head with a Real rearguard which will be missing Raphael Varane and Pepe. He looks excellent value at 6/5 with Ladbrokes to find the net at some point in what looks likely to be an end-to-end affair.
Real already enjoy the advantage and having already done the hardest work by coming away from Germany with a valuable win, we expect them to edge this encounter and head into the last four of the competition. Bayern will almost certainly find the net however and this will certainly make for a thrilling encounter indeed.