Following Atletico Madrid’s master-class 1-0 win over Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderón, the 2016 Champions League Semi-final clash between these two teams hangs in the balance precariously. Pep Guardiola and his Bayern team will be going all out this Tuesday in the bid to overturn this deficit and earn a chance to play in this year’s Champions League Final. Will it be Bayern or Atleti claiming this crucial win? Read on as we break down this matchup in the Champions League online betting preview below.
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Bayern Munich vs. Atletico de Madrid UCL Semifinals Odds, Game and TV Info
When: Tuesday, May 3, 7.45 p.m. BST/ 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich
TV: BT Sport Europe
Soccer Odds: Bayern Munich win: 6/10, Draw: 29/10, Atletico Madrid win: 9/2
Why Bet on Bayern Munich
Even with the likes of Arturo Vidal and Robert Lewandowski leading Bayern’s offense, Guardiola’s squad couldn’t manage to find a goal against Atleti’s disciplined defense. But Bayern will be feeling confident of doing better at home, given that Thomas Muller (who started on the bench against Atleti) is likely to get a start in this fixture. The 26-year-old German international scored his 20th league goal of the season in Bayern’s 1-1 win against Gladbach, which may be enough to see him back on Pep’s line-up. More encouragingly, Bayern has won all 11 Champions League games at home since losing the 2014 semifinal to Madrid, so the Munich team will come into this game feeling confident of claiming the much-needed win in this game.
Why Bet on Atletico Madrid
Despite owning a 1-0 advantage in this tie, the job is far from done for Atleti, as Bayern is one of the best home teams in Europe, making it possible for the home team to turn this tie in the blink of an eye. Furthermore, Atletico have a questionable record in Germany, having lost eight of their 16 competitive encounters with German clubs on German soil. Even so, coach Diego Simeone is a master of these types of games, meaning Atleti shouldn’t be written off from getting a winning result here. To motivate their chances of beating Bayern, the Spanish side will draw from the confidence of beating the Munich team last week, followed by a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, in spite of resting most of its starters from the game against Bayern. Making matters more difficult for Bayern, Atletico’s defense will have star defender Diego Godin back into the line-up after he missed last week’s fixture, with winger Yannick Carrasco also cleared to play on Tuesday after recovering from injury.
My Expert Champions League Soccer Predictions and Picks
Atleti are a very disciplined defense-oriented side and the likes of Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezman are masters of counter-attacking scores, offering the visitors a chance to hang with Bayern. Nonetheless, Guardiola is under immense pressure to perform well here, and after Juventus surprised Bayern with some early goals in the quarter-final fixture in Allianz Arena, the Bavarians will be breathing fire right from the kick-off in this game, hence buoying their chances of claiming the win. All being said, I see Bayern getting the win, but Atleti won’t go down without a fight. In fact, although I believe Bayern will win this game, I am strongly convinced that Atleti will be the team to reach the Final on aggregate.
Final Score Prediction: Bayern Munich 2, Atletico Madrid 1