Bayern Munich Vs Real Madrid UEFA Expert Picks
This is the stage of the Champions League when things can get a little tricky for the teams still alive and well in the final eight. The fact of the matter is that many of these teams are still in the hunt for a domestic title as well as the chance to become the champions of Europe. It can often mean that coaches are forced to juggle line-up in order to keep players healthy whilst still maintaining a challenge in both competitions. Both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are in this situation, as both are currently sitting at the top of their domestic leagues.
Bayern Munich look to be headed for another Bundesliga title, as their 10-point lead looks pretty unassailable at this point. Real Madrid have a slimmer lead atop La Liga, but they also have a game in hand over second place Barcelona, so they must be considered favorites to win it. These two club giants will be putting all of that aside on Wednesday, though, as they will go head to head at the Allianz Arena in Munich in the quarter-final first leg. Find out more about the updated soccer betting spreads here.
In Depth Analysis On The Bayern Munich Vs Real Madrid UEFA Expert Picks
When: Wednesday, April 12 at 2:45 PM EST
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
UEFA Odds: Bayern Munich -½ (-127)
Why bet on Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich will be coming into this one having won 4 of their last 5 games and scoring 14 goals in the process. They are cruising to another Bundesliga title, and they showed their dominance over the weekend with a stunning 4-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, a team that also happens to be in the QF of the Champions League. That win came at a cost, though, as star striker Robert Lewandowski was taken off with a shoulder injury. There are conflicting reports coming out about his status for this game, although Coach Carlos Ancelotti insists that the big man will be in the starting line-up.
Why bet on Real Madrid
Real Madrid have been in absolutely outstanding form in La Liga, and despite only picking up a point against Atletico Madrid over the weekend, they were still able to extend their lead with Barcelona losing in rather unexpected fashion. Madrid have a ton of guys who can put the ball in the back of the net, but it’s fair to say that everything goes through Cristiano Ronaldo. When he is on his game, as he usually always is, everything just seems to tick for this team. The problems for Madrid on Wednesday could come via the defense, though, as both Pepe and Raphael Varane out through injury. That may force Madrid to take a more restrained approach to this game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them simply try and shut things down and get out of there with a 0-0 tie.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This game is going to hinge on the ability of Bayern Munich to unlock a weakened Madrid defense, which may be tough to do if Lewandowski is not fully fit. I think Madrid get the result they want.