When you have two powerhouse teams going head to head for a spot in the Champions League semi-final, you often find that the match-up can turn in the favor of one team in a single moment. That may have come in the first leg of this quarter-final. Already up a goal, Artuto Vida had a chance to make it 2-0 for Bayern Munich via the penalty spot, but he missed. You could almost feel the air go out of the stadium, and it got quieter still when Cristiano Ronaldo got the vital away goal 2 minutes into the second half. Munich ended the game with 10 men after a red card on the 60-minute mark, and they also ended the game a goal down, with Ronaldo adding a second goal later in the game. With a 2-1 lead heading home, you would believe that the men from Madrid should have this one in the bag, but let’s not forget that this is a very talented Bayern Munich side that may be back at full strength on Tuesday night. Find out more about the latest soccer betting predictions here.
Analyzing The UEFA Expert Picks For Real Madrid Vs Bayern Munich
When: Tuesday, April 18 at 2:45 PM EST Where: Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid TV: FS1 UEFA Odds: Real Madrid PK (-135)
Why bet on Real Madrid
The debate will almost always rage as to whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi was the best player of this generation. I am in the Ronaldo corner, simply because he always seems to step up in the big games, just as he did in the opening leg of this match-up. He should be more than ready to go on Tuesday night after being rested over the weekend, a game that Real Madrid still won 3-2 to place an even firmer grip on the La Liga title. Madrid do not have to come out and go at Munich in order to move on, but they are certainly equipped to get the early goal that would essentially kill this tie. With Bayern Munich forced to attack, gaps will appear at the back that can be exposed by Ronaldo and company.
Why bet on Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich seemed to be still experiencing a little bit of a first leg hangover on the weekend, putting in a lackluster performance versus Bayer Leverkusen in a 0-0 draw. While that result was not the best, Munich are still very much on pace to pick up yet another Bundesliga crown. They are also not out of this tie, and are sure to get a boost from the expected return of Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker has returned to training after an injury, and is expected to be in the line-up on Tuesday. When you are entering a game in dire need of goals, it certainly a boost to have your main man back in the fold.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Bayern Munich will come out and have a go, but giving up that second goal in the first leg has left them with too much to do on the road. They will fall a little short, I believe.