Real have what it takes to beat Bayern and rule Europe
New Champions League favourites Real Madrid (15/8) have never beaten Bayern Munich (2/1) away, and in five of the last six head-to-heads between the sides at the Germans’ ground, it has been a 2-1 home victory.
However, that result would still be enough for the Spaniards to progress to the final and bid for their 10th elite European title, so take odds of 15/2 for that scoreline.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side won the home leg of this Champions League semi-final tie 1-0, thanks to a Karim Benzema close-range tap-in, but could and should have got more to capitalise on wasted Bayern possession. Madrid are odds-on favourites to qualify for the final at 8/13.
The tie is far from over, though, and Italian coach Ancelotti is not getting carried away. “At this stage in the competition the psychological aspect is more important than tactics. We have to be strong mentally in order to do our best to reach the final,” he said
This will be the 16th time the two European giants have faced each other in Champions League history, which is a record in terms of head-to-heads, and it is Munich who hold the edge, having won eight and lost six. Pep Guardiola’s men are priced at 7/10 for victory again.
Defending champions Bayern were heavily criticised for their lack of chances created in the first leg, despite dominating possession, but have scored in 24 of their last 25 home games in the competition. Back Arjen Robben, who has netted seven in 12 appearances this campaign, at 6/4 to get a goal anytime.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the obvious contender for Real to be on target. The Ballon d’Or winner has scored an incredible 14 Champions League goals this season so far, and can be backed at 6/4 to net anytime, or 8/1 to get two or more.
Benzema, meanwhile, has odds of 2/1 to get a goal again against the Germans. There is also good news for Copa del Rey final hero Gareth Bale, as Ancelotti has confirmed the Welshman has recovered from illness.
There were also doubts to Ronaldo, Benzema and Pepe, but all should be fit to start. While for Bayern, captain Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben, who were left out of the side’s 5-2 victory over Werder Bremen in the league, are set to return to the XI.