Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: Match Preview, Lineups and PredictionApril 24, 2018
Bayern Munich host La Liga’s only representative in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday evening in Real Madrid, who are looking to make it three consecutive titles.
Allianz Arena / 19.45 GMT / 24th April 2018
Jupp Heynckes’s side have wrapped up the Bundesliga title and they will be hoping to exact revenge on Zinedine Zidane’s men after exiting to them last season.
Wednesday’s fixture will be the 25th European meeting between the two sides, making it the most played fixture in the competition.
Bayern have 11 wins, Real have 11 and the other two have been drawn – meaning neither side really stand out as favourites on history.
But, the German side will know of Real’s ability in Europe – Zidane’s side have had a dismal season in the Spanish league, but they look odds on favourites to win a third successive Champions League title.
Heynckes rested most of his usual starting eleven at the weekend, and will see Robert Lewandowski return, whilst Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Javi Martinez are all expected to be installed in the starting line up.
David Alaba, Mats Hummels and Joshua Kimmich should all come in, leaving Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal and Manuel Neuer all still ruled out with injury.
Madrid arrive in Munich will their whole squad and Sergio Ramos is expected to be slotted back in defence after his suspension against Juventus.
Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Isco will fight it out for a starting place, but it is expected to be the latter who features.
Bayern Munich: Ulreich; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba; Rodriguez, Martinez, Alcantara; Muller, Lewandowski, Ribery
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo
1-3. Real Madrid have the third title in their hands and we expect them to seal the tie in the first leg.