Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid: Champions League Quarter-Final First Leg – Match Preview

Two of the last three Champions League winners go head to head at the Quarter-Final stage, as Bayern Munich entertain the holders Real Madrid.

Munich thrashed Borussia Dortmund on the weekend, easing to a 4-1 success at the Allianz Arena, with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice.

In the previous round Munich embarrassed Arsenal, winning 5-1 both home and away!

Real Madrid were too strong for Napoli, progressing through 6-2 on aggregate, winning both legs by three goals to one.

A late Antoine Griezmann goal cost Madrid in the derby, however they extended their lead at the top of La Liga.

Enhanced match odds

Bayern Munich to beat Real Madrid: 8/1 with Paddy Power*

Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich: 18/1 with Paddy Power*

Bayern 8/1 or Real Madrid 18/1 with Betfair*

Champions League form: Bayern Munich W4 D0 L1; Real Madrid W4 D1 L0
Champions League top scorers
Bayern Munich – Robert Lewandowski 7 goals
Real Madrid – Karim Benzema 5 goals

Team news
Manuel Neuer is expected to return for the hosts after he missed their last two fixtures through injury.

They will be without Mats Hummels for both legs though, whilst Douglas Costa remains a doubt.

Both Raphael Varane and Pepe are out for Madrid, meaning Nacho will partner Sergio Ramos in defence.

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have struggled in recent weeks, however both will start here.

Expected starting XI’s
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Martinez, Boateng, Alaba; Alonso, Vidal; Robben, Thiago, Ribery; Lewandowski
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo


Result: Bayern Munich (8/1 with Paddy Power)*

Correct Score: 2-1 (8/1 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Arjen Robben (17/10 with 888 Sport)

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