Bayern Munich v Real Madrid, Tues 19:45
With the race for the Bundesliga title seemingly over, Munich eyes will be transfixed on European matters this week but standing in their path is Real Madrid as Ladbrokes offer free bets and long odds between the two sides, as Jupp Heynckes’s side look the value to secure a first leg advantage.
With a slightly weakened side in play, Bayern could only run to a 0-0 stalemate against Mainz over the weekend and will need their rested stars to pay dividends in order to bring an advantage back to Spain for the semi-final’s second leg.
Der FCB have netted an average of 2.94 goals per game this season and are the most dangerous outfit to travel to in the German top flight.
It isn’t just attack where Bayern Munich are dangerous however, as Jupp Heynckes’ men have also looked near impenetrable when playing on home soil this season, conceding a sturdy average of 0.38 goals per game.
Although the German giants are enjoying a nine-match unbeaten run at home, Real Madrid pose a serious threat to their very impressive record.
One player who seems aware of the Real challenge is Bastian Schweinsteiger who, speaking over the weekend, said: “It’s all or nothing on Tuesday,”
“We have to go to the limits and beyond, but we can do it with our fans behind us. It won’t be easy, and it comes down to mental strength. I hope we show that mentality which is a Bayern trademark.”
The encounter seems all the more enticing when you consider that it will showcase the most dangerous team in Germany when playing on home ground going up against the best of La Liga when in unfamiliar territory.
Jose Mourinho’s side have scored a massive average of 3.24 goals per game this campaign, failing to get on the scoresheet in just 13% of their away matches this term.
Los Merengues have also managed to keep a clean sheet in half of their away fixtures, making for a tough battle against the likes of Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, a former Real alumni himself.
The visitors may be unbeaten in their last 18 outings in the Primera Liga but have begun to drop form in the last month, allowing for Barcelona to make their way back into the Spanish title race giving Bayern Munich hopes of emerging victorious on Tuesday evening.