Real Madrid v Bayern Munich, Wednesday 19:45
After adding fuel to the fires of their journey to La Liga domination, Real Madrid will look to build on Saturday’s victory over Barcelona by booking their place in the Champions League final as Ladbrokes offer free bets and mark the Spaniards down as big odds on favourites in the betting to triumph over Bayern Munich.
Jose Mourinho’s men ran out a deserved victory at the Camp Nou over the weekend after going into the lead twice and with an extended seven-point lead at the top of the table, would now seem almost certain to win the Primera Division title.
However, in order to progress to the Champions League final, Los Merengues will first have to overcome a 2-1 deficit following their first-leg defeat at the Allianz Arena next week.
Jupp Heynckes has known since their loss at Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago that his side would face a near-insurmountable battle in reclaiming the Bundesliga title but it became official on Saturday that Jurgen Klopp would be bringing the trophy back to Dortmund.
As Bayern are now assured of finishing second in the league, Der FCB will be focusing their entire efforts on European success and the first obstacle in that hunt will be grabbing a result at the Santiago Bernabeu this Wednesday.
Although they may have proved triumphant at Barcelona over the weekend, Real have shown themselves to be vulnerable when playing at home, conceding an average of 1.06 goals per home game this season and keeping a clean sheet in only a quarter of their matches in home territory.
Los Blancos have identical records both home and away this campaign, losing one and drawing two for either.
Come Wednesday’s fixture, Bayern will be striving to mimic the likes of Malaga, Valencia and Barcelona, all of whom have managed to grab results at the Bernabeu.
After resting a number of key players in the weekend win over Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich will have the more energetic set of players whereas the hosts could be tired after their journey to Barcelona just four days ago’ something that could be a telling factor in who we see in the final of the 2011-12 Champions League final.