Real Madrid might have been dismal domestically this season, but their sheer dominance in Champions League football continues. The defending champions have already won the semi-final first leg tie on the road at Allianz Arena (2-1) versus the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and a favorable outcome on Tuesday night at Santiago Bernabeu will see them clinch a place in the final, thus, getting closer to the third successive Champions League title.
Bayern Munich, under Jupp Heynckes, showed signs of promises early in the game but too many missed chances spoiled their hope. They will now have an uphill task at Bernabeu but must take inspiration from Juventus who almost wiped out a 3-0 deficit and scored thrice away from home in the return leg quarter-final tie at Madrid. Iconic Zinedine Zidane, on the other hand, is on course of winning an incredible three back-to-back Champions League titles and must not bottle it from such a commanding situation.
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Injuries And Suspension
The thigh injury of right-back Dani Carvajal has given Zidane a selection headache ahead of the tie. Centre-back Nacho Fernandez has returned to training for the first time after quite a few weeks but is still uncertain for the midweek encounter. Isco suffered a shoulder injury in the first leg but is back running on the training pitch and might be included in the squad to face the Bavarians.
Bayern suffered a huge blow last week when Jerome Boateng and Arjen Robben – two of their biggest of names were forced to leave the pitch with hamstring and abductor injuries. Manuel Neuer is sidelined for months due to a metatarsal fracture whereas Kingsley Coman and Arturo Vidal are ruled out for the season with ligament and joint capsule tears. David Alaba and Javi Martinez, however, return from injury and likely to be fielded against the Spanish supergiants.
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Probable Lineups:
Subs: Kiko Casilla, Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic, Isco.
Subs: Tom Starke, Rafinha, Niklas Dorsch, Juan Bernat, Sebastian Rudy, Niklas Sule, Sandro Wagner.
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Last Meeting:
The clash of the Titans at Allianz Arena ended in a heartbreak for the hosts who gave away an early lead via Joshua Kimmich as goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio earned Real Madrid a massive win en route to Kiev for the final.
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Key Players:
Both the outfits are star-studded and multiple names who can change the fate of a game. The presence of Sergio Ramos will allow Real Madrid to maintain a defensive resilience whereas the presence of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo upfront makes them likely to score goals against any opponent. The likes of Luka Modric and former Bayern star Toni Kroos will have a massive impact from midfield. Marco Asensio will be a threat from the flanks.
Bayern will rely on marksman Robert Lewandowski in front of goal who had an unimpressive first leg outing. The presence of Franck Ribery and Thomas Miller will help the visitors create chances that must be converted. All eyes, however, will be on Real Madrid loanee James Rodriguez who will return to Bernabeu to contest his parent club in order to show his quality and ability to change the game after being left out by Zidane during a frustrating three-year spell.
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Head-To-Head Stats:
Real Madrid Win: 8
Bayern Munich Win: 6
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Current Form ( In All Competitions):
Real Madrid: W-W-D-W-L
Bayern Munich: W-L-W-W-W
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Betting Odds (Subject To Change):
Real Madrid: 23/20
Bayern Munich: 11/5
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled on Wednesday from 00:15 IST and will be telecast on Sony Ten 2 and Ten 2 HD for the Indian viewers. The game is available on Sony Liv app, however, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.