Preview - Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid 26 April 2018

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Champions League Semi Final First Leg
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich: 
Last five matches form: W D W W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.30
CL Average goals against per match: 0.80
CL Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (5)

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: W D L W D
CL Average goals per match: 2.60
CL Average goals against per match: 1.20
CL Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (15)

Clashes don't come much bigger than this as German heavyweight's Bayern Munich welcome Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid to the Allianz arena.

Bayern were made to work a lot harder than many anticipated in the last round against Sevilla, before eventually coming through 2-1 on aggregate. They have been on fire in the Bundesliga since the second leg of that tie though, rattling in 14 goals in three games.

Real really should have made it through to the semi-finals in comfortable style having done the hard work when wining 3-0 at Juventus. They did contrive to throw that lead away though and in the end relied on an injury time Ronaldo penalty to scrape through. They have been a little under par in La Liga since that dramatic encounter, but for Real it's now all about the Champions League and nothing else.

The incredible Cristiano Ronaldo is the main danger to Bayern's hopes here. The Portuguese has remarkably scored at least one goal in all ten of Real's Champions League clashes this season. To keep that run going all the way to the final would be a remarkable achievement, but if anyone can do it, Ronaldo can.

Kingsley Coman and Arturo Vidal remain out for Bayern, but despite being on loan from Real Madrid, James Rodriguez is eligible to play.

Real have a fully fit - and well rested - squad to choose from having had the weekend off in La Liga. The main debate centres around whether Benzema or Bale will get the nod up front. We would be a little surprised were it not Benzema though whose hold up play could be a useful weapon here.

Bayern have only conceded once at home in the Champions League this season, but will face their stiffest examination to date here.

The same comments apply for Real Madrid though as Bayern can be an irresistible force going forward on their day.
This is tough to call but we will take Bayern for the win.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3 - 1 Real Madrid


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots: 17 - 7
Shots on target: 5- 4
Corner Kicks: 10 - 3
Possession: 60% - 40%

Three players booked here with Franck Ribery and Thiago Alcantara seeing yellow for the home side and Casemiro doing likewise for Madrid.

Bayern bossed the stats but only had one goal to show for their efforts as Real Madrid grabbed a crucial advantage headed into the second leg at the Bernabeu next week.

The German side did take the lead here and somewhat predictably on loan Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez played a significant role in the goal. It was the Columbians incisive ball that played in Joshua Kimmich on the right-hand side of the box. The angle looked tight, but the youngster went for power and the near post. That was enough to beat Keylor Navas. 1-0 Bayern.

It was all Bayern at this stage and in the 34th minute Franck Ribery had a golden opportunity to double their advantage. Played in on the left with only the keeper to beat, he was let down by an uncharacteristically poor touch.

Having barely been in the game, Madrid somehow made it into the break on level terms. A cross from Sergio Ramos being headed back across goal to the edge of the area to find Marcelo who produced an excellent volley into the bottom corner.

As the second half began, still Bayern piled on the pressure, causing havoc from set-pieces and balls played across the box to no avail.

Then in the 57th minute they were caught on the counter. Lucas Vazquez breaking down the left and spotting Marco Asensio running into acres of space towards the edge of the box. Excellent finish from Asensio as Sven Ulreich raced out to meet him and Madrid had the lead.

Madrid withstood a barrage of crosses in the remainder of the game, whilst Navas proved equal to a couple of Ribery efforts. Madrid were dangerous on the break though, with Ronaldo having an effort chalked off for handball and Benzema forcing a good save from Ulreich.

Madrid now favourites to qualify, but as witnessed in their quarter final against Juventus, there may be a fair bit of drama left in this one yet.

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