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Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

11:31 BST 01/05/2018
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Los Blancos boast a first-leg advantage and our tipster believes Zinedine Zidane’s men will seal another Champions League final appearance in style

Real Madrid already have one foot in a third consecutive Champions League final according to the bookmakers.

888Sport have the holders at just 1/4 (1.25) to qualify from this two-legged affair while Bayern Munich are available at 3/1 (4.0) to turn things around at the Bernabeu having lost the first meeting between the pair. However, it's worth noting that no team has ever overturned a 2-1 home first-leg defeat in the Champions League in seven previous attempts.

Latest Odds

Madrid are 59/50 (2.18) with 888Sport to secure back-to-back wins over the Bundesliga champions, a draw would also see Zinedine Zidane's men qualify and is priced at 3/1 (4.00) with the same firm.

A Bayern win is an 21/10 (3.10) chance, so while the visitors are sizeable underdogs, they are certainly still in with a chance of securing the victory they need to be in with a chance of reaching the final.

Team News

Arjen Robben will miss out for the German side, who will also be without Jerome Boateng. Manuel Neuer and Kingsley Coman are both long-term absentees while there are also question marks over both David Alaba and Javi Martinez for their trip to the Bernabeu.

Isco and Dani Carvajal will likely join Nacho on the sidelines but Zidane certainly has fewer selection headaches to ponder than his opposite number and that could be significant.

Preview

Another glut of goals is expected after an open first leg a week ago. Over 3.5 goals is just Even money (2.0) with 888Spor,t who are 1/3 (1.33) on both teams finding the net for a fourth straight Champions League clash between these two European heavyweights.

Having won back-to-back editions of this tournament the hosts certainly have the experience of how to get the job done in these tight encounters. While a classy Bayern outfit shouldn't be written off, Zidane's side have been experts in the latter stages of this competition and have reaped the benefits.

Cristiano Ronaldo has consistently come to the fore when needed for Madrid but Robert Lewandowski is now on a run of four European matches without a goal. Without the injured Robben, the underdogs will be even more reliant on their star man - but will the Poland international make an impact? He’s 23/20 (2.15) to net anytime.

Tips and Predictions

Their defeat to Juventus in the quarter finals was the first time Los Blancos have lost a knockout game at the Bernabeu under Zidane, winning the other seven.

While another victory isn't essential here, Bayern's need to push forward in search of goals plus their growing injury list means backing Madrid to record a another Champions League win over the Bavarians at 59/50 (2.18) makes plenty of appeal.

The visitors have failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous 13 games on the road in this competition and the reigning champions should be too hot to handle once again on home soil.

Real Madrid to win at 59/50 (2.18) for a 2pt stake with 888Sport