Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich by Isaiah
Zinedine Zidane used almost his complete second squad last weekend as the team visited Sporting Gijon and the team managed to walk away with important three pointer in their title race, but also to keep their best players fresh for even more important Champions League clash this night.
They had plenty of troubles reaching the victory away to Gijon, as the home team had the lead twice, in 14th minute via Cop and in 50th via Vesga, but the guests were equalizing twice, in 17th via Isco and 59th via Morata, while they sealed the victory deservedly, but late in 90th minute with the second goal from Isco. Real kept now being first at the table, having three points more than second placed Barcelona and a game less played too, which makes them huge favorite to lift the title with seven matches till the end.
Home team is probably set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Ronaldo and Isco on the wings, plus Benzema as central striker, while forward Gareth Bale won't be playing this time carrying a knock from their first leg in Munich. Manager Zinedine Zidane is set to field the same starting lineup as in the first leg. Central defenders Raphael Varane (19/1) and Pepe (13/2) are continuing to be injured.
Bayern Munich, on the other side, also used rotated squad during the weekend away to Bayer Leverkusen and returned back with a point in a goalless draw on Saturday evening. They were beter and looked way more concrete and dominant in the ball possession, however without converting chances properly.
They even played with a man more since 59th minute when Leverkusen's defender Jedvaj had to leave the field due to second yellow card, but the team failed to exploit that numerican advantage. However, the side won't be too disappointed since they continue to lead the table now with eight points more than second placed RB Leipzig and are complete favorites to lift the title with five rounds till the end.
Visitors should be playing in their typical 4-2-3-1 formation using Lewandowski as central striker and with the support of Robben, Alcantara and Ribery as offensive midfielders. Central defender Mats Hummels (25/1) is injured, while other central back Javi Martinez (24/1) serves suspension, meaning most likely that David Alaba could start alongside Jerome Boateng. Robert Lewandowski remains with a shoulder problem, but should be fine to start this time.
- Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 9 matches (UEFA Champions League).
- Real Madrid have won 5 of their last 6 matches against Bayern.
Real Madrid proved to be stronger in attack in the first leg and I expect them to continue in the returning leg in similar fashion. With the hep of their fans they should be able to break opponent's defense even easier since the Germans will be forced to risk more and approach the game more openly.