Real Madrid: Iker Casillas, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Angel Di Maria, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
There are major doubts over Real Madrid’s two star players: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. The Portuguese has passed a fitness test but still may not be risked by Carlo Ancelotti after a three-week injury lay-off. The Welsh flyer meanwhile has been out with flu over the past few weeks.
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Dante, David Alaba, Toni Kroos, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery.
Pep Guardiola is missing midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Xherdan Shaqiri through injury, but otherwise has the majority of his star studded squad available. Perhaps the key decision is whether to start Mario Mandzukic or Thomas Muller up front.
Winner are offering a price boost on this Champions League semi-final first leg: Back Real Madrid at 3/1 (was 7/5) and Bayern Munich at 7/2 (was 19/10).
101GG Betting Tip
Real Madrid’s bid for their 10th European Cup see them take on Bayern Munich in the semi-finals in the “European Clasico.”
With all due respect to Atletico Madrid v Chelsea, this is the glamour tie of the last four with the holders facing the side that has won the competition more times than anyone else.
Just two seasons ago, Bayern Munich won out at the same stage of the competition on a penalty shoot-out in the second leg at the Bernabeu.
This time the ties are reversed with Real Madrid playing their first game since winning the Copa del Rey thanks to Gareth Bale’s wonder goal and Bayern Munich appearing to have relaxed a little after securing the Bundesliga in record time.
Both sides line up in similar formations with Bayern expected to dominate possession with Real Madrid looking to counter on the break.
Much will likely depend on individual performances which means the first leg could be a fairly cagey affair compared to what takes place in the second leg at the Allianz Arena.
Nevertheless, there is just too much quality for the first leg to end goalless and we suspect the scoreline will leave this semi-final evenly poised.
101gg predicts: Real Madrid 2 – Bayern Munich 1.
Some essential facts to help with online betting on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
The last three matches between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the Champions League have ended 2-1 to the home side.
Real Madrid have beaten German teams (Schalke and Borussia Dortmund) in both knockout rounds of the Champions League so far.
Bayern Munich have kept a clean sheet in 40% of their last 20 away games.
This fixture is the most repeated match in Champions League history (16 times).
Real Madrid have won their last four matches against Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the top goal scorer in the Champions League this season.
Bayern Munich have had the most possession in this year’s Champions League, whereas Real Madrid have scored the most goals.