From the very start of this tournament, Bayern Munich was the front runner in UEFA Champions League picks and though that hasn’t changed as they barrel in to the finals against a super talented side from Real Madrid, their stranglehold on the top spot is in serious peril. The second match of the semi-final will take place at Allianz Field with Madrid holding a one-goal advantage on the aggregate after a 1-0 win in Spain last Wednesday. The oddsmakers seem to prefer Bayern but Madrid looks completely capable of bursting through to the semi-finals
The fact that the game is in Germany is a huge advantage in and of itself. One of the insider trends for UEFA Champions League picks is taking Bayern at home because they haven’t lost on their own field that much in the past two seasons. In fact, they’ve only last at home four times since the beginning of last year and that has to send rippled of intrigue through soccer universe as the defending champions attempt to overcome the margin and claim victory against a high powered side from Madrid.
Bayern Munich V Real Madrid – Madrid Leads 1-0 Aggregate
Tuesday, April 29th — 11:45pm EST
UEFA Champions League Odds: Bayern -155 / Madrid +115
Ancelotti has insisted that his team will continue to attack Bayern in Tuesday’s final, and it’s hard to argue with the logic. He will feature Benzema, Cristiana Ronaldo and Gareth Bale up front and that’s a trio that Bayern will struggle against. The best hope for the champs is Madrid reverting in to defensive mode so they can apply pressure, and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to be the case. It’s full go for Madrid in UEFA Champions League picks.
There was a ton of opportunity left on the table by Madrid in the first leg, and that has to have Bayern sweating during a span where they haven’t been performing at their best. History says otherwise as Bayern’s strong home record includes winning 9 of 10 against Real Madrid. The other game was a draw.
Despite all of the well justified backing that Bayern has earned as defending champs and the absolute team to beat in UEFA Champions League picks, there’s a lot worth saying about Madrid’s passion and speed, which has created a brilliant four game winning streak. Bayern deserves to be favored, but Real Madrid is the take in what promises to be a semi-final for the ages.
UEFA Champions League Picks – REAL MADRID