Betting Tips

Back Bayern BTTS to beat Champions League holders Real Madrid

Reigning champions Real Madrid travel to the Bavarian capital for the tie of the round to face German giants Bayern at their Munich fortress.

The main narrative surrounds Bayern’s boss Carlo Ancelotti plotting his way past his former side Real, who he led to the historic la Decima, thrashing Pep Guardiola’s Bayern side 5-0 on aggregate in the last four in 2014. The experienced Italian will pit his wits against his former pupil Zinedine Zidane, who he mentored during his spell in charge of Italian Champions Juventus — the Frenchman later became his trusted assistant at the Bernabeu.

Historically, Bayern hold a minimal edge with eight wins, seven defeats and a solitary draw in 16 European games. Arjen Robben, Xabi Alonso and Toni Kroos will all face their former employer too as two fairly evenly matched sides do battle. Remember though no team has ever successfully defended the Champions League and Real look ripe for the taking without the injured Raphael Varane and Pepe in central defence.

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Bayern’s backline will also be deprived through injury of the impressive Mats Hummels, but any team boasting the attacking talents of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are perfectly capable of nicking a goal anyway to take back to Madrid.

But you simply have to fancy Robert Lewandowski to score at any time 10-11 with Sky Bet. The Polish striker has a phenomenal record against the Spanish side, scoring all four goals for his former side Borussia Dortmund when they dispatched Real in the 2013 semifinal — Sergio Ramos will still be having nightmares about that game in Westphalia.

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Thiago is also in the form of his life in the Bayern engine room too. The ex-Barca midfielder’s cunning and guile, combined with the clinical efficiency of Lewandowski, can give Bayern a precious advantage to take to Spain. Therefore, BTTS Bayern win at 23-10 with William Hill is the play for the day.

Add Manuel Neuer, the world’s best goalkeeper into the mix, Bayern look a banker at 4-5 with William Hill for a 17th successive home Champions League win (a competition record) to put themselves into prime position to seal a semifinal spot next week.