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Juventus v Real Madrid Betting Tips: 2, 2017-06-03

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JUVENTUS v REAL MADRID Saturday 3rd June 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Europe - Champions League Betting Tips Well, here it is, the grand finale to the european footballing calendar which is the Champions League final, and the venue of the National Stadium in Cardiff is set to provide us with a real treat of footballing expertise, and a battle between Italian giants, Juventus, and the Spanish powerhouse of Real Madrid for the right to claim the Champions League trophy. Looking at Juventus first, and on the domestic front, they claimed the Serie A title by a four point margin ahead of runners-up Roma, and The Old Lady are now in line for the double as they make their preparations for Saturday evening. Following the group phase of the competition, much hype surrounded the French club, Monaco, as people and pundits alike were intrigued to see how far the municipality could go in this prestigious event. On the other hand, Juventus seemingly continued to fly under the radar a little, but when the time came, they saw off Monaco 4-1 over the two legs. Not to mention the little matter of disposing of highly fancied Barcelona in the previous round with the aggregate score of 3-0! This evening’s game is essentially an away match for both sides though, and Juventus have won five of their last six on the road at this level. Potential anytime goalscorers include the likes of prolific striker Higuain (24 goals) along with Dybala (11 goals), Mandzukic (7 goals) and the midfield pair of Pjanic and Khedira (5 goals apiece). Onto Real Madrid, and they have continued to sweep aside all competition, both domestically, and on the european front as they’ve reached the Champions League final with some aplomb, seeing off the likes of Napoli, Bayern Munich and fellow compatriots, Atletico Madrid, although they were given a run for their money in the second leg, losing 2-1 at Atletico. A La Liga title captured at the expense of fierce rivals Barcelona is one thing, but to be crowned winners of the Champions League would really rub salt into an already sensitive wound as far as Barca are concerned, and Real Madrid have the personnel to achieve just that. The attacking trio of Ronaldo (25 goals), Morata (15 goals) and Benzema (11 goals) are all set to start, while Gareth Bale has been cleared to play, but manager Zidane may well opt to stick with Isco (10 goals) in midfield. As a footnote, Real have won three, drawn two and lost one on the road so far in this season’s Champions League to date. This fixture throws up so many different permutations, and so I’ve decided to provide three betting options for you in this, the game of the season! Winner: Real Madrid to win @ 2.80 Comeon (90 minutes) Anytime goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo @ 2.25 bet365 Anytime scorecast/goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo anytime/Real Madrid to win 1-0 @ 15.00 bet365

Juventus v Real Madrid Betting Tip Both teams to score – 3rd June 2017

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
3rd June 2017 Kickoff: 1945hrs Juventus v Real Madrid – Football – Europe – Champions League  The European club season is nearing the end for 2016/17 but there is the small matter of the biggest game of all – the UEFA Champions League final. This year’s showpiece takes place in Cardiff and pits current holders Real Madrid against the all conquering Italian champions Juventus who are chasing their first triumph in this competition since 1996. In a repeat of the 1998 final where Real edged out their opponents 1-0, it really is a clash befitting of such an occasion and there can be no arguments that both teams have been the two best club sides in Europe this campaign. It promises to be one not to be missed. This will be Juve’s second Champions League final in three seasons but they will be hoping for much better fortunes against this Spanish opponent having lost out 3-1 to Barcelona last time. Similar to 2015, Juve are again looking to complete a famous treble by winning this competition and it would cap off their greatest ever season if they managed to achieve it. Since qualifying top of their group before Christmas, there has barely been a moment’s worry for Max Allegri’s men as they have coasted their way to the final. It’s not often you can say that but with aggregate scores of 3-0, 3-0 and 4-1 against Porto, Barcelona and Monaco, respectively, in the knockout stages underline just how dominant this Juventus team have been thus far. There was a feeling two years ago that they carried a fair bit of fortune en route to the final in Berlin and could easily have been eliminated a number of times. That’s certainly not the case this time around and as the majority of their squad is still the same, you have to think the experience of the Barcelona defeat will stand them in good stead for this one. Another Champions League final and another appearance for Real Madrid. Whilst their opponents will be playing in their second final in three seasons, Real are preparing to play in their third in four seasons. Unlike Juve, the Spanish giants can fondly recall their participation in those games having won both – strangely enough against their city rivals Atletico. Winning never gets boring around the Bernabeu, especially when history can be made and that’s the case on Saturday. No club has have retained the trophy since it switched to being the Champions League in 1993 – Zinedine Zidane’s can be that team. Of course, Real are no strangers to winning European club football’s biggest prize in consecutive years having won it five years in a row in the 1950’s/60’s, but we’re now in a more competitive era which is why so many holders of the trophy have failed to oblige the following season. It’s actually only the first time since 2009 that the current champions have even contested the final which indicates how hard it is to go back to back. With their first La Liga title since 2012 in the bag, attention now very much switches to becoming champions of Europe for a 12th time. It’s fair to say that Italian football has not been at its strongest in recent seasons which makes Juventus’ return to this stage even more remarkable. The club continues to take all before them domestically and that includes their rivals best players. Gonzalo Higuain was the latest to be poached from an Italian opponent for an eye-watering £75m. Considering Higuain will be 30 at the end of this year, it was a remarkable amount of money for his services but an indication that the club felt they were close to achieving their goal of winning the Champions League. The sale of Paul Pogba certainly allowed them to part with that amount of money and it has proven to be a shrewd piece of business thus far. Higuain’s goals in the first leg of their semi final against Monaco were significant for a number of reasons but from a man who has suffered so much disappointment in his career – both individually and collectively – he could be on the cusp of removing all of that hurt and doing so against his former employers who deemed him not good enough. It was difficult to gauge how good Real’s triumph was last season as they were handed a kind passage to the final and because it took a penalty shootout to separate the two Madrid teams. There can be no doubt how good this Real team is, however, as they have came through every test that has been put in front of them – and with something to spare, too. Napoli, Bayern Munich and Atletico (again) have all tried and failed to get the better of them over two legs this season but Zidane’s men have gotten stronger game by game. It’s been made all that more impressive considering that it has been done without the services of one of their Galaticos in Gareth Bale. The Welshman has been troubled with injuries throughout the season and looks set for a place on the bench as the mercurial Isco continues to deputise. The natives in Cardiff may not be best pleased about that but there’s no doubting how impressive Isco has been.

Juventus v Real Madrid Betting Tip

This final really does have everything and many side stories in addition. A clash between two Latin giants; two domestic champions squaring off against each other; the current holders returning; Higuain’s personal quest against his former employers and even the small matter of Zidane coming up against the team he made his name with during his playing days. For regular readers of this column you will hopefully have taken my advice back in August and backed Juventus outright. We came extremely close last year to landing the spoils with Atletico Madrid only to be denied in the cruelest of way – let’s hope for better this time around. I am happy to side with my ante-post bet for the majority of my interest in this one but there is one bet I am really keen on. The match itself pits two very different styles against each other as the formidable defence of Juve meets the most lethal attack in the games – inclusive of Cristiano Ronaldo. If there is one team capable of stopping Real’s gluttony of attacking stars then it’s Juventus but to do that for the whole 90 minutes is an incredible ask. Champions League finals are often close affairs and I expect that to be the same again on Saturday with little to choose between them. Recent finals have also seen a strong trend in both teams scoring within 90 minutes. Both teams to score has landed in 10 of the last 12 finals and it looks more than likely to happen again this weekend. Both teams to score 21/20 @ Betfair

Celta Vigo v Real Madrid Betting Tips: 2 HT/FT, 2017-05-17

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CELTA VIGO v REAL MADRID Wednesday 17th May 2017 - Kickoff: 2000hrs Football - Spain - La Liga Betting Tips Celta Vigo face a very tough assignment on Wednesday night, even with home advantage at their Estadio de Balaídos, when they take on La Liga joint leaders, Real Madrid, as the hosts look to avoid a sixth straight defeat. Participation in the Europa League seems to have really disrupted Celta Vigo’s domestic campaign in recent times as they’ve slumped to five straight losses in La Liga with defeats to Real Betis, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Malaga and Deportivo Alaves, and indeed, the hosts have registered just one win from their last eight matches overall, which was a 3-0 win at relegated Granada. After being dumped out of the Europa League by Manchester United, Celta can now concentrate back on the domestic league, but having lost their last three matches on home turf on the trot, it’s going to be very difficult to just ‘turn it on’ again, especially when you’re facing Real Madrid! Visitors Real Madrid are expected to have the bit fairly and squarely between their teeth tonight when they make their way to Vigo with a game in hand over title rivals Barcelona, level on points as we head into the climax of the La Liga season. Real Madrid are way behind Barca though in terms of goal difference (17 goals adrift to be exact), so they’ll be going all out for all three points here to eliminate the goal-difference factor, and having won their last four matches on the trot with wins over Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Granada and Sevilla, they look in good shape here. In addition, Real Madrid’s overall away record stands at an impressive  13-2-2  52/20 (having exactly the same for/against record as Barcelona), which includes having won their last seven away matches on the trot. Pick: Real Madrid HT/FT @ 1.73 Coral

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Betting Tip Real Madrid – 10 May 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
10th May 2017 Kickoff: 1945hrs Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid– Football – Europe – Champions League It looks as though it’s going to be another Champions League heartache for Diego Simeone and his Atletico Madrid players at the hands of their archest rivals. Real Madrid took a commanding 3-0 first leg lead thanks to what seems like a customary Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick, last Tuesday, which stands them in great stead for a third Champions League final appearance in four years and the possibility of becoming the first club ever to win the competition in consecutive seasons. Only the matter of a small miracle will prevent them facing Juventus in Cardiff next month. Having lost out to Real Madrid in each of the last three seasons in the Champions League (twice beaten in the final and once at the quarter final stage) many were predicting that this would be the revenge that Simeone and the whole Atletico club have craved. Whilst Real have been involved in a battle with Barcelona for La Liga, Atleti have been able to concentrate the majority of their efforts on this competition alone and they even appeared to have been given the fortunate position of playing the second leg at home. From the very early stages of the match in the Santiago Bernabeu it was a case of déjà vu, though. Atletico’s usually immense defence looked uncertain and fragile whilst they got absolutely nothing going in an attacking sense. The 3-0 defeat was their biggest ever European defeat under Simeone and leaves them facing an extraordinary challenge to make it to another Champions League Final. Real are relentless at the moment and even when they suffer a bump in the road – as they did when losing to Barcelona in La Liga – their powers of recovery and mentality is such that they simply respond even stronger. The pace and intensity in which they came out last week was too much for Atletico to handle and it would have been an injustice if they did not get those two goals in the latter part of the second half to ensure they make the short journey across the city with this three goal lead. It’s remarkable to think that Zinedine Zidane was rumoured to be under pressure if he failed to deliver at least one of the Champions League or La Liga this season, particularly as they are in a great position in both and he was able to secure the former of this just over a year ago. Zidane has rotated his squad perfectly between the two competitions and that was no more evident than when his younger players blitzed Granada 4-0 away from home at the weekend, allowing his key experienced stars some rest and recovery in preparation for finishing the job in the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Betting Tip

These games are ones not to be missed usually but you cannot help but feel that this tie is already over. Having advised an ante post bet on Atletico Madrid at the beginning of the competition that is tough to acknowledge but the reality is Real are almost certain to score – something they have done in all of their games in the competition this season. That would leave the home team needing to score at least five which looks extremely unlikely, to say the least. Atletico will have to approach this one simply to get the first goal as early as they possibly can and hope they unsettle their opponents. They will certainly have the backing of their supporters in what will be the final Champions League game played at this famous stadium, and the final time it hosts a Madrid derby. As much as I would love for Atletico to turn this around I think it is already beyond them. It will be difficult for them in terms of their approach to the game as so much of their success has been when they are able to be compact and hit on the break – needing three goals at home suggests that will not be open to this time. It leaves them vulnerable against the pace that Real have on the break and they are devastating with it. I actually think it is set up perfectly for the visitors to lay down another marker by winning the second leg, and they would love nothing more than winning the final Madrid derby in the Vincente Calderon. Real Madrid 17/10 @ Betfair

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Betting Tips: BTTS, 2017-05-10

Atletico Madrid
ATLETICO MADRID v REAL MADRID Wednesday 10th May 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Europe - Champions League Betting Tips Atletico Madrid appear to be bowing out of this year’s Champions League following the heavy 3-0 defeat away to Real Madrid in the first leg, and although they hold home advantage at their Estadio Vicente Calderón in this second leg, it’s a very tall order indeed for the hosts to score 4 goals tonight without conceding. Atletico Madrid hold no fears against their crosstown rivals, and even though they lost heavily last week, they’ll be going all out for early goals on Wednesday night. The likes of attacking personnel Griezmann (16 goals) and Gameiro (12 goals) up front for the hosts will always provide hope, but this could be a bridge too far. Nine wins from their last ten matches at home in the Champions League though should keep Atletico Madrid interested here in this second leg. Juanfran has been ruled out, so Hernandez looks likely to fill in again at right-back which could spell further trouble with Ronaldo looking to exploit. Real Madrid registered a very useful 3-0 win in the first leg but not even they could have predicted they’d be holding a three-goal advantage ahead of the second leg, given the recent historical battles between these city rivals in recent years. Real have won their last four matches in all competitions on the trot, and the ominous factor for Atletico is that the visitors have scored a total of 15 goals during this four game phase with the obvious and usual suspects, Ronaldo, Benzema and Isco getting amongst the goals. Real Madrid will be playing their natural game here, and so we’re almost certain to see further goals in this second leg. Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.65 Comeon

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips: Under 2.75, 2017-05-02

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REAL MADRID v ATLETICO MADRID Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Europe - Champions League Betting Tips It’s a very similar feel to this year’s Champions League as Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face off against each other again, but this time in the semi-final of this prestigious competition, for the right to take their place in the final. As well as being a local derby, the stakes are also high for the club that can emerge as the winner over the next two legs, starting on Tuesday night at the Bernabeu Stadium where Real Madrid will be desperate to squeeze out a lead. On the domestic front, Real Madrid have been in pretty good form aside from their one defeat from their last 12 La Liga matches which was a 3-2 loss at home to current league leaders and arch-rivals, Barcelona. Real Madrid are also unbeaten in their last 14 in the Champions League, while they’ve won 12 of their last 13 home matches in this competition. Midfielder Gareth Bale has been ruled out, but the usual suspects of Ronaldo and Benzema should  spearhead the Real Madrid attack tonight. Visitors Atletico Madrid have once again gone deep into the Champions League and they appear to have closed the gap on the ‘big two’ in Spanish top flight football as they’ve become a regular fixture on the european stage as well as becoming a greater threat for the La Liga title. They no longer fear the likes of Barcelona or indeed their crosstown rivals Real Madrid even though they’ve only actually beaten their city rivals once in the last six meetings with them. But the underlying factor in my pick tonight is that if the encounter between Real and Atletico is settled with a winner, there’s more often than not only a single goal in it. Indeed, five of the last six meetings have produced less than 2.5 goals and with the stakes so high in this first leg, I see a very tight affair unfolding here. Pick: Under 2.75 goals @ 1.62 Comeon

Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tips: X, 2017-04-23

Ronaldo - Messi
REAL MADRID v BARCELONA Sunday 23rd April 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Spain - La Liga Betting Tips The Spanish ‘El Classico’ returns on Sunday evening with Real Madrid taking on Barcelona at their Estadio Santiago Bernabéu with the hosts holding a three point lead over this evening’s opponents ahead of this crucial and highly anticipated clash. Real Madrid just need to avoid defeat to their rivals Barcelona in order to take a big step towards clinching the Spanish top flight title, and having put together a useful nine game unbeaten run heading into this clash, confidence is high among the Real Madrid camp. The home side are also in the Champions League semi-final having seen off Bayern Munich 6-3 on aggregate. Real Madrid’s La Liga home record stands at an impressive  12-4-0  40/15 as they remain the only side in the division yet to taste defeat on home turf, and along with talismanic forward Ronaldo (19 goals), Real Madrid also possess Benzema (9 goals) as well as the expected return of Bale (7 goals) from injury here. Visitors Barcelona have had a tough time of things in recent weeks as they’ve crashed out of the Champions League following a 3-0 aggregate loss to Italian giants Juventus (losing 3-0 in Torino, and a frustrating 0-0 stalemate at the Nou Camp), along with a shock 2-0 defeat at Malaga in La Liga prior to their Champions League exit. Barca did manage a 3-2 home win over Real Sociedad in between which has kept their La Liga title dreams alive, but are the cracks starting to appear for Luis Enrique’s side as he prepares for his last El Classico before he leaves his post at the end of this season? Barcelona possess a strong away record which stands at  10-3-3  42/17, but they’ll have to do without the services of Neymar (9 goals) who is serving the second of his two-match ban. Enrique will need to juggle his attacking resources, but more importantly, there’s the question marks over his side’s defensive abilities. Real Madrid would be extremely happy to avoid defeat here, while an out of sorts Barcelona outfit cannot afford to lose this one - this may well end up a draw. Pick: Draw @ 4.10 Bet Victor

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Betting Tips: Over 3 goals, 2017-04-18

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
REAL MADRID v BAYERN MUNICH Tuesday 18th April 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Europe - Champions League Betting Tips Real Madrid took a massive step towards progressing through to the Champions League semi-finals when they registered a vital 2-1 win away at German champions, Bayern Munich, in last week’s first leg of this quarter-final encounter. Real Madrid know that just a draw would see them through to the last four of this competition, and a step closer to defending their Champions League crown following last year’s final win over Atletico Madrid on penalties. The hosts qualified with ease through the group stages along with Borussia Dortmund, which they then followed up with a 6-2 demolition of Napoli over the two legs to move into the last eight. The obvious threat of Cristiano Ronaldo is ever-present, but in their group matches and the last 16, Real Madrid have conceded in each of their home matches. Bayern Munich make the trip over to Madrid for Tuesday night’s second leg facing a 2-1 deficit following defeat in the first leg in Munich last week. However, the German champions are well known for their resilience, and together with their resounding and emphatic 10-2 aggregate win over Premier League Arsenal, they’ll still fancy their chances here this evening. The German’s away results have been inconsistent though in this year’s Champions League as they’ve tasted defeat at Atletico Madrid and Rostov, but have also registered wins at PSV and the aforementioned Arsenal - the latter being a replica 5-1 hammering that they dished out to The Gunners in the first leg! So, an intriguing contest is ahead of us, and although Real Madrid may just edge this one, they’ll be pushed all the way by Bayern Munich here, and I can see both teams hitting the back of the net in this one as the goals flow. Pick: Over 3 goals @ 1.58 Comeon

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Betting Tip Bayern Munich – 18 April 2017

Bayern Munich
18th April 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs Real Madrid v Bayern Munich – Europe – Champions League Real Madrid took a massive step towards being the first team to successfully defend the Champions League when winning 2-1 in Munich last Wednesday. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo – who reached 100 goals in European competition in the process – provided the champions with a crucial victory against a team many believed were best equipped to go all the way in 2016/17. The tie is certainly not over but the advantage is most definitely with Zinedine Zidane and his players going into Tuesday’s return. It was an excellent away performance all in from Real last week and one that laid down a marker to Bayern and the other six teams remaining in this year’s Champions League. It’s also another feather in the cap for Zidane who – just as it was in his playing days – seemingly only knows how to succeed in management. Ronaldo stole all the headlines by scoring both goals but the result and performance was courtesy of another excellent team display with all of those who took part contributing. The only slight negative on the night was that their dominance – especially in the second half – did not result in a bigger margin of victory to ensure the second leg would be that bit more comfortable. Nevertheless, Real come into the home leg knowing that if they can avoid defeat (or even take a 1-0 loss) then they will reach yet another semi-final. Knowing Real, however, they’ll only be looking to win. It was a disappointing evening for Carlo Ancelotti as he took on his former club for the first time since leaving at the end of the 2014/15 season. The Italian was dealt a massive blow in the build up to the first leg as star striker Robert Lewandowski was ruled out late on with a shoulder injury. His absence was obvious as Thomas Muller struggled to offer anything close to as similar a threat as that of the Pole. Lewandowski returning to fitness will give his team a much needed boost following the loss last week, particularly how it came about. Bayern were on top for the first half and should have taken a two goal lead into half time but Arturo Vidal blazed his penalty over the bar. It proved to be crucial as Real responded early in the second half and the naïve dismissal of Javi Martinez meant it was an uphill struggle for the Germans. They also had Manuel Neuer to thank for ensuring that the defeat was not much heavier in the end and leaves them with hope they can still turn this around.

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Betting Tip

I alluded to how close I felt these two teams were in my preview of the first leg by remarking that I believe the tie could go all the way. Whilst I never anticipated Real winning in Munich, I still think there is plenty of mileage in this for Bayern. Last week’s match proved yet again just how fine the margins are at this level and if you fail to take advantage of the periods when you are on top then it is very difficult to win games. The missed penalty and sending off were crucial moments in that match but in terms of the tie overall, Bayern will know they were lucky to escape with a 2-1 defeat – such were the chances that Real passed up. I will stand by my prediction that there is little between these two and because of that I’ll take Bayern to win tomorrow. Whether that’s enough to see them through the tie remains to be seen but I would not put anybody off backing 2-1 to the away team and for this to require extra time or penalties to decide the victor. Bayern Munich 19/10 @ Bet365

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Betting Tip Bayern Munich – 12 April 2017

Ronaldo - Alaba (Real v Bayern)
12th April 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Football – Europe – Champions League Along with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are perennial presences in the semi-final stage of this competition but only one of them will be involved in the last four this time around. It was somewhat inevitable that Carlo Ancelotti would be drawn against his previous employer at the first time of asking and whilst it would be more fitting to be further on in the competition – even the final – we get to sample two of Europe’s finest compete over two legs, both of whom could barely in better form. With another Bundesliga title all but wrapped up following their emphatic 4-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at the weekend, Bayern can now concentrate on winning their first Champions League since 2013. Pep Guardiola was unable to achieve it in his three years in charge but few coaches have a greater European pedigree than Carlo Ancleotti who won it twice with AC Milan and again with Real Madrid. Bayern could only finish second to Atletico Madrid in the group stage but they were still able to stroll past Arsenal in the round of 16 as they scored 10 goals over the two games. It was a sign of their intent and an indication of how much life is left in this team despite some concerns earlier in the season. Being drawn against the current champions at this stage is anything but ideal but Bayern look formidable at the moment and could barely be in a better place as they try to seek revenge for losing heavily to this opponent in the 2015 semi-final. Real Madrid may not have had the hardest passage to last year’s final but they are masters at getting the job done when it matters most and that is what sets them apart from most clubs. Now on 11 European Cups, the Spanish heavyweights are looking to become the first ever team to retain the Champions League and it would be just like them to claim another bit of history ahead of all their rivals. What is different this time around is that they are not having to sacrifice domestic honours in pursuit of more European glory, currently holding top spot in La Liga. For all their success the club have had, they’ve not actually won both competitions in the same season since 2000 which is not in keeping with other recent winners of the Champions League. Many fancied Napoli to spring a surprise in the previous round but Real ultimately showed their class and that desire to win that has been a real feature of Zinedine Zidane’s time in charge. Bayern represent another challenge altogether, though.

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Betting Tip

Zidane was understandably disappointed when overlooked to replace Ancelotti back in 2015 having been the Italian’s assistant. He had to bide his time that bit longer as Rafael Benitez was quickly removed but the Frenchman has not looked backed since been given the opportunity. Ancelotti will know all about the opposition but that’s only one thing – trying to stop them is another. Real continue to go from strength to strength this season and will be confident of progressing from this tie. They may have to suffer along the way, though, as Bayern are in the best part of their season and with Robert Lewandowski leading the line having the most in form striker in European football at their disposal. These games so often come down to individual brilliance or mistakes and Ancelotti will be aware that getting the first goal in this game is crucial to Bayern’s chances. They lost an early goal in the semi-final a couple of years back which played right into Real’s hands and their love of the counter attack. It’s a tie that I can see going all the way, even venturing into penalties, but home advantage may just see Bayern home in this particular game. Bayern Munich 17/20 @ Betfair