Bayern Munich may have left themselves an uphill climb to qualify for a third successive final at Real Madrid’s expense, but that shouldn’t put punters off lapping up Ladbrokes’ sizzling price on the German champions to win the return leg.
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern ran into the wholly unfamiliar sight of a Real side parking the Bernabeu bus, but 8/11 on them to win the second leg within the 90 minutes is a Ferrari of a price given the history of this match-up.
In fact this coming together of European’s footballing power couple overwhelmingly favours whoever lines up at home.
During the 10 times that Bayern have entertained Los Blancos since they first crossed swords in the 1975/76 European Cup, the Germans have prevailed on nine occasions, while the only deviation from that record was a 1-1 draw back in 2003/04.
The Bavarians left the Spanish capital frustrated by Real’s negative tactics, though you get the feeling last season’s treble winners will not be kept at bay when the tie returns to the Allianz Arena.
A lack of an away goal in their 1-0 defeat is ample justification for FC Hollywood to be labelled 5/4 outsiders to overturn the first-leg deficit and qualify, but simply winning at home is not usually a problem for them.
In the Bundesliga alone, the champs have chalked up a cool 13 wins from their 15 matches in front of Die Roten fans to date, losing only once when the league title was already sewn up.
Bayern have also averaged 2.8 goals per home game in this year’ s competition, putting into context the enormity of the task facing Carlo Ancelotti’s side to protect their fragile advantage.
Expect it to be tight though, as in the two most recent battles at the Allianz a single goal is all that has separated the teams.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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