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Real Madrid vs Bayern: Hosts can make home dominance count

| 25.04.2012

Bayern Munich have a narrow advantage ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday, but the Germans will have their work cut out away to Real Madrid, at 5/1 for victory.

The Bavarians clinched a 2-1 success in injury time last Tuesday, but Real have a 100% home record in Europe this season, and will be confident of extending that at 8/15.

It is 16/5 that Bayern achieve the draw that would send them to a final at their home stadium meanwhile, though this outcome hasn’t occurred between these sides at the Bernabeu since 1976.

Jose Mourinho engineered Bayern’s downfall the last time they played in the Spanish capital, though Inter Milan were the Germans’ opponents in that Champions League final of 2010.

He aims to produce a similar result to that 2-0 victory in charge of Real though, and having bested Bayern by this scoreline in two of their past four Bernabeu encounters, 6/1 odds about it happening again appear generous.

Those who feel as though the home side will progress in a rather straightforward manner may also be attracted to 6/5 odds on a Real win giving up a one goal start.

It could also be worth noting that Real have turned a half-time lead into a full-time victory on three of the past five occasions the sides have met in Spain, and Los Merengues are attributed 11/10 odds to achieve the same feat here.

Alternatively, you could back Mourinho’s men to win both halves at a lengthy 15/8.

With Los Blancos notching well over 100 goals in domestic competition this term too, they look way overpriced as 11/10 chances to find the net both before and after the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the obvious choice to be Real’s first scorer, with the iconic Portuguese an 11/4 shot to break the deadlock.

Physical striker Karim Benzema will pose a threat too though, and is an interesting proposition at 9/2 to get the opener.



John Klee