Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: Betting Odds & Prediction

Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: Betting Odds & Prediction

The match kicks-off at 8:45pm.

Security will be tight at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park with a crowd of 80,000 expected, likewise at Munich's Allianz Arena which is a 70,000-seater sell-out.

Ancelotti won the Champions League at Real in 2014, before Zidane claimed the trophy last season for the 11-time winners, while Bayern Munich are Europe's joint third most successful team having been crowned champions on five occasions.

"It's the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Bayern against Madrid - I would prefer for both teams to have all their players available", Kroos told reporters.

Ancelotti says "little things will make the difference" between the star-studded squads that will see two goal-scoring giants go head-to-head.

Cristiano Ronaldo has not been performing to his usual heights this season while Gareth Bale has struggled for form since returning from injury with some reports in Spain suggesting he could be dropped for the clash.

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The often combustible Real dressing room has been calmed during Zidane's tenure by his laid-back approach and respect for his achievements as a player.

"We're ready for Real", said Ancelotti, who led Real Madrid to the 2014 title with Zidane as his assistant, a run which included defeating Bayern 5-0 on aggregate in the semifinals. "It's a European cracker featuring two top teams".

"Whether Lewandowski plays or not won't affect our strategy or our confidence for the game". But for today's match, key absences on both sides will play a large role in the result.

Things are certainly different now, but Bayern Munich fans will still be a little anxious as they will be without first choice defender Mats Hummels after he damaged ankle ligaments over the weekend.

Real Madrid enters the match in mostly good health but is lacking at center back with longtime starter Pepe (rib) and Raphael Varane (hamstring) unavailable. Dani Carvajal is doubtful.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer returned to training on Monday, increasing the likelihood of him playing against Real Madrid on Wednesday. It's two good teams coming up against each other and that's all there is to it. We also notice it outside the club, not only in terms of the media, but also when talking to friends or acquaintances in Munich.

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