Champions League: Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich match Prediction, Team News and Lineups

Champions League: Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich match Prediction, Team News and Lineups
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Champions League: Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will face off in the Champions League for the 28th time in their lengthy and storied histories on Wednesday night at the Bernabeu in the second leg of their semifinal.

Following a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena last week, the two past European conquerors shook hands. Borussia Dortmund or Paris Saint-Germain will be waiting to greet the Bernabeu winner.

Real Madrid, no strangers to crushing dreams of Champions League glory, survived an early storm at the Allianz Arena last week and delivered a sucker punch akin to Vinicius Junior in the first half.

Champions League: Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich match Prediction, Team News and Lineups

However, the Brazilian was required to be Los Blancos’ late saviour in the second half.

Leroy Sane’s thunderous near-post finish and Harry Kane’s composed penalty turned the first leg on its head, but Vinicius’s second of the evening ensured that the semi-final would be left hanging precariously after Kim Min-jae, whose performance was nothing short of catastrophic, felled Rodrygo inside the box.

Four days after their journey to Bavaria, Carlo Ancelotti’s backup team won a record-tying La Liga title.

They defeated Cadiz 3-0 and then watched as Girona crushed their nearest rivals, Barcelona, to guarantee their name would be inscribed on the coveted trophy for the 36th time.

Real Madrid’s only goal going forward will be to add Champions League number 15 to their already impressive trophy collection in advance of their return to continental nights at the Bernabeu, where they have scored in 28 straight Champions League games following a shocking 3-0 loss to CSKA Moscow in December 2018.

Only Juventus has claimed as many titles in the history of Europe’s major five leagues.

Since their Copa del Rey elimination in January at the hands of local rivals Atletico Madrid, the reigning Spanish champions have won all 20 of their games overall.

By the time Wednesday’s match comes around, it will have been precisely 13 months since Real Madrid last suffered a home loss in any circumstance.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are two teams that could only have one of them win the Champions League and the top flight at the end of the season.

The visitors to the Spanish capital, however, had their title taken away from them by Bayer Leverkusen and are still yet to place in the top three.

With three straight wins going into Saturday’s trip to Stuttgart, Thomas Tuchel’s team at least looked to be finishing the Bundesliga season strong.

However, their hosts completely destroyed the competition for second place with a 3-1 victory, even though they were playing against a depleted FC Hollywood team.

Bayern, whose spring injury problems intensified with the loss of defence combination Eric Dier and Raphael Guerreiro at MHPArena, an incredibly frightening sight considering their rearguard woes on the road, found little solace in Kane’s 36th goal of the Bundesliga campaign from the penalty spot.

In fact, since shutting out Manchester United in December 2024, Bayern has failed to maintain a clean sheet away from home.

In fact, they have conceded multiple goals in eight of their previous ten games on opponent land, winning only three of those appallingly bad runs.

Bayern’s defensive woes continue; in nine prior encounters with the renowned Blancos manager, they have failed to record a clean sheet and have gone 16 games without one against Real Madrid; no team in Champions League history has gone winless against a manager as bad as Bayern’s.

Real Madrid Champions League form:

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Real Madrid form (all competitions):

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Bayern Munich Champions League form:

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Bayern Munich form (all competitions):

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Thibaut Courtois returned from his second knee injury of the season in Real Madrid’s victory over Cadiz over the weekend, giving them multiple reasons to celebrate.

On Wednesday, the MVP of the 2022 Champions League final should replace Andriy Lunin in goal.

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David Alaba, the former Bayern defender, is the only absentee for Ancelotti to deal with for the second leg due to Courtois’s comeback and Dani Carvajal’s return from a European suspension.

Ancelotti will likely make many changes after the Real coach used a subpar lineup for the Cadiz victory.

The players who will be back include Vinicius, Jude Bellingham, Rodrygo, Toni Kroos, and Federico Valverde.

However, Ancelotti should decide against keeping Eder Militao, who is still not nearly playing at his best following an ACL injury.

By comparison, Guerreiro’s ankle injury against Stuttgart is anticipated to keep him out of the lineup for the rest of the season, and Dier, who had also been dealing with a minor thigh ailment, left the field in halftime of that same match, covered in blood.

Dier’s move was purely preventative, though, and the former Tottenham Hotspur player should be back in action on Wednesday. 

Additionally, Matthijs de Ligt is close to making a comeback from a knee injury, which might bolster Tuchel’s lineup even more.

But Kingsley Coman’s groyne injury will prevent him from playing again, and Tarek Buchmann (hamstring), Sacha Boey (hip), and Bouna Sarr (ACL) will also be watching the second game from the sidelines.

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:

Courtois; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior

Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:

Neuer; Kimmich, Dier, De Ligt, Mazraoui; Goretzka, Laimer; Sane, Musiala, Gnabry; Kane

Our prediction for this match 2-2 draw or 3-2 won by Madrid

Champions League: Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich match Prediction, Team News and Lineups

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