BAYERN MUNICH are Champions League favourites but face the toughest of tests against meanies Atletico Madrid tonight.
It’s a fascinating tie – the best defence in Europe against what’s possibly the strongest side in the world.
Diego Simeone’s Madrid side have home advantage in the first leg and will be determined to prevent the away goal that would hand the edge to the Germans.
Pep Guardiola has managed sides to Champions League semi-finals seven years in a row but in the past two seasons has suffered heavy defeats to Barcelona and Real Madrid. So will it be a hat-trick of Spanish miseries before he heads to Man City in the summer?
Atletico shut out Barcelona in the Vicente Calderon in the last round to qualify and are 21-10 at Betfred to do so again.
The Madrid masters have kept four consecutive clean sheets in all competitions and seven in eight at home.
Incredibly they have shut out 11 of their previous 12 Champions League visitors including Barcelona (twice), Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea. So for the brave who like stats-based bets you have to look at Atletico to win to nil at 7-2 with McBookie.
Despite Bayern’s brilliance they haven’t won an away tie on the knockout stages for two years and haven’t scored on the road this season after the group stage so consider Atletico at 2-1 with bet365 to win or 13-12 with 888sport draw no bet.
Fernando Torres is back on form with goals in his last five outings but Antoine Griezmann has 30 for the season and is the man I’m backing to score first at 5-1 with Paddy Power.
Bayern’s goal machine Robert Lewandowski is the same price while Paddy have Thomas Muller priced at 6-1.
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