Bayern Munich look to overturn a 1-0 deficit when they host Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night for the second leg semifinal clash of Champions League 2015/16 season.
The Bavarians are in their fifth semifinal appearance in a row and made into the finals both in 2011–12 and 2012-13, but knocked up by Spanish oppositions in the last two occasions. They lost to Real Madrid in 2013-14 and Barcelona in 2014-15 and now they will be keen to avoid a knockout by a Spanish opposition for the third consecutive occasion.
The 2013-14 Champions League runners up, Atletico Madrid are making their third semifinal appearance inside three seasons and they have a slight advantage over their German oppositions. Thanks to a wonder goal by Saul Niguez that gave them a slender lead to take it to the return leg in Germany.
Bayern Munich had won 7, drawn 2 and lost 2 from their 11 Champions matches this season so far. They have struggled away from form recently, but still boast of a formidable home record in the competition.
Bayern Munich have won all of their 5 matches at home in this season’s UEFA Champions League. They have scored a mammoth 19 goals during the process and conceded just 3.
Atletico Madrid’s overall record in this Champions League season reads 7 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats from 11 matches. They have kept clean sheets in 7 matches in the competition and didn’t let a goal in their last two.
Atletico have failed to win their last two matches, first a 0-0 draw against PSV followed by a 2-1 defeat in the quarter final to Barcelona. Their overall record in the competition away from home this season read 2 wins, 2 draws and a defeat from 5 matches.
Bayern Munich: Team News
Jerome Boateng player 68 minutes in Bayern’s 1-1 home draw against Gladbach at the weekend and he is likely to start here Mehdi Benatia in the center defense.
Arjen Robben and Holger Badstuber remains sidelined through injuries, while Sebastian Rode is a minor doubt with an illness.
Bayern Munich: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Bernat, Benatia, Boateng, Lahm,
Muller, Vidal, Thiago, Costa,
Atletico Madrid: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Tiago is the only confirmed absentee in Atletico squad in the trip to Munich, who is out with a leg injury.
Both Diego Godin and Yannick Carrasco are expected to return to the squad following the recovery from their respective injuries.
Diego Godin to start in place of Jose, is the only change expected to the squad that earned a priceless 1-0 win against the same opposition a week ago.
Atletico Madrid: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Felipe Luis, Savic, Godin, Juanfran;
Koke, Fernandez, Gabi, Saul;
Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-Head Stats
Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich faced-off against each other on two occasions prior to the first leg clash at Madrid; both came in the 1974 edition of European Cup final at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. Bayern grabbed a 120th equalizer to force a 1-1 draw to force a replay and two days later the Germans ousted the Spaniards comfortably by 4-0. Both Uli Hoeness and Gerd Muller scored two goals each on that occasion.
Bayern Munich’s overall record against Spanish teams in 50 matches is 23 wins, 12 draws and 15 losses. But their home form reads a formidable 16 wins, 5 draws and 2 defeats from 23 matches.
Atletico Madrid’s overall record against German oppositions in UEFA competitions out of the 35 matches played so far is 17 wins, 6 draws and 12 defeats. The home record in 16 matches is 11 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats. But their record in 16 visits to Germany read 5 wins, 3 draws and 8 defeats.
Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid: Prediction
Atletico Madrid have one feet in the finals and they have the luxury of not having conceded a goal at their home in the first leg. And what they do best is not allowing goals pass them and they can surprise the opposition with quick counter attacks.
Bayern has a massive job at hand on Tuesday as they must win it by a 2 goal difference if they fail to keep a clean sheet. And their opponents are on a different league than those they had met so far.
I feel Bayern can win on Tuesday, but I doubt if they will be able to keep a clean sheet. My score prediction for this match is a 2-1 home win for the Bavarians, this will also see them getting knocked out by a Spanish side for the third year in a row from the Champions League semifinals.
Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid: Bet Tips
Best Bet: Over 0.5 goals at half-time.
Qualification Bet: Atletico to Qualify.
Big Money Bet: Handicap – Bayern to win (0:1).