One of the most interesting ties in the Champions League quarter-finals will see holders Real Madrid take on strong contenders Bayern Munich.
The first leg takes place on Wednesday evening at Allianz Arena, and both managers have some doubts over the fitness of star players.
It’s now been four years since Bayern Munich won the last of their five Champions League (European Cup) trophies, and the Bavarians are eager to add the sixth this year.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men had finished second in the group stage behind Atletico Madrid, but they, nonetheless, eased off to the last eight.
Bayern Munich enjoyed two 5-1 victories over Arsenal to set up a clash with Real Madrid and they can now be backed at 1.83 (5/6) to win the first leg against los Blancos.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has faced serious selection worries over the last few weeks, but it looks as though first choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be fit to play.
Robert Lewandowski has been battling a shoulder injury, whereas Thomas Muller should play some part, and Mats Hummels is set to miss out.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Martinez, Alaba – Alonso, Vidal – Robben, Thiago, Ribery – Lewandowski.
With 11 titles to their name, Real Madrid are by far the most successful club in the competition, and they now aim to become the first side to defend the trophy in the Champions League era.
This could prove one of their most successful seasons in recent years considering that los Blancos also lead the chase in Spanish La Liga, where they are three points clear of Barcelona with a game in hand.
A six-match winning run came to an end in the local derby against Atletico Madrid, as Zinedine Zidane’s side couldn’t hold on to a one-goal lead, but they were fortunate to have Barcelona lose at Malaga just few hours later.
Real Madrid head into the Bayern Munich clash with their BBC trio ready to make life difficult for the opposition defenders, but the team have some problems at the back.
Namely, both Raphael Varane and Pepe are out injured, meaning that Nacho will partner Sergio Ramos in the heart of defence.
Full-back Daniel Carvajal missed the final training before the trip to Germany, but he is expected to start at right-back nonetheless.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Navas – Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.