Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Duo ready for semi-final

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has promised his side's Champions League semi-final first-leg against heavyweight rivals Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena in Germany will be "spectacular" (Bayern Munich 8/5 draw 12/5 Real Madrid 17/10 – live soccer betting prices).

The Bavarians welcome Spain's capital club off the back of an impeccable home record in Europe so far this season and unbeaten sequence at home against the nine-time winners of the competition.
A goalless draw at the weekend in Bundesliga for the second consecutive match means Bayern now trail leaders Borussia Dortmund by eight points with just three regular season fixtures left.
The incentive now for four-time winners Bayern is to win a first European title since 2001 at the Allianz Arena on May 19.
Heynckes, who steered Madrid to the European crown in 1998, says he cannot wait to lock horns with his old club.
He said: "There is a lot of expectation ahead of the game. We will see a spectacular game – not just in attack but also in defence. They will show what they can do and I am looking forward to this. I am expecting a very interesting game."
Punters looking for soccer betting tips  may want to consider the previous meetings between the two sides - the clubs have met in four previous European Cup semi-finals, with Bayern prevailing three times (1976, 1987, 2001) to Madrid's one (2000), and coach Jose Mourinho, a two-time winner, is expecting a difficult night in Germany.
He added: "Bayern are an institution. They have everything you need to be a very big club and they have everything to proceed to the final. We can write history and take the next step. Bayern have lots of individual quality, but there is a strong collective [emphasis], also. And they have a great coach, Jupp Heynckes. They are playing great football."
Both teams have won four of their eight previous two-legged encounters in the competition. The most recent came in the 2006/07 round of 16 when Bayern prevailed on away goals, losing 3-2 in Spain but winning 2-1 in Munich.

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