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Real Madrid v Bayern Munich preview: Robert Lewandowski in line to start

April 17, 2017 1:03 PM
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Real Madrid v Bayern Munich preview: Robert Lewandowski in line to start

Bayern Munich are hopeful Robert Lewandowski will be fit as they look to overturn a 2-1 first-leg defeat in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid.

A Cristiano Ronaldo double, including his 99th and 100th European goals, ensured the Champions League holders take two away goals into the return fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bayern's top scorer Lewandowski missed the first leg with a shoulder injury, along with Saturday's 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen.

However, he trained on Sunday and told the club website: "I'm fine. I'm very pleased I was able to take part in training today. Everything's OK."

Lewandowski has scored 38 goals in 40 appearances this season and scored four times in Madrid for Borussia Dortmund in 2013.

"Lewandowski is a quality player but it's not all about him," said Madrid midfielder Casemiro. "They've got a brilliant squad. We'll need to be at our best and not just focused on one man."

Arturo Vidal had given the Bundesliga champions the lead in the first leg, but also missed the chance to double Bayern's lead from the penalty spot.

Real rested several of their regular starters at the weekend as they beat Sporting Gijon 3-2 in La Liga.

Real will be without Gareth Bale due to an ankle injury, with the Wales international also a doubt for El Clasico against Barcelona on Sunday.

Both sides have defensive concerns with the hosts definitely without centre-backs Raphael Varane and Pepe through injury.

Bayern's preferred centre-back duo Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels face a race against time to be fit, while Javi Martinez is suspended after being sent-off in the first leg.

All five previous teams winning 2-1 away from home in the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie have progressed to the next round.

This is the 24th European Cup/Champions League fixture between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid - the 18th under the Champions League era - a record in the history of the tournament.

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are perfectly level in their European Cup/Champions League knockout encounters, progressing five times each.

Bayern Munich have lost eight of their last 10 away games against Real Madrid in all competitions (W2), including the last five. In fact, Bayern last beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in May 2001 thanks to a goal by Giovane Elber (1-0).

Bayern Munich have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the sixth consecutive season. In fact, in each of the five previous campaigns, they've also systematically made it to the semis.

Real Madrid have reached the semi-finals in each of the previous six seasons. A seventh in a row would constitute a new record.

Since 2010/11, Real Madrid have won 34 of their 40 Champions League games at Santiago Bernabeu (D4 L2). Their two defeats during that time came against Barcelona in April 2011 (0-2) and Schalke in March 2015 (3-4).

Real Madrid have also never failed to score in their last 34 Champions League home games, longest ever run in the competition. Barcelona were the last team to leave the Bernabeu with a clean sheet (2-0 in April 2011).

Champions League outright favourites Real Madrid are 13/10 to beat Bayern Munich again, with the German giants 17/10 to win and 9/4 to qualify for the semi-finals. Zinedine Zidane's men were cut to 7/4 to defend their title after triumphing in Munich, while their visitors are now out to 9/1 to lift the trophy.

Ronaldo is the 7/2 favourite in the first goalscorer betting while Lewandowski's value for the hosts is clear from his place at the head of their side of the betting at 4/1.

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