Atletico Madrid host German giants Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon in the Champions League semi-final first leg, as the home side look to exact another European giant-killing.
Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich
Champions League semi-final first leg
Live on BT Sport Europe/ BT Sport Europe HD
Atletico Madrid have once again defied the Champions League odds to make it to the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition. Diego Simeone’s team were given the daunting task of defeating European champions Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
Los Rojiblancos did just that courtesy of a brace from French forward Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win in the second leg at the Calderon.
Their good defensive record has proved the cornerstone of their campaign, as the men from Madrid have kept clean sheets in six of their last eight outings in this competition. Simeone’s team cannot be written-off and are odds of 135/67 with 888 Sport to pull-off another major win.
Bayern are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games and have been prolific in front of goal in this competition scoring at least two goals in six of their last seven outings in Europe.
Pep Guardiola’s side made it through to this stage of the competition by beating Portuguese side Benfica 3-2 on aggregate. For all the Bavarians strengths they have been relatively poor on their travels in this competition, having won just twice in in their last nine games.
Bayern are favourites to win this tie, but this is certainly no easy passage into the final. The German champions can be backed at odds of 17/10 with William Hill.
Poland international Robert Lewandowski has scored eight times in this competition and can be backed at odds of 5/1 with Coral to open the scoring in this clash.
For me this is a case of an immoveable force coming meeting an irresistible object and will probably finished in a tight draw. The draw can be backed at odds of 11/5 with Paddy Power.