Bayern Munich Holds Edge in Second Leg, But Will They Advance?

Published on April 29th, 2014 1:57 pm EST

Two of the most popular football clubs in the world, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, will be squaring off in the second leg of their Champions League semi-finals match on Tuesday.

Thanks to Real Madrid's 1-0 victory at home last week, the odds of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid advancing to the Champions League finals are very close. Here are the odds as of this moment:

Real Madrid, 1.57
Bayern Munich, 2.50

Real Madrid did well by not only winning last week, but by holding Bayern Munich to zero away goals. If Real Madrid can score at least one goal on Tuesday, they will force Bayern Munich to win the match by at least two goals, which will be no small feat against one of the world's top football clubs. This is why Real Madrid has the decided advantage heading into Tuesday's second leg, despite the fact that Bayern Munich will be playing at home.

Here are the odds for Tuesday's match:

Bayern Munich, 1.80
Draw, 4.20
Real Madrid, 4.33

Nobody is expecting Real Madrid to win on Tuesday, but they are expected to keep things close. If they happen to lose 2-1, they will advance to the Champions League final while Bayern Munich will go home.

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Bayern Munich has one of the stingiest defenses in all of football and this will certainly play to their advantage on Tuesday.

Through 32 games of Bundesliga action so far this season, Bayern Munich has only allowed 22 goals. Sure, Real Madrid has a number of incredible offensive weapons (including, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo), but if any team can hold Real Madrid to a clean sheet at home, it's Bayern Munich.

What are the odds of Bayern Munich winning and holding Real Madrid to a clean sheet? 3.40. If Bayern Munich wins 1-0, the two teams will have to move to extra time and possibly penalty kicks to decide the winner. If Bayern Munich scores at least 2 goals and blanks Real Madrid, they will advance to the finals to play against the winner of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

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Who will come out on top on Tuesday? Whatever happens, this should be a spectacular game.

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