The two European powerhouses Bayern Munich and Real Madrid renew their rivalry as they lock horns for the first leg of the Champions League 2017 quarter finals on Wednesday, 12th of April 2017.

In their last meeting on 2013/14 semi-finals, Carlo Ancelotti was the Madrid manager. Bayern lost 4-0 at Allianz Arena on that occasion, receiving their heaviest European defeat on home soil. Real went on to clinch the title by defeating city rivals Atletico Madrid in extra time.

These two had met for a total of 22 times in European competitions, 20 of those coming in 10 double legged knockout ties. And the teams knocked out each other out of 5 occasions each.

Bayern’s last defeat in a Champions League fixture came by the hands of Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid in the group phase of the current campaign. For the Los Blancos, it was against a Bundesliga side in Germany, at Wolfsburg in the quarter finals last season.

Bayern Munich: Form Guide and Key Stats

The Bavarians are coming on the back of an intimidating home form. They scored 29 goals in the last six at the Allianz Arena, the most recent a 4-1 win against Borussia Dortmund. On a broader picture, they are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season with 18 wins and 3 draws from 21 matches.

The 5-1 win against Arsenal on 16th February is Bayern’s 16th straight home win in the Champions League. Once again, their last home defeat was against none other than Real in the second leg of 2012/13 Champions League semi-final.

Real Madrid: Form Guide and Key Stats

Real Madrid are coming on the back of a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid, which stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 9 matches.

In Champions League Madrid can boast of a 12-match unbeaten run. However, they have won only two of their 5 away games during the period.

The Los Blancos defeated Napoli in the round of 16 with a 6-2 aggregate score, winning both legs by the same 3-1 margin.

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head

Overall 22 Matches: Bayern 11 wins, Real Madrid 9 wins, Draw – 2.

Bayern’s home record versus Real in 11 matches – 9wins, 1 draw, 1 loss.

Bayern’s record against Spanish Teams in European Competitions (53 matches): 25 wins, 12 draws, 16 losses. At home, 18 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses from 25 matches.

Real Madrid versus German Bundesliga sides in Europe (64 matches): 29 wins 12 draws, 23 losses. In away trips to Germany, 4 wins, 7 draws, 19 losses from 30 matches.

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: Prediction

The clashes between these two teams are always closely contested and often decided by the slimmest of margins in the second leg. Bayern must be considered as heavy favourites to win this mainly because of their home record. But they do have a big hole in defense in the absence of Manuel Neuer. Therefore, Madrid will get a goal or two here and Bayern are likely to earn a slender lead to take to the second leg in Spain.

Source: Oscar Suarez