Last Wednesday's Champions League quarter-finals saw two contrasting European ties.
Atletico Madrid and Leicester’s first leg, between two counter-attacking sides hell-bent on denying each other, yielded a scrappy affair decided by Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann from the penalty spot.
Crucially, the Spanish side denied the Foxes a vital away goal.
The evening’s other match, where Bayern Munich hosted Real Madrid, produced an absolute cracker.
Bayern’s Arturo Vidal put the hosts ahead in the first half and ballooned a spot kick over the bar, before two Cristiano Ronaldo goals swung momentum in Real’s favour.
Despite a second half red card to defender Javi Martinez, Bayern continued to push forward, and the game deserved more than the three goals scored.
The return legs are this evening, and with Atletico too short a price to advance past Leicester, my attention is on the game at the Bernabeu.
Bayern face an uphill task to go through against the current European champions, with Vidal’s penalty miss looking more and more costly.
Since winning the trophy in 2013, Bayern have lost six knock-out games in the Champions League - five of those have been against Spanish opponents.
Martinez’s suspension is another blow, and with Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels in a race against time to be fit, we could see a makeshift Bayern defence.
That is bound to have Ronaldo licking his lips. The Portuguese has 28 goals in 37 games this year and is at his very best on the biggest stage of them all.
Zinedine Zidane’s men are looking to become the first team to defend the Champions League and go into this game with great momentum, following Alvaro Morata’s last gasp winner at Sporting Gijon on Saturday, which made it ten wins out of 11 in all competitions.
Both sides only know how to attack, and I think we could be in for another thriller.
I like 188BET’s 5/2 for a Real win and both teams to score.
Real Madrid win and both teams to score - 5/2 (188BET)