Champions League Semifinals 1st Leg: Atletico Madrid vs Bayern MunichPublished April 27, 2016 by Sol FH
After knocking out Spanish giants Barcelona, Atletico Madrid must now deal with the powerhouse from Munich. Whistle blows tonight at 19:45 GMT.
Gone are the days that Atletico Madrid were in a lower classification that Barcelona and Real Madrid. The recent success of the Rojiblancos in both La Liga and in the Champions League is proof of what this team can do. Now tied with Barcelona in points in the Spanish League and looking for their second league title in three years, and having made it to the final four in the Champions League for two of the past three seasons, Atletico can officially be called a favorite and even online oddsmakers are taking notice.
Atletico will host Bayern Munich tonight at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid in front of a sold out crowd of well-wishers that want to see if their team can continue having the incredible success they have come accustomed to over the last years. They go to battle tonight without center-back Diego Godin, but Fernando Torres will be looking to score his sixth goal in the last seven games.
Bayern Munich a Win Away from another Title
If Atletico are the newest giants in European Soccer, Bayern Munich could definitely be held as the most consistent. Bayern are just one win away from a fourth Bundesliga Championship and are a regular staple in the semifinal and the final of the Champions League. Although they will be playing without Arjen Robben (thigh), Bayern Munich should be able to disturb the Madrid defense, what is arguably the best in Europe at the moment.
UEFA Champions League Betting News
After a draw in last night's semifinal opener between Manchester City and Real Madrid, punters now have a chance for even more competitive odds at bet365 Sports for tonight's match. Surely Atletico can beat Bayern at home. Bayern are still favored by the UK sportsbook at 2.62, while a win for the home team is 3.00 and a draw is 3.20.
There will be live audio broadcast by bet365 Sports, as well as live in-play betting for those punters that want an interactive online gambling experience.