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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid predicted XIs: Confirmed team news and probable line-ups

By Dean Smith

Published: 17:29, 29 April 2024

Champions League semi-finals don’t get much bigger than this as Bayern Munich take on Real Madrid for a place in the final at Wembley on June 1st.

The pair have landed the big prize no fewer than 20 times between them and both will be buoyed by the fact previous competition favourites and holders Manchester City are out of the reckoning following their quarter-final defeat to Real earlier this month.

Bayern got the better of Arsenal to seal their place in the final four and they are second favourites behind Los Blancos to get their hands on the trophy.

It promises to be a pulsating first-leg contest in Munich with kick-off scheduled for 20:00 BST on Tuesday 30th April. All the action at the Allianz Arena will be shown live on TNT Sports 1 in the UK.

Real are slight favourites to take an advantage back to Spain for next Wednesday’s return leg, and recent history suggests they may take some stopping in Germany.

Bellingham boost great news for Real

Jude Bellingham has been the star of the show for much of his debut season at Real Madrid and he should make a welcome return to their starting line-up following an illness that kept him out of the weekend win over Sociedad in La Liga.

The England man has scored 21 goals since his move to Spain and he has scored plenty of crucial goals along the way. The most recent of those was the winner in a 3-2 win over Barcelona in last week’s instalment of El Clasico.

Having spent a couple of seasons in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, Bayern will be only too aware of Bellingham’s capabilities and they will have to be on their guard at the Allianz Arena.

Rodrygo should also make a welcome return for Real and the forward is another player who could cause plenty of damage for the visitors.

The Brazilian has scored 20 goals this season, including five in as many outings, netting in each leg of Madrid’s quarter-final victory over Manchester City.

Harry Kane will once again lead the line for hosts Bayern. It’s 46 goals and counting for the England skipper in his debut campaign with the Bundesliga giants, and although his new side will be disappointed with their lack of success this season, Kane will be delighted with how things have gone on a personal level.

Bellingham, Kane and Rodrygo are all ones to consider in the goalscorer markets.

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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid team news

Alphonso Davies is available for Bayern after missing the second leg of their quarter-final against Arsenal due to suspension, but there are concerns over Konrad Laimer (ankle) and Matthijs de Ligt (knee) after the pair were both forced off over the weekend.

Livewire forward Jamal Musiala missed that win over Eintracht Frankfurt with a tendon issue and is a doubt. Leroy Sane may also be sidelined and Kingsley Coman remains unavailable.

There is good news for Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, who should see his squad boosted by the returns of Jude Bellingham, Rodrygo and Ferland Mendy.

However, Thibaut Courtois and former Bayern star David Alaba remain long-term absentees, although the latter is edging towards a welcome return.

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid predicted line-ups

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Kim, Dier, Davies; Goretzka, Pavlovic; Muller, Musiala, Gnabry; Kane

Real Madrid (4-3-1-2): Lunin; Vazquez, Rudiger, Tchouameni, Mendy; Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior