Champions League semifinals: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich leg 2 betting preview

By: Quinn Allen
08 May 24
News - Champions League
Champions League semifinals: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich leg 2 betting preview

A spot in the Champions League final is on the line on Wednesday as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich go to battle in the second leg of their semifinal affair. The kick-off is scheduled for 3 PM ET at the Santiago Bernabeu. The return fixture was an absolute treat to watch, ending 2-2 in Munich. Vinicius Junior produced the goods with a brace for Los Blancos, while Harry Kane and Leroy Sane hit the back of the net for the Bavarians. Continue reading for the match preview and injury news.


  • Real Madrid and Bayern meet in the UCL semifinals on Wednesday
  • The first leg ended 2-2 in Munich
  • Below, find our match preview

Real Madrid

Fresh off clinching the LaLiga title, Carlo Ancelotti’s men will be hungry to book their spot in the showpiece. The 14-time UCL winners have been a regular fixture in the latter stages of this competition for a long time and despite having no Karim Benzema anymore, they’ve remained an absolute force. Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo are the future of this attack, while Jude Bellingham is enjoying a marvelous debut campaign in Madrid.

Los Blancos haven’t tasted defeat in the Champions League in 2023-24, going a perfect 6-0-0 in the group stages before dispatching RB Leipzig and title-holders Manchester City in the knockout rounds. Vini has five goals and four assists in the UCL, while Bellingham has four goals and four assists. Rodrygo has also netted five times while setting up another two. The youth is making their presence felt at Real.

Ancelotti’s group is currently enjoying a 20-game unbeaten run. Their last loss came in the Copa del Rey on January 18th to Atletico Madrid. It’s also important to note Madrid hasn’t lost once at home all season across all competitions. That will have the hosts feeling extremely confident on Wednesday in front of their die-hard supporters. Los Blancos are a -115 favorite at Bodog.

Bayern Munich

To say the 2023-24 campaign has been a mixed bag for Bayern would be an understatement. After 10 years of dominance, they finally lost the Bundesliga title, with Bayer Leverkusen running away with the trophy under Xabi Alonso. Thomas Tuchel was informed early in the season that he won’t be back in 2024-25, but he’s still managed to guide the side to a deep run in the UCL.

Bayern finished atop their group before comfortably beating Lazio in the Round of 16. The quarterfinals were slightly more difficult, but the Germans still progressed past Arsenal, with Kane getting revenge on his former North London rivals. Speaking of the Englishman, he’s now bagged 44 goals in his first Bayern season, winning the Bundesliga Golden Boot and serving as an irreplaceable piece in their UCL pursuit.

Munich slipped up over the weekend, losing 3-1 to Stuttgart, who are now right on their heels in the Bundesliga table. Finishing in the top four is almost a foregone conclusion at this point, but Bayern will be shifting their focus to the only trophy they can still win, which happens to be the most prestigious one in European football. But, marching into the Bernabeu and handing Madrid a defeat on home turf will be very tough, hence why the visitors are an underdog at all soccer betting sites.

Injury news

Madrid finally has Thibaut Courtois back, which is huge news. He’ll be in between the sticks on Wednesday. Dani Carvajal is also available after serving a suspension, so David Alaba is the only absence for the Spanish giants. As for Bayern, they’re without Kingsley Coman, Bouna Sarr, Sacha Boey, and Tarek Buchmann. Matthijs de Ligt could return for the second leg as well. 

Quinn Allen is a seasoned sports journalist from Vancouver, Canada. Quinn is a full-time senior editor for ClutchPoints where he specializes in baseball, soccer, basketball, and football. Quinn has been working in the industry for five years and brings a unique outlook to sports journalism, having played high-level soccer and baseball growing up. Quinn resides in Kelowna, Canada, and enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym.