JOHANNESBURG: The reigning kings of Europe Real Madrid visit Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich in what is believed to be a final before the final in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.
The winner of this tie will almost face Liverpool in the final as the Reds are one step ahead of reaching the dream final following crushing Roma 5-2 at Anfield.
The Republic Mail takes a look at team news, television details, key players and predications for the UEFA Champions League semi-final.
What is it?
It’s the first leg of UEFA Champions League between five time European champions Bayern Munich 12 times European champions Real Madrid.
When is the game?
The game is at Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany, will be played on Wednesday 25 April.
What time is the Kick-off?
South Africans will get the match under way at 20:45pm.
Where to watch?
SuperSport 3 (Ss3) will be broadcasting the match, with the match build up starting at 20:00pm, football fans can follow SuperSport 3 for the latest, Post-match analysis, reaction and match report, before kick-off.
What are the possible Line-ups for both Clubs?
Bayern Munich (Home): Ulreich; Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Alaba; Martínez, Thiago; James, Müller, Ribéry; Lewandowski
Injured: Vidal (knee), Coman (ankle)
Real Madrid (Away): Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo
Doubtful: Nacho (muscular)
Who are the key players for both clubs?
Bayern Munich: James Rodriguez
Lewandowski should be the threat, but James Rodriguez will be the serious deadliest player on the night. He has been a prolific man for Jupp Heynckes this season and surely he will go all out against his former team who parted ways with him last summer.
Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo
If it’s not “CR7” Ronaldo who else could be? He is fast, he is strong, he is sensational, he is scoring goals, he keeps on breaking UCL records and what else do is needed from him? Ronaldo will look to score yet again when he face The Bavarians.
What is The Republic Mail prediction?
This is a tight one to predict but somehow, The Republic Mail feels that the home team Bayern Munich will use that 12 man on the stands to past the regaining European champions. But again Real Madrid will be a threat and they will get those crucial goals.
The Republic Mail Prediction: Bayern Munich 3- 2 Real Madrid