When and Where: The Champions League Semi-Final First-Leg kicks-off from the Allianz Arena at 2.45 p.m. ET. Live coverage will be carried by the Fox Soccer Channel. An online stream of the match will be available in delayed form with a subscription to FoxSoccer2Go.
Preview: One of the great European Cup rivalries--statistically the greatest--is renewed on Tuesday when Bayern Munich take on Real Madrid in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena.
The two European powerhouses have won the continent's premier club competition 13 times between them and will be meeting for the fifth time in the semi-finals.
Real Madrid are considered favorites by most observers, with an avalanche of attacking options featuring the imperious Cristiano Ronaldo, along with Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuan, Mesult Ozil, Angel Di Maria and Kaka.
Yet, in familiar style, Real boss Jose Mourinho has stoked the flames ahead of the clash by mocking the pre-match words of some of those associated with Bayern and claiming that Real are in-fact the underdogs.
You hear or read top-of-the-line people such as Franz Beckenbauer, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Mourinho said, according to the Guardian.
They are all of the same opinion that Real Madrid are not a good team and they are favorites and that we have some sort of complex, he added sarcastically, according to the Guardian.
So, yes, I think we are the ones who are outsiders. Bayern are a very good team with a fantastic coach, very good players and it's a very strong institution, big football club with big institutional power.
While Mourinho may have been speaking with his tongue firmly in cheek, Bayern should certainly pose Real the toughest test they have faced so far in what has been a relatively straight-forward path to the semi-finals.
An attack that features Mario Gomez, with 43 goals to his name this season, as well as the threats of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller is capable of putting any team to the sword.
And Bayern coach Juup Heynckes says his side warrant level billing with Real.
We will see two teams in good shape and there is no clear favorite to me, he said, according to UEFA.com. I know Real quite well, they have improved a lot this season, and their attack is impressive. We are expecting a very offensive side, particularly in Madrid.
As if Bayern needed extra motivation than the prospect of reaching their first Champions League final since 2009, then it is that the final next month will take place in their home stadium.
Team News: With the title all-but surrendered to Borussia Dortmund, Bayern rested a number of first-team players for the match with Mainz at the weekend. Franck Ribery, Mario Gomez, Toni Kroos and Phillip Lahm should all return to the side to face Real.
Heynckes biggest selection dilemma concerns whether to play Sebastian Schweinsteiger in midfield. The vice-captain was left out of the side to face Dortmund last week, reportedly sparking an angry reaction from the 27-year-old.
Mourinho has been tight-lipped about the team he will select for Tuesday's first-leg, with speculation centering on whether the Portuguese boss will select the in-form Kaka. It remains likelier, though, that Mourinho will opt for Mesut Ozil for the match in his homeland.
Xabi Alonso was suspended at the weekend, but will return in midfield here. Angel Di Maria could also come back into the line-up with Gonzalo Higuian likely to drop out and Karim Benzema occupying the lone striking role.
Prediction: While Real will be cagey, they also know how valuable an away goal could be. With the attacking options Los Meringues possess, Bayern's defense may struggle to cope. But at the other end the Bavarians are also capable of opening up their oponents This could well end in a scoring draw, which would be advantage Real for the second-leg back at the Bernabeu.
Bayern Munich 1-1 Real Madrid