Neither Atletico Madrid nor Chelsea could bring home the double/treble money bacon in their dour Champions League semi-final first-leg 0-0, but the boys in black and yellow are rolling out the big guns again when nine-time winners Real Madrid host defending champions Bayern Munchen.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side edge favouritism at 29/20, with the visitors at 8/5 and the draw 13/5, but the football gods seem to be conspiring against Real at just the wrong time.
With Los Blancos potentially shorn of at least one of their two top-scorers in the competition this term, FC Bayern forward Thomas Muller gets the nod at 13/2 to bag the opener, with those odds due to double or treble if he breaks the deadlock and goes on to nab one or two more.
Real Madrid’s €200m danger-duo Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo could both miss this match, which would diminish Los Blancos’ first-scorer chances.
Ronaldo was thought to be ready to return to Ancelotti’s first eleven for this clash after sitting out his side’s last four games, but the Portuguese faces a late fitness test on a hamstring strain he picked up while nursing a knee complaint.
With Gareth Bale also a doubt ahead of Pep Guardiola’s return to Spain, picking a Real first-scorer becomes a treacherous task, as the wing pair have broken the deadlock in half of their team’s Champions League matches this term.
11 of Muller’s 17 FCB goals this term have come away from home.
A startling proportion of the 24-year-old’s goals have come on the road in the last two campaigns, with 13 out of his 21 Die Roten strikes in all competitions last season registered on away days.
Furthermore, Muller has bagged two away braces since late February, with the first of those featuring an opening goal.
The 46-cap Die Mannschaft man has scored 13 CL goals over the last two campaigns and struck in each of the last two rounds.
Muller has cracking form for showing up on the big stage, having tied with David Villa and Wesley Sneijder as top scorer at the last World Cup and notched five knockout-stage goals for Bayern en route to their 2-1 Champions League final win over Borussia Dortmund in 2012/13.
He’s already bagged goals in this season’s last 16 against Arsenal and in the quarter-final at home to Manchester United, marking Muller out as a man in striking form.