iBet: ‘The Force’ may be with Bayern in the Champions League
Bayern Munich V Barcelona, kick off 7.45pm
Lay Barcelona at 2.65/1 with Betfair
Back Bayern Munich to win the trophy at 3/1
This is probably a meeting of the two best teams in Europe currently but regular readers will know about my admiration for Bayern Munich and I sense ‘The Force’ may be with them. The Germans have been simply awesome at the Allianz Arena this season – their tally of 52 goals scored is 14 more than anyone else in the Bundesliga and they also have the best defence, with only 11 goals conceded in 15 games. They have a frightening forward line and seem to be getting better and better as the season progresses, and they have shown their strength in depth recently with some thumping league wins while resting key players for this competition. Indeed they have scored 16 goals in their last three domestic games. And perhaps most crucially, unlike most sides, they will not fear Barcelona. Although the Spaniards have wrapped up the La Liga title very impressively and of course have the Lionel Messi factor, there is a feeling they are not quite as strong as last season. The quarter final was a case in point, when they failed to be PSG in either leg, and went through on goal difference. I think Barcelona would be delighted with a draw here or even a narrow loss, and will be laying them.
Real Madrid are the 23/10 favourites for the Champions League, largely because the bookies can’t split the two teams involved tonight. You can still get 3/1 about Bayern Munich winning the trophy and that looks too big to me.
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