Bayern Munich vs Liverpool predictions, betting tips and match preview for the Champions League last 16 second leg tie on Wednesday 13th March. A 0-0 draw at Anfield leaves this fixture finely poised and means that victory for either side will guarantee them a spot in the quarter-finals.
These two have had contrasting fortunes in their respective domestic divisions in recent weeks which makes this Champions League match-up arguably the most intriguing of those played this week. Liverpool started the campaign at lightning speed but have lost their grip of first place in the Premier League, with Bayern now at the summit of the Bundesliga after giving rivals Borussia Dortmund a head start in the title race. As such, there is a rather compelling argument that suggests mentality will be the deciding factor in which of these two advances to the next phase of the competition. Both teams have quality, of that there is no doubt, but I make Liverpool slight favourites based purely on the fact that a score draw, or better, will be enough. The 20/21 on them progressing appeals greatly.
While Bayern have floundered for large parts of the campaign, talismanic forward Robert Lewandowski has remained as consistent as ever. The Polish striker is the highest scorer both in the Champions League and the Bundesliga, so there’s really not much more he could have done to help a team that has underperformed in patches over the past 12 months.
If the German champions are to get the better of Liverpool then they’ll almost certainly have to score. And avid watchers of Europe’s premier club competition will fondly remember the four goals Lewandowski whacked past Real Madrid to knock Los Blancos out before signing for current club Bayern a short while later. The 30-year-old is an 11/10 poke to notch at some stage here and that will reel punters in for no reason other than he’s surely the most likely to score when push comes to shove.
Liverpool may feel they missed a great opportunity to steal a march over Der FCB when the two met in February but many will tell you that the most important thing is to escape your home tie without conceding. The Reds did just that and now go into this one knowing that should they score once then Bayern will need to hit back with at least two goals – and that doesn’t seem particularly likely given the recent sturdiness of Liverpool’s back line. I think we’re in for a great contest here and a close encounter would only further add to the drama and excitement.
It remains to be seen if either team will approach the fixture with the sort of caginess you might expect given what’s at stake but I do believe it will be Jurgen Klopp’s men who participate in the next round. A 1-1 score would therefore suit the visitors, and that’s a 13/2 shot with Paddy Power.