Barcelona play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday looking to overcome a 4-0 deficit from last week.
Bayern Munich shook world football when they smashed four past Barcelona at the Allianz Arena last week and now are firm favourites to be at the Champions League final in London.
Barcelona have already beaten AC Milan 4-0 at home in this season’s competition but Bayern Munich propose a different type of challenge, their attacking prowess was too much for Barcelona last week and they will surely score a tie-killing away goal at the Nou Camp. That would leave Barcelona needed six goals to progress, a feat even beyond them with a fit Lionel Messi.
You only have to look at Bayern Munich’s away record in the knockout stages prior to this to all but write Barcelona off here, they won 3-1 against Arsenal in London before going to Turin and beating Juventus 2-0 at a canter. Barcelona only scraped past PSG in the last round with a 1-1 home draw thanks to a cameo appearance from Lionel Messi, on one leg.
There is reason to back Bayern but they don’t need to win the match so it’s not wise. One concern for Bayern Munich punters is the way they crumbled against Arsenal in the second leg but those fears were somewhat dashed by the 2-0 win against Juventus.
Barcelona succumbed at this stage last season against Chelsea and this is the end of the road for them again here, for an outside punt, back a repeat of the Chelsea scoreline and have a few pound on a 2-2 draw at 14/1 with Bet Victor.
It is hard to see Bayern Munich failing to score so back either of the Mario’s to score anytime. Gomez’s performance in the first leg is hard to ignore but Mandzukic has been first choice of late, back whichever one starts to score in the 90 minutes.
Barcelona have only won one of their last seven Champions League knockout matches, one of their last six matches in the competition and one of their last seven against German opposition. Back Bayern Munich or draw double chance at 20/21.
Bayern Munich or draw double chance – 20/21 with Bet365
Mandzukic to score anytime OR Gomez to score anytime (whoever starts) – 2/1 with Coral
Correct score 2-2 – 14/1 with Bet Victor
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