The clash of the titans is ahead of us, as Barcelona and Bayern Munich meeting in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Whoever wins here, will have massive chances of reaching the title, as history suggests so. Did you know that whenever Barca and Bayern met in the knockout stage of the UCL, the winner of their contest would eventually grab the trophy? Cool, isn’t it? The game will take place at Estadio da Luz, Benfica’s home, and we expect to see one hell of a battle between two sides who play efficient and open-minded football, stuffed with nice moves and attractive goals.
Barcelona (+240) comes into this one as an underdog, and that is something we haven’t seen in a long time. Furthermore, Blaugrana is not a minor underdog, but a long shot according to the bookies, who know their way around these days. If you followed the recent competitions, you could see that they made little mistakes when creating odds for both the efficiency and final results.
But to come back to the subject of our preview and that is Quique Setien’s side. Barcelona showed a solid play against Napoli, once eliminating the Italians, 3-1, regaining a bit of their lost confidence. Messi was looking good, Suarez was sharp, and the only thing which was a bit slim was the middle, but that should be much better now, as there aren’t as many injuries as before.
In four of six road matches following the restart, Barca recorded clean sheets. In just one of them, the five-time European champions couldn’t score two or more goals.
Bayern Munich (+100) came out strong against Chelsea, even though just a few believed that they have the strength to do so after a pause following the Bundesliga ending. The Bavarians were all over the Blues who were still in the competitive rhythm, showing everyone that they are top candidates for winning the UCL alongside Man City.
A 4-1 victory against Chelsea was the eighth match over the last nine in which Bayern participated that saw over 2.5 goals. In all of them, the German champs scored at least twice.
Everything will be clear to you once we add that Hansi Flick’s side has 18 straight victories in all the competitions and that they pretty much rolled over every opponent since the New Year. The last competitive loss these guys experienced was in December the previous year.
Morer and Umtiti are injured, and they won’t play for sure, while Ousmane Dembele’s status is questionable.
For the Bavarians, Benjamin Pavard won’t play.
Head to Head Matches
Barcelona eliminated Bayer five years ago, beating them 3-0 in Spain and after that losing 3-2 in Munich. Two years earlier, we saw Bayern humiliating Blaugrana with 7-0 on aggregate, 4-0 in Germany, and 3-0 at Camp Nou.
So far, we saw 10 games between these two sides in the recent history, with Bayern winning 6, Barca two, and two ending without a winner.
Over 2.5 goals are the first and the main choice here with the moneyline for that set at -185. If you want to increase the profits, go with both teams to score and over 2.5 goals with the odds at -125.
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