Chelsea v Bayern Munich Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Champions League Chelsea v Bayern Munich

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Stamford Bridge

Punter's Pick

Games involving Bayern Munich generally equal goals, so even with this being only the first leg of a knockout stage expect plenty of goalmouth action – 2.5 goals and over at 4/7 with Bet365 looks to be nailed on.

Can anyone look past the great Pole Robert Lewandowski to be on the scoresheet? The prolific marksman led Spurs a merry dance on his last visit to the capital, and should kick off the scoring at 21/10, again with Bet365. Alternatively Serge Gnarby can expose a lack of pace Chelsea have at full back on both sides and find the net anytime at 6/4, again with Bet365.

Chelsea welcome German giants Bayern Munich to Stamford Bridge in a rerun of their 2012 Champions League final, with the home side hoping for a similar outcome over the two legs.

Can Stuttering Chelsea make a big statement?

With defeats against Liverpool, Manchester United (twice) and Manchester City already this season, Chelsea have often looked out of their depth against superior opposition. 2-1 wins against Arsenal and Tottenham have been rare bright spots against fellow ‘top six’ sides, but generally Frank Lampard’s side have at times looked tactically out of their depth and exposed against better teams.

With a place in the top four not guaranteed, and a testing FA Cup clash on the horizon against runaway league leaders Liverpool, Lampard will have to juggle his resources even more over the coming weeks to ensure his debut season at Stamford Bridge does not quickly unravel into disappointment.

Formidable opponents await the home side

Whilst The Blues struggled to get out of their group stage despite featuring rather modest opponents in Ajax, Valencia and Lille, the Germans were busy steamrolling through their own group stage. Bayern won all six group stage games, including a 7-2 rout of another English side in London, with Spurs being the unlucky recipient of a devastating four goal burst from Serge Gnarby amongst others. Their +19 goal difference was also a new record in the Champions League group stages, showing the attacking power at their disposal.

Domestically Munich have not had it all their own way, and even took the unusual step of sacking manager and former playing Nico Kovac mid-season. Since then results have picked up, and they currently sit at the top of the table by one point in a thrilling five way battle at the top of the league. With the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski leading the attack with 42 goals in just 38 games so far this campaign, the home side will be under no illusion about the size of the task in terms of keeping a clean sheet in the first leg.

Team News

Key midfielder N’Golo Kante misses out for Chelsea, leaving a massive hole in the middle of the park against a slide Bayern Munich midfield. Christian Pulisic, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also set to be missing, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is available after returning to the bench against Tottenham on Saturday. Tammy Abraham also came off the bench in that game to make a return from injury, although Olivier Giroud may keep his place after his man of the match performance in that 2-1 win.

Bayern defender Niklas Sule (knee) misses out along with winger Ivan Perisic (ankle).

Veteran Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez could return after missing the previous six matches with a muscle tear.

Entertaining clash to go Germans way?

Whilst brilliant going forward, Bayern can often be vulnerable at the back, which should give the Blues some encouragement they can get something from the first leg. However time after time Chelsea have looked easy to pick off in the Champions League this season, and they will face an uphill struggle to get much better than a score draw from this clash against an experienced and exciting Bayern side.

Punter's Pick

Games involving Bayern Munich generally equal goals, so even with this being only the first leg of a knockout stage expect plenty of goalmouth action – 2.5 goals and over at 4/7 with Bet365 looks to be nailed on.

Can anyone look past the great Pole Robert Lewandowski to be on the scoresheet? The prolific marksman led Spurs a merry dance on his last visit to the capital, and should kick off the scoring at 21/10, again with Bet365. Alternatively Serge Gnarby can expose a lack of pace Chelsea have at full back on both sides and find the net anytime at 6/4, again with Bet365.

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