Bayern v Liverpool Champions League Betting Tips
After a cagey opening leg, both sides need goals as Bayern Munich host Liverpool at the Allianz Arena. Although neither side could break the other down at Anfield, both sides will be hoping to score and settle this match without extra time. Bayern and Liverpool are both locked into title challenges domestically and will be hoping to avoid playing any longer than they need to. Bayern come into the game in more impressive form but as Liverpool have proven in Europe, they can be more than a match for any side.
Bayern’s Recent Form
Since The First Leg
Since the sides last met in Liverpool, Bayern have gone from strength to strength, going top of the Bundesliga for the first time since September. In the 3 games since the first leg, Bayern have scored 12 goals, conceding just 1, as the Bavarians finally look like hitting their stride. A difficult 1-0 home win against Hertha Berlin was followed by a 5-1 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach at Borussia-Park. Gladbach were 3rd in the table at that point but couldn’t hold a candle to Bayern. They went one better in their next match with a 6-0 win over Wolfsburg. Robert Lewandowski grabbed a couple, but the rest came from midfield and defence. With Bayern’s full team on form, goals can come from anywhere and Liverpool will have to prepare for threat from any position.
Liverpool’s Recent Form
Since The First Leg
Whilst Bayern have consolidated their title charge, Liverpool’s has faltered slightly after 2 draws in their last 4 matches. One of those draws came against an in form Manchester United side, just 5 days after the first leg. Although Liverpool failed to impress in that one, they made amends against Watford. Sadio Mane rediscovered his goalscoring touch and Virgil Van Dijk added a late double in a 5-0 drubbing of the Hornets. Just as things started to look up again, Liverpool drew 0-0 in another derby, this time against Everton. On Sunday, another high scoring game came to Anfield in a 4-2 win against Burnley. Sadio Mane again scored twice and Roberto Firmino marked his return with a goal as well. That makes it 5 clean sheets in their last 6 matches for Liverpool, but can they keep another one against Bayern Munich?
Where’s the value?
With both teams in free scoring fashion, and also needing goals, both teams to score might be a safe shout. Liverpool have scored 12 in 6, with Bayern scoring 18 in their last 6, combining for an average of 5 goals scored between them in recent games. So with plenty of goals between them, it’s just up to choosing a winner to see where the value lies. Bayern have only lost once at home all season, including scoring 8 goals in 3 European fixtures so far. Liverpool on the other hand, have lost all 3 away games in the Champions League this season, including a 2-0 defeat to lowly Red Star Belgrade. Going off form in Europe this season, it’s hard to back against a Bayern win.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Bayern are hitting their stride this season and Jurgen Klopp might have to sacrifice the Champions League to finally bring a Premier League title to Anfield. I can see last year’s finalists bowing out early this time around.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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