Bayern Munich 4/9 to lift the Champions League trophy
Bayern Munich are 4/9 to lift the Champions League trophy for a fifth time after they successfully progressed past Real Madrid in a dramatic penalty shootout in their semi-final. The German outfit will now face English Premier League side Chelsea, who overcame Barcelona to reach only their second Champions League final. It’s 5/6 for Bayern to beat Chelsea in 90 minutes with the Blues 4/1 generally to claim their first Champions League title (13/5 draw).
Bayern go into the match as the short price favourites and with home advantage the German’s look a good bet to once again dominate Europe’s elite competition. They will however be without David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo after the three players all picked up yellow cards against Real to rule them out of the final.
Chelsea go into the final at the Allianz Arena without John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles but having already overcome Bayern in their only competitive fixture to date (2004/05 Champions League quarter-finals), the Blues will be confident that they can once again bring an end to the German’s European dream.
It will be interesting to see what sort of team Roberto Di Matteo will name. Will he go for broke and play a very attacking formation or play it safe due to Bayern having a wealth of attacking options. One player that will definitely cause Chelsea a few problems is the Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez. The German international has been instrumental for his team in Europe this season and having already recorded a total of 12 goals in the Champions League, the 6/5 available with Bet 365 for Gomez to score in 90 minutes could be a rewarding bet. Another player that Chelsea will have to watch is former player Arjen Robben. The Dutch international may have fond memories of playing at Chelsea having won the Premier League title but you can guarantee that he won’t hold back when Bayern and Chelsea lock horns. It’s 13/10 with Bet365 for Robben to score in 90 minutes and 7/1 he scores a brace.
One football betting market that could produce a return is the 4/1 available with Paddy Power for the half time/full time result, draw/Bayern Munich. It’s hard to see either side running away with this fixture in the first half of the match (half time draw evens) and with Bayern playing the final on home soil, we expect the German giants to run out eventual winners. Another betting market that could be a good value bet is the 12/1 available for Bayern to win on penalties.
Whatever happens at the Allianz Arena its guarantee to produce a feast of football betting action. As we’ve previously said it’s hard to see past a Bayern victory but if Chelsea can reproduce the same effort that saw them progress past Barcelona with 10-men, anything could happen.
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