Chelsea vs Bayern Munich Champions League Betting Tips & Predictions
Stamford Bridge is the venue for the first leg of the Last 16 Champions League match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich on Tuesday, February 25 at 20:00 local time (01:30 IST).
It pits the runners-up of Group H (Chelsea) against the clear winners from Group B (Bayern) in a repeat of the 2012 Champions League final, which of course the Blues famously went on to win on penalties.
But things could be very different this time around and next up we’ll tell you how best to side with the Germans ahead of this intriguing contest, at the best Chelsea v Bayern Munich odds.
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Chelsea vs Bayern Munich top tips and best odds
Time to talk betting tips. Below are our top bets ahead of the big match, only using the best odds from our recommended betting sites that are all open to Indian customers. Here’s what we’re going for and just scroll down to find out our reasoning behind these wagers.
|Back Serge Gnabry to score||2.6||10CRIC|
|Back Bayern to win and both teams to score||3.1||Betway|
Former Arsenal striker Serge Gnabry got four away at Tottenham in that famous 7-2 win back in October and has 20 goals from 33 appearances for club and country in all competitions this season.
His last two appearances in the Bundesliga yielded three goals and he looks in prime position to strike again at odds of 2.6 against a vulnerable-looking Chelsea defence.
Bayern look the better side in terms of recent results, the quality of their players and their overall scoring potential.
Both teams have been involved in some high-scoring games of late and if you’re taking the view that Bayern will win on the night, it may be worth topping up that prediction with a Chelsea goal thrown in there as well. An away win with both teams scoring pays out at 3.1.
- Six of Bayern’s last seven matches went over 3.5 goals.
- Results between these two are pretty even with two draws and a win-a-piece since the 2004-5 season.
- Chelsea manager Frank Lampard took and scored the Blues’ third penalty in the shootout in the 2012 Champions League final, which the English team won.
- Chelsea’s loss against Valencia in the Group Stages this year was their only home defeat in their last 14 European home games.
- Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski is the Champions League’s top scorer for the season with 10 goals.
Bayern Munich’s s European form W-W-W-W-W
Things have been far from straightforward in the Bundesliga. Rather than securing their usual wire-to-wire title win, they’re being made to work hard for it this time around with all of RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and even Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen still in the hunt to be German champions.
They were irresistible in the Champions League Group Stages, winning all six matches and boasting a barely-believable goal difference of +24. A slight worry though is the lack of experience that manager Hans-Dieter Flick has of being the first-team coach in the knockout stages of the Champions League; he doesn’t have any experience at all.
Robert Lewandowksi and Serge Gnabry have had a prolific season in front of goal and have the evergreen Thomas Muller to thank for some of those goals. Muller has provided 14 assists in the Bundesliga so far this season.
At the back David Alaba, normally a left-back or holding midfielder by trade has been doing a fine job in the heart of the defence.
Chelsea’s European league form W-D-D-W-W
Chelsea’s form has been patchy of late in the Premier League. Yes, there was a good win over Spurs at the weekend but before that, there was a home defeat to Manchester United and back-to-back draws against Leicester and Arsenal. Prior to that, a shock 1-0 loss at Newcastle.
After a good start to the season, they’re by no means guaranteed fourth spot anymore and Lampard will be under pressure if they’re not in the Champions League next season.
In Europe, their Group Stage campaign had a bit of everything and it went down to the wire as to whether they’d even make it this far. This is a young, raw, talented side but this looks an uphill task for them.
Olivier Giroud isn’t an obvious candidate to be an important player in this match after a season where he’s hardly played at all. But a well-taken goal against Spurs at the weekend when he deputised for a half-fit Tammy Abraham has put him into contention for another start and his experience could be vital in a high-profile game like this.
At the back, the in-form Antonio Rudiger should have plenty to do on the night and they’ll need a big game from him.
Where to bet on Chelsea vs Bayern Munich
This could be one of the more entertaining games of the round and one where Bayern can take a priceless lead into the second leg, but not without the hosts scoring one of their own.
Lewandowski and Gnabry look the obvious goal threats for the visitors but at a considerably bigger price, it could pay to go with German star Gnabry to get a vital goal here.