Chelsea are faced with what looks like an impossible task as they visit Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday night. More than five months may have passed since the first leg of this tie, but that doesn’t alter the advantage the Bundesliga outfit hold coming into the return.
Where and when: Allianz Arena – 8 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: BT Sport
Last time: Serge Gnabry hit a brace as Bayern scored three second-half goals in the first leg at Stamford Bridge back in February, with Robert Lewandowski netting the third 15 minutes from time.
Bayern Munich v Chelsea Predictions and Preview
Chelsea may have just about held on to a place in the top four, but their season looks like ending on a low note. The Premier League side lost the FA Cup final to London rivals Arsenal last weekend, and look set to have their campaign ended by Bayern Munich on Saturday night.
The German giants won the Bundesliga for a record eighth successive time following the resumption of football after the coronavirus outbreak, thrashing Wolfsburg 4-0 in their final game to reach the magical 100-goal mark for the season. Hans-Dieter Flick’s side then crushed Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the German Cup final in early July to secure another double.
The Bavarians have their sights firmly set on securing a historic treble, and they’re among the favourites to win this year’s Champions League. There’s a chance they could be a little short of match fitness compared to Chelsea, after not playing a competitive fixture for over a month, but the hosts are still the 2/5 favourites for the win here.
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Bayern Munich to win to nil
Lewandowski to score first
The away team are bang up against, and Frank Lampard will be seriously worried about how his defence deals with the rampant Bayern attack. The Blues conceded 54 goals in the Premier League this season, with only eight teams in the division conceding more than them. All of those teams finished in the bottom half of the table, showing how well Chelsea did to finish fourth.
Even worse, captain Cesar Azpilicueta pulled his hamstring in the FA Cup final and is out of this game, along with the in-form and incredibly impressive Christian Pulisic. The former Borussia Dortmund forward is denied the opportunity to shine back on German soil, while Pedro, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour are all out, with Willian a further doubt.
All of that means Chelsea are the huge underdogs in this game, priced at 15/2 in the latest odds for this last-16 second leg clash. A draw would be more than enough for Bayern to finish off the job while salvaging an element of pride for Chelsea, and that’s available at 9/2. Die Roten are 1/100 to qualify for the quarter-finals, while the Blues are available at 80/1.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski has scored 51 goals already this season, with 12 of those coming in 10 games since the restart. The Polish striker is the clear 23/10 favourite to break the deadlock on Saturday.
One to watch for Chelsea: Olivier Giroud has impressed since the break, winning back his place in Lampard’s starting XI. The Frenchman is yet to score in two Champions League appearances so far this season, and is 21/2 to correct that with the opener here.
Long shot: Bayern Munich were a class apart in the first leg of this tie, but the German champions have been out of action for a month. They got the job done in London back in February, and may not approach the return in the right manner. If so, Chelsea are in with a chance of a positive result, with a 2-2 draw priced at 15/1. With Lewandowski scoring first, those odds rise to 48/1.