Lyon and Bayern Munich will contest the second Champions League semi-final for the right to face either RB Leipzig or Paris Saint-Germain in the showpiece on Sunday night. Both clubs recorded stunning results in the quarters, albeit for different reasons.
Where and when: Estadio Jose Alvalade – 19 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Lyon vs. Bayern Munich: BT Sport
Last time: The last time these teams met was also in the last four of the Champions League, with Bayern easing their way into the final courtesy of a 4-0 aggregate win in their two-legged 2010 tie. unfortunately for the Bundesliga outfit, they lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in the final.
Lyon v Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
This season’s Champions League semi-finals see two French and two German clubs duking it out for a place in Sunday’s final. Lyon and Bayern Munich will know whether there’s a chance to make this an all-Ligue 1 or Bundesliga final when they kick off on Wednesday night, but neither can afford to get ahead of themselves.
Both clubs showed what they’re capable of in the quarters, with Bayern producing one of the most incredible performances of modern times in thrashing Barcelona 8-2. It looked like men against boys as the Bavarians carved open the Catalans time and again, with Hansi Flick’s side in control for virtually the full 90 minutes bar the odd rally from Barca.
Six different scorers were on target for Bayern’s eight goals, with each assisted by a different player. Die Roten are threatening all over the pitch, and will have confidence coursing through their veins following such a seismic victory over one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Der FCB are now the hot favourites to win this competition for the first time since 2013.
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Bayern Munich to win and BTTS
Bayern Munich to win 4-1
Thomas Muller to score first
While Bayern are looking to secure their sixth Champions League triumph this season, and a historic treble after also winning the Bundesliga and German Cup, Lyon come into this huge semi-final from a much humbler standpoint. They only finished seventh in Ligue 1 last term, although the French top flight season was cancelled with eight games remaining due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Les Gones only have a single Coupe de France victory in 2012 to their names since winning the league seven times in a row between 2002 and 2008, and this is only their second appearance in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Bayern were a cut above Lyon in that last-four encounter a decade ago, and the German side look a cut above most other teams on the planet after their most recent performance.
Bayern are the huge favourites to win this game, priced at 13/50 in the latest Champions League odds. However, Lyon also produced a memorable performance last time out, defying their status as the huge underdogs against Manchester City to beat the Premier League outfit 3-1. They may have ridden their luck at times, but Les Gones were well worth their victory.
Rudi Garcia won the tactical battle against Pep Guardiola, who showed his fear of the counter-attack in his formation and selection. It’s doubtful Bayern will show such trepidation here, and Lyon will need to produce an almighty defensive performance if they’re going to cause another massive upset here.
The Ligue 1 side are 12/1 to do just that and beat Bayern Munich inside 90 minutes. This single-leg tie will go to an extra period if the scores are level at the end of normal time, with the odds of that priced at 6/1. Bayern are 1/9 to qualify for the Champions League final by any method, while Lyon are available at 7/1 for the same bet.
One to watch for Lyon: Moussa Dembele scored his first Champions League goals of the season in hitting a brace off the bench against Manchester City. That took the former Celtic striker to 24 goals for the season, and he is 14/5 in the anytime scorer market for this game.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller rarely disappoints on the biggest stage, and he took less than four minutes to break the deadlock against Barcelona on Friday, before adding his second and Bayern’s fourth just after the half-hour mark. The German World Cup winner is 3/2 to score anytime, or 11/2 to net the opener once again here.
Long shot: With these two teams’ quarter-final clashes producing a total of 16 goals, there’s the potential for fireworks in this game. Bayern have shown they’re capable of running against the world’s best, and they are 12/5 to win this game with over 4.5 goals. The Bavarians are 13/1 to win the game 4-1, with those odds rising to 40/1 with Robert Lewandowski scoring first.