Barcelona and La Liga rivals Real Madrid both contest favouritism for the Champions League at odds of 21/10 with bet365 but it’s a measure of the quality of the Bayern Munich squad that they’re not far behind in the odds at 3/1 via BetVictor.
Jupp Heynckes charges have already wrapped up their domestic title and are now targeting European honours as they welcome Barca to the Allianz Arena for the first leg of their semi-final tussle, however it’s Tito Vilanova’s troops that are favoured to qualify for the final, bet365 pricing them at 4/5.
The Bundesliga outfit are a 5/4 chance at Coral to oust the Catalans giants over the two matches and although that’s a big ask given the test they’ll face in the tie’s second contest at the Camp Nou, they could well take a lead over to Spain.
Munich are considered 13/10 favourites at Ladbrokes to register a first leg success and given how Barcelona have toiled in the away fixtures across the last two rounds, it’s easy to see why the bookies fancy the hosts.
The home side of course, suffered a bad case of the jitters against Arsenal in the last 16 and that might put a few punters off but they brushed aside a very strong Juventus team in Bavaria in the last round and they can do a number on Lionel Messi and co. in this one too.
Nevertheless, it’s unusual to see a Barca team hammered so it’s reasonable to expect a close affair so 888Sport’s 4/1 for Bayern Munich to nick it by one stands out while the likelihood that both teams will find the net (4/6, Skybet) lends appeal to a 2-1 victory for Heynckes men at 9/1 with BetVictor.
Bayern Munich to beat Barcelona by one – 4/1 (888Sport)