Bayern Munich vs Chelsea Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- The Champions League resumes on Friday with Bayern Munich among the favorites to triumph
- Chelsea have a mountain to climb and will just want to deliver a respectable display
- Bayern will use this game to get back into gear ahead of the quarter-finals and beyond
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Bayern Munich vs Chelsea Odds
|Match winner and Both teams to score|
|Bayern Munich and Yes||+130 |
|Chelsea and Yes||+850 |
|Bayern Munich and No||+175 |
|Chelsea and No||+950 |
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Bayern Munich vs Chelsea Predictions and Picks
With a 3-0 lead from the first leg, Bayern Munich will consider this a warm-up game ahead of the quarter-finals. Indeed, it would require one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Champions League for Chelsea to progress to the next round at the expense of the Bundesliga champions.
The Blues have nothing to lose at the Allianz Arena and therefore have no need to be cagey or cautious. Bayern’s superior quality should see them emerge triumphant, but both teams to score looks like a wise selection here.
Bayern Munich to win and both teams to score +130
How to Watch Bayern Munich vs Chelsea
|Bayern Munich vs Chelsea Information|
|What||Bayern Munich vs Chelsea|
|Where||Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany|
|When||Saturday, 8 August, 3PM ET|
|How to Watch||Galavision|
Bayern in Ominous Form in Recent Months and Will Fancy Chances of Success
Arguably no manager in European soccer has done a better job in 2019/20 than Hansi Flick, who steered Bayern from seventh in the Bundesliga to their record-extending 30th league title. Following a 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in December, the Bavarians took 58 points from the next 60 available to finish 13 clear at the summit of the standings.
It is too easy to look at Bayern’s recent monopolization of the Bundesliga crown and downplay the job Flick has done. The team looks in excellent shape ahead of the Champions League’s return, possessing balance between attack and defense and plenty of quality in each area of the pitch. Bayern has rediscovered the patterns of play that were absent under Niko Kovac, and Flick has succeeded in fashioning a collective that brings the best out of the numerous talented individuals within it.
Their form towards the end of the Bundesliga campaign was ominous, but the only concern for Bayern is that they have not played in more than a month and will not be able to match Chelsea for match sharpness. The three-goal cushion provides sufficient protection, though, and Bayern will hope to be firing on all cylinders once more by the time the quarter-finals roll around.
Chelsea Still Have Improvements to Make Ahead of Next Season
Given they lost star man Eden Hazard and were hit with a transfer ban last summer, a fourth-place finish in the Premier League represents a good first season in charge of the Blues for Frank Lampard. Winning the FA Cup final would have been the icing on the cake, but Chelsea’s domestic season ended on a sour note with a 2-1 defeat by Arsenal at Wembley last weekend.
He would never admit it publicly, but Lampard probably wishes Chelsea could send their players away on their summer holidays instead of preparing for this game. There is little chance of the west London outfit overturning a three-goal deficit from the first leg, and the scheduling means Chelsea will now finish their season a whole two weeks after their final Premier League game. The former midfielder has already called for his team to be given permission to start later than many of their domestic rivals in 2020/21, which is set to begin in little over a month’s time.
The club has already completed the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech ahead of next term, when Chelsea will be expected to push on in both the Premier League and the Champions League. Saturday’s meeting with Bayern will provide a measure of how much further they have to go before they are capable of competing with Europe’s elite once more.
Bayern Are Well Balanced and Could Take Advantage of Chelsea’s Defensive Woes
Bayern ended the Bundesliga with 100 goals in 34 games, giving them a phenomenal average of almost three per match. They were also accomplished at the other end of the field, finishing the campaign with the best defensive numbers in the German top flight. The way they brushed Chelsea aside back in February serves as further evidence of how well rounded this team is.
The same cannot be said for Lampard’s charges. Chelsea has looked dangerous in attack for most of the season, with winger Christian Pulisic a standout performer in their forward line. But they conceded more goals than any other team that finished in the top half of the Premier League in 2019/20, and their weakness at the back has been exploited by far worse teams than Bayern this term.
Indeed, while Chelsea has already bolstered their offense with the additions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech this summer, the defense has yet to be reinforced. Lampard should take a look at Bayern if he wants to strike a better balance between both parts of the game next season when scraping into the top four on the final weekend of the Premier League campaign might not be considered good enough.