This looks a massive task for Barcelona, and Bayern Munich have been heavily backed since betting opened. They came through against Napoli but this hasn’t been a vintage Barca season by any stretch of the imagination.
Since Hans-Dieter-Flick took over from double-winning coach Niko Kovac, the former Germany assistant coach has seen his side go from strength-to-strength. Bayern Munich’s win over Chelsea was their 19th consecutive victory. They have the players, tactics and set-up to go very close in this competition.
Flick was Germany’s No.2 when they won the 2014 World Cup so this kind of mini-tournament holds no fears for him. Barcelona will need a Lionel Messi miracle to win this game. Bayern Munich to win in 90 minutes is definitely the bet on Friday night.
Robert Lewandowski has 13 goals in his last seven Champions League appearances and is chasing Messi’s record of 17 Champions League goals in a single season. Despite the reduced games in this year’s competition, it’s still a fantastic effort to be in with a shout of doing it.
You’re getting a decent price on Lewandowski scoring anytime as usually Bayern are long odds-on favourites to win in the Bundesliga each week and he’s always short odds in the anytime goalscorer market.
He takes the penalties too so that should always help swing a goalscorer bet in your favour. You can never dismiss Messi in the goalscorer markets either, but he may have to get two goals to see Barcelona advance on Friday night.
Jason Murphy’s tips for Barcelona v Bayern on Friday night
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