Betting tips & odds comparison 25.02.2020 Chelsea FC - Bayern Munich
Betting Tip for matchday 1 of the 2019/2020 Champions League between Chelsea FC and Bayern Munich. The game will be played at Stamford Bridge (London, England) on 25.02.2020 at 21:00.
Chelsea – Bayern
It’s a rematch of the 2012 UEFA Champions League final as Chelsea host Bayern Munich in this last 16 tie in West London.
Chelsea remained in 4th place on the English Premier League table following a 2-1 win over a depleted Tottenham squad on Saturday to keep at bay the chasing pack in the quest to finish fourth. This win also eased off pressure on manager Frank Lampard following a string of poor results, especially in front of their home fans at the Bridge, where prior to this win they had lost to Bournemouth, Southampton and rivals Manchester United in quick succession.
Tottenham though did not provide a stern test for them as they were without key players like captain Harry Kane and forward Heung Min Son who are sidelined with injury. England international Delle Alli also only came on as second half substitute in that game. Having said that, even with the key players missing, Tottenham still posed some problems to Chelsea’s shaky backline that once again failed to keep a clean sheet for the umpteenth time with a late own goal.
The Blues have struggled for consistency this season both in the domestic league and in Europe. They were pipped to the top of Group H standings by Valencia. Much of their struggles have been on the defensive end of the pitch where clean sheets have come at a premium much to Frank Lampard’s chagrin.
Injuries have also contributed to these struggles. They will be without the services of N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus – Cheek. Question marks also remain over the fitness of Christian Pulisic. England striker Tammy Abraham is also coming off a prolonged layoff. He got through 20 minutes under his belt against Spurs at the weekend and could be in line for a recall to the starting lineup.
In his absence, Giroud, who has had limited opportunities this season, provided a different dimension to Chelsea’s attack. He’s an aerial threat, provides a good target upfront for both deliveries and link up play and has an eye for goal too. There have been calls for Lampard to use him more in Chelsea’s attack. How he will do that and whether he will cave in to the pressure to do it remains to be seen.
The West London outfit will look to try and keep things a bit tight at the back which is easier said than done as it could have the unintended consequence on inviting pressure from Bayern’s attacking line. They will also try to have a go at a Bayern defence that has also shown a penchant for allowing goals when put under pressure.
The Bavarians had a rather lackluster start to the season which ultimately led to parting ways with coach Niko Kovak. In the interim, his assistant manager Hans-Dieter Flick was appointed to steady the ship. He ended up doing such a remarkable job that he was confirmed as the head coach until the end of the season.
He has shown he knows how to communicate well with the players. He has reached out to those that were sidelined by his predecessor and given them opportunities to flourish. In his short stint, they have returned to the top of the Bundesliga following a run of seven games without defeat including the hard fought 3-2 win over Paderborn on Saturday.
They have been scoring goals for fun. They blitzed through the group stage of the champions league in dominant fashion with six wins on the trot, scoring 24 goals in the process and only conceding 5. Leading marksman Robert Lewandowski has been a goal scoring cyborg shattering all sorts of records and is showing no signs of slowing down. He scored 10 goals in five Champions League games this season and has overall banged in 38 goals from 32 games across all competitions. Coach Frisk has also done a tremendous job of relieving some of that goal scoring burden off his shoulders with a fluid movement of forwards on and off the ball. Serge Gnabry has been a beneficiary of this system and has been in the form of his career this term with 15 goals and 10 assists to his name in 29 outings. Bayern will certainly be counting on the threat from this due in this encounter.
They will however be wary of Chelsea who have gotten the better of them twice in the knockout phase of this competition, first time being a 6-5 aggregate quarter final win in 2005 and later on in the 2012 finals in Munich, when Chelsea striker Didier Drogba equalized in the 88th minute of a 1-1 draw and then brilliantly stepping up and scoring the decisive post-match penalty to give Chelsea a memorable Champions League triumph earning legendary status in the Chelsea folklore.
Bayern have received an injury boost with the return of key players just in time for this fixture. Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry and Lucas Hernandez are back in training and available for selection. There however are still concerns over the status of Ivan Perisic, Javi Martinez and Nicklas Süle.
Possible Line Ups
|Injured: Kanté (adductor), Hudson-Odoi (hamstring), Pulišić (Achilles), Van Ginkel (knee), Loftus-Cheek (doubtful) and Süle (knee), Perisic (ankle), Martínez (doubtful)|
This fixture has always produced memorable encounters over the years and the ingredients for yet another fascinating tie are certainly there. Although Chelsea are coming in on a high following the weekend derby win over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, Bayern will provide probably the toughest test yet in Frank Lampard’s young managerial career.
Bayern possess such an array of offensive talent. The last time they were in London, they put seven goals past an even stronger Tottenham team and the crowd in London will not need any reminders. Whilst matching that output will be difficult, the Bavarians still have more than enough to get a comfortable win against this struggling Chelsea team.
Our betting tips for the game are therefore: Bayern Win @ 1.82, Goals Over 2.5 @ 1.57 and Robert Lewandowski Anytime Goal Scorer @1.80. You can find these odds and many other betting options at Bet9ja.