For a 0-0 draw, the first-leg at Anfield between Liverpool and Bayern Munich was an entertaining affair with plenty of goalmouth action.
The two European giants meet again on Wednesday with everything hanging in the balance. Just one goal could be the difference between a quarter-final place and being dumped out of the tournament.
Bayern Munich have hit form at the worst possible moment for Liverpool, but will they have the firepower to dismantle last year’s Champions League finalists?
11 goals in two games is a worrying sign for Liverpool as Bayern Munich look to be back to their best following a dismal first-half of the season. The German Champions put five past fourth place Borussia Monchengladbach and six past seventh place Wolfsburg since the two sides last met.
However, away goals go in Liverpool’s favour as Bayern Munich failed to net a crucial goal in the stalemate three weeks ago. This could mean we are treated to another cagey game at the Aliianz Arena on Wednesday. However, the bookies are favouring the German side on in this match with a best-price of 23/20 to win and ultimately progressing to the next round.
Liverpool got back to free-scoring ways on Sunday with a 4-2 win at home against Burnley to maintain their push for the Premier League title. Questions have been placed upon Jurgen Klopp’s side following a number of disappointing results and the infamous front three misfiring on a regular basis.
The potential snowy weather conditions might play havoc with the match, but Liverpool need to pull something huge out of the hat to progress. The bookies make the Reds outsiders at a best-price of 27/10 to win on German soil – a draw can be found the same best-price.
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The hosts will be without Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich due to suspension, while Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman are missing through injury. Late fitness assessments will be made on David Alaba and Arjen Robben.
Liverpool will be boosted by the news of Virgil Van Dijk’s return after missing the first-leg due to suspension. Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the only men on the side lines for the Reds.
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Bayern Munich might be in free scoring form, but don’t expect them to have it that easy on Wednesday. Liverpool might have a poor away record in this season’s Champions League, but they are typically strong in defence.
Virgil Van Dijk’s return to the squad will be key in shutting out the likes of Robert Lewandowski who has scored four in his last two games.
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We expect an edgy game on Wednesday with not much between the two sides. Neither will want to concede early, and Bayern Munich, most importantly, won’t want to conceded an away goal to give Liverpool to advantage going through.
A draw at 5/4 at half-time looks highly probable when the tie is balancing on a knife edge.
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The German side entered the tie in unbelievable form as they now top the Bundesliga. Eleven goals in two matches with just one in return shows that Nico Kovac’s side mean business.
Liverpool have been misfiring as of late and have been poor away from home in the Champions League, losing all three matches.
One goal will separate this tie and 1-0 to Bayern Munich at 17/2 offers plenty of value.
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