Barcelona are fighting for their Champions League future. After a Champions League matchday 5 draw with Benfica, in which neither side could score a goal, Barcelona need to defeat Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday night to qualify for the round of 16.
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A draw wouldn’t be sufficient if third-place Benfica win against Dynamo Kyiv as both teams would end the group stage on eight points. Barcelona and Benfica are level on goal difference with –4 goals.
Bayern Munich are already qualified for the round of 16 and will go through as group winners. While Julian Nagelsmann’s team has had some issues with getting wins in the Bundesliga, they have lost twice on the domestic front, Bayern Munich have run roughshod over Champions League Group E.
Die Roten are a perfect 15 points from 15 possible in the group. On matchday 1 of the Champions League, Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 3-0 at Camp Nou. Bayen Munich are on a three-match winning streak against Barcelona in the Champions League. The Germans outscored Barcelona 14-4 across those three fixtures.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Betting Odds
Bayern Munich are on a three-match winning streak in all competitions. The Bundesliga leaders are coming off of a 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker. Bayern Munich have been dominant in the Champions League this term scoring 19 goals and conceding three times. Bookies’ best betting odds on a Bayern Munich win at full-time are at 71/100.
The Germans have posted a home record of 8W-0D-1L. They have scored 33 goals and conceded a mere seven goals at the Allianz Arena. Nagelsmann’s team has kept five clean sheets at home. In the reverse fixture, Bayern Munich won 3-0 against Barcelona. Thomas Mueller opened the scoring in the 34th minute. Robert Lewandowski scored twice in the second period to give Bayern Munich a big win to start the tournament.
Barcelona are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Real Betis at Camp Nou at the weekend. It was Xavi’s first loss as a manager since taking over the club. Xavi has won two of the four matches he has been in charge of in La Liga.
Barcelona are at the best betting odds of 10/3 to win at full-time. The Blaugrana have scored a pitiful two goals in the Champions League thus far. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw at full-time are at 15/4.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Team News
Nagelsmann has a few names on the Bayern Munich injury list going into the match. Defenders Lucas Hernandez and Josip Stanisic are suffering from injuries, and both are likely to miss the game. Hernandez has an ankle injury while Stanisic is nursing a ligament injury.
Midfielder Marcel Sabitzer has a calf injury and is a major doubt. Meanwhile, midfielder Joshua Kimmich tested positive for COVID-19 and may not be fit to play. Robert Lewandowski has scored 27 goals in 21 appearances for Bayern Munich. He is the co-leader in goals in the Champions League with nine.
Xavi has a number of players on the injury list going into the match. Gavi is a doubt due to a concussion. Sergi Roberto is ruled out of the match due to a muscle issue.
Pedri is a doubt following a muscle problem of his own. Forward Ansu Fati is a doubt as the youngster continues to battle leg injuries. Martin Braithwaite is a doubt as is Moussa Wague. Memphis Depay leads Barcelona with eight goals in all competitions this season. He hasn’t been prolific in the Champions League, however. The Blaugrana have tallied just two group stage goals.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona H2H
Bayern Munich are on a three-match winning streak against Barcelona in the Champions League. Bayern Munich won those three matches by a combined score of 14-4. Barcelona’s last win against Bayern Munich was in 2014-15. The Blaugrana were a very different team at that time.
Barcelona have won two of four matches under the management of Xavi. The former Barcelona player was expected to come into the club and overhaul the first-team. The issues at Barcelona were far deeper than Ronald Koeman when he was sacked in November.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Prediction
Bayern Munich to win to nil @ 3/1 - BET NOW
Bayern Munich won 3-0 in the reverse fixture against Barcelona and there is no reason the Germans cannot win to nil once more versus the Spanish. Die Roten have kept eight clean sheets this season. Three of their five Champions League matches have ended as wins to nil. Barcelona have scored just two Champions League goals. Three of their five matches in the Champions League ended without a Barcelona goal – two of which were losses to nil. Our betting tips prediction is for Bayern Munich to win to nil.
Correct score: Bayern Munich 3-0 Barcelona @ 16/1 - BET NOW
Barcelona are coming off of a 1-0 home loss to Real Betis in La Liga. It was a surprise loss under Xavi, but once again showed just how dependent this team was on Lionel Messi. Our betting tips prediction is for Bayern Munich to win for a second time against Barcelona by a 3-0 score. Twice this season, Barcelona have lost 3-0, and both results came in the Champions League. Seven times this season, Bayern Munich have won to nil by three or more goals.
Robert Lewandowski to score two or more goals @ 5/2 - BET NOW
Lewandowski was robbed in the Balon d’Or voting. He is the best player in the world and continues to prove it. The Polish striker has bagged 27 goals in 21 matches in all competitions. Nine of his goals have come in five Champions League group stage games.
Seven times this season, Lewandowski has scored two or more goals. He has scored in each of Bayern Munich’s group stage games with three of those matches seeing two or more goals from Lewandowski.
Our betting tips prediction is for Lewandowski to score two or more goals – just like in the reverse fixture versus Barcelona. Bayern Munich should win and potentially knock Barcelona out of the Champions League.
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