Bayern Munich vs Lyon Champions League – match preview and betting picks

Bayern Munich vs Lyon - BettingBayern Munich will be hosting the first leg of the second Champions League semi-final against Lyon tonight at 20:45 CET at Allianz Arena in Munich. The Germans are the overwhelming favorites to go through to final, but the Frenchmen are certainly no walkover and can hurt any team as they showed against Real Madrid in 1/8-finals. We have looked at tonight’s game to find the best betting picks, which can be found further down the match preview.

Horrible stats for Bayern

Before tonight’s semi-final Bayern Munich have only won one of their last eight Champions League games played against French teams, but the victory was actually against Lyon in last years Champions League. In this seasons group stage they lost both their games against Bordeaux and one might wonder whether they have a complex against French clubs. On the other hand Lyon have good results against German clubs as they have won five out of their last seven games and only lost one, which funny enough was the pre-mentioned game against Bayern Munich. The two teams have played each other six times over the last ten years in Champions League and won two games each. Their last game ended 1-1 at last year’s group stage and was played in Munich.

This said Bayern Munich must be very confident going into tonight’s Champions League semi-final. Their recent form has been impressive and they prepared for tonight’s game by winning 7-0 against Hannover in the Bundesliga, which mean they still lead table at home. At the same time they showed great moral in the two games against Manchester United in quarter-finals, where they come back in both matches after trailing at halftime. This was no coincidence as they played well and deservedly sent out a somewhat struggling Manchester United team after the aggregate 4-4 over two matches. Bayern Munich can bring a full-strength squad to the match after both Robben and Ribery seems fully fit from their minor injuries.

Prostitution charges

Ribery might be somewhat distracted though, as he was questioned by the French police this week in an ongoing investigation on prostitution. This should however not affect the rest of the Bayern team and the southern Germans must be hungry for another final after many years without results in the European Cups, where they have been struggling somewhat since their 2001 win of the Champions League against Valencia after penalties.

Lyon beat their fellow countrymen Bordeaux to reach the semi-final in the Champions League. The two games against Bordeaux were highly affected by the fact that the two teams knew each other very well from the home league. Lyon was somewhat lucky to win over the two matches and owe a big thanks to their goalkeeper. The French team is currently struggling a lot in the domestic league and is almost out of the race after winning and dominating for many years, which means Champions League is their only hope left. This is the first time they have reached the semi-final after going to the quarter-finals four times and even though they of cause want to go further, it might be considered a success in itself and could take some pressure of the team. People should also remember that Lyon beat Real Madrid on their way and is not without chances.

This said Lyon had to travel by coach to Germany due to the volcanic ash cloud over Europe, which might have left a mark on the players going into the game. At the same time they have a lot of injuries with Jean-Alain Boumsong definitely out and many players struggling to be fit for the game, including Mathieu Bodmer, Dejan Lovren and Jean Makoun. Though most worryingly for Lyon is properly the possible injury to Lisandro Lopez, who is doubtful after an ankle injury in the weekend and will be hardly missed today, should he not be fit for the match.

Currently sports betters looking to place a bet online on the match can receive odds 1.70 for a Bayern Munich win, odds 3.60 for a draw and odds 5.25 for Lyon at 888sport. Like most first leg knockout games this could turn out to be a tactical affair, where both teams focus on defense. However, we actually believe that a lot of goals could be scored tonight as both teams have their main strength in the offense and neither team have shown stability in the back in this years Champions League. Our overall betting pick would be over 2.5 goals, which can be played at odds 1.91 at 888sport. At the same time we would pick Bayern Munich to win as they do have the better team at the moment and Lyon might be affected from arriving by coach, plus their many injuries and doubtful players for the match.

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