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

champions-league-BettingLyon is hosting the second leg game against Bayern Munich today at 20:45 CET in the Champions League semi-finals at Stade de Gerland. The Frenchmen lost the first leg 1-0 in Munich and are under pressure before tonight’s match, where they have to score a goal to go through. A draw will be enough for Bayern Munich to progress to the final, but they face a tough match in France against a strong home team. We have looked at the two teams chances and found some good betting tips before tonight’s clash, which can be found further down the match preview.

Good results by Lyon

In the current Champions League season Lyon has done very well when playing home at Stade de Gerland, where they have won all games expect one match against Liverpool that ended 1-1. They defeated strong teams like Bordeaux, Real Madrid and Fiorentina so far, which must give them confidence before tonight’s match. This said they have to play better than they did in Germany last week, where they played probably their worst game in Champions League this year and deserved to loose in the end. Since the first leg game Lyon lost 2-1 to Monaco in Copa de France, which can be somewhat defended in the saving of key players.

Lyon will be playing without Jeremy Toulalan in tonight’s match as he is suspended after the first leg. At the same time key defender Cris is very doubtful after his injury in the first match, while Bastos was injured during training and might not be playing. On the positive side Boumsong seems to be returning after his injury and will likely play or be on the bench today.

Bayern Munich dominated the first leg of the semi-finals on Allianz Arena and gave themselves a good result before the second match. Even after Franck Ribery was sent off, they showed the will to win and could have won by more than one goal. So far their results away in Champions League have been quite good, although they lost 3 out of 5 games. In the 1/8-finals and quarter-finals they lost 3-2 away to Fiorentina and Manchester United, but managed to go through on away goals after being down in both matches and coming back. This really proofs their great moral and ability to get results away from home, which will be needed today against a strong home team.

Franck Ribery missing out

Franck Ribery will be missing tonight after his red card in the first match and also Danijel Pranjic is suspended. On the other hand Bayern Munich will once again have Badstuber and van Bommel joining the team. More concerning for Bayern Munich is the possible injuries to central defenders Martin Demichelis and Daniel van Buyten, which are both uncertain for the game.

Looking at the match we will probably see a tight game with Lyon trying to dominate from the start. Lyon must have learned the lesson from the first semi-final, where they played way too defensively and was punished by the Germans. We expect the French side to play offensively and to pressure Bayern Munich high in the field. On the other hand Bayern Munich will likely try to play on the counterattacks and catch the Lyon team off guard.

Sports betters can current receive odds 2.40 for Lyon to win, odds 3.40 for the draw and odds 2.87 for Bayern Munich to win at 888sport. As apparent, the odds are quite evenly spread between the two teams with Lyon as a small favorite. Our overall betting tip for the match is Lyon to win at odds 2.40. This is based primarily on the two teams previous games home and away in Champions League, and the fact that Bayern Munich will likely be missing one or two of their normal central defenders.

At the same time we expect to see a lot of goals tonight, if either team scores early in the match, especially Bayern Munich. In the last five away games played by Bayern Munich at least 3 goals have been scored, which is likely to happen again tonight. Therefore the second betting tip will be more than 2.5 goals in the match, which can be played at odds 1.91 at 888sport.

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