2016/17 Champions League
Published: 16:39 02/05/2015
Barcelona play host to Bayern Munich in an eagerly anticipated Champions League semi-final first leg affair and it's the perfect opportunity to make the most of the football betting offers at bet365.
Barcelona head into the game as favourites, but will need to do better than when these sides met at the same stage of the 2012/13 Champions League, with Bayern advanicng to the final with an emphatic 7-0 aggregate victory. This time around, Barca have been playing like real contenders to easily beat Manchester City and PSG, so expect the Spanish La Liga leaders to give a good account on Wednesday evening.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola returns to his old stomping ground, but will have to put all of that to the back of his mind as he bids to steer the German side to glory. The Bundesliga leaders eased past Shakhtar Donetsk, but had to come from behind to beat Porto after losing 3-1 in the away leg of their quarter final, though the result never looked in doubt by half-time in the return fixture.
With little to choose between the sides, plenty of football fans will be having a bet on the game, shown live on Sky Sport 1 at 19.45, with both casual punters and professional gamblers able to get more from their betting by using some of the football offers on bet365.
Bore Draw Money Back
With Barcelona scoring at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches in the Champions League and over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Bayern's last 6 in the competition, the chances of a 0-0 draw would seem relatively slim here.
Still, if the game does end 0-0, punters staking on the Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time and Scorecast markets for Barcelona v Bayern Munich will at least have their bets protected by a refund of losing stakes at bet365 thanks to the firm's bore-draw promotion.
Each-Way First Goalscorers
Lionel Messi may be an obvious candidate here, but it's likely that Bayern will try to mark him out of the game and it must be noted that he hasn't managed to add to his 8 goal tally in the knockout phase. Luis Suarez stole the show away to Man City and ran rings around David Luiz in Paris, so is certainly worth a market check, while Neymar is beginning to fulfil his potential and is another solid pick for the hosts.
Bayern Munich's leading scorer Thomas Muller has solid claims as a potential First Goalscorer and his penalty duties give him the edge over Robert Lewandowski, who remains a good shout nonetheless. Mario Gotze has contributed from midfield, but it's Thiago who could slip under the radar having got on the scoresheet away to Porto prior to starting the fightback in the second leg.
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