Bayern to boss Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
It’s crunch time as the Champions League enters the knockout phase. Chelsea host Bundesliga leaders Bayern in what should be a huge game but can Frank Lampard’s side match up? Have a read of our preview here:
Winning any derby is always a boost to the confidence of any side but beating Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, thus completing the double, will have been hugely satisfying for Lampard for multiple reasons.
Firstly, they keep Tottenham at bay in the race for a top-four berth. The win gives Chelsea a four-point cushion over their rivals. Secondly, Lampard will have enjoyed beating Mourinho – a man who he played his best football under as a player.
Thirdly, the manner of the victory was so impressive. At no point were Chelsea really worried with an unfortunate own goal giving the scoreline a slightly flattering look for Mourinho’s side.
Chelsea will need to be at their best again if they are to stop a rampant Bayern outfit from blowing them away. It’s hard to see Chelsea getting a lot from the German side, but a good start could help.
They have performed well in the competition so far this season, finishing runners-up to Valencia in the group stages. Wins over Lille and a vital victory in Amsterdam against Ajax saw them through, even if it wasn’t entirely convincing.
Bayern bossing it
It will surprise no one to see Bayern top of the Bundesliga, but it is a shock that their lead over RB Leipzig remains just a single point. The German top-flight has been a pretty close affair this season and the Bavarian giants have not had it all their own way.
Robert Lewandowski is the division’s top scorer and he remains the key man in this Bayern team.
The Polish striker has netted 25 goals in 23 appearances in the league this season, proving he is still at his best.
Thomas Muller, a man linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena this summer, has bagged 14 assists during the course of the campaign and his experience will be needed to get past a youthful Chelsea side.
Bayern bossed the group stage, winning all six of their matches including thrashing Spurs 7-2 and Red Star 6-0, both on the road. They are a formidable side and should get through to the next round with relative ease.
Chelsea v Bayern Munich betting tip
Chelsea are doing well considering the challenges they have faced this season, but it is hard to look past a Munich win on Tuesday. That’s why we are backing Bayern to win at odds of 5/6 with Betfair.