Bayern Munich haven’t won the Champions League since 2013, but this year’s competition offers them the best chance they have had since then. Bayern were unimpressive in the second leg of their quarter-final tie against Sevilla, with the Spanish side holding the German champions to a 0-0 draw. However, Bayern’s 2-1 success in Spain was enough to see them through to the last four where they will meet Real Madrid.
Los Blancos needed a controversial last minute penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo to seal a 4-3 aggregate victory over Juventus, but the second leg of that tie highlighted why Bayern should fancy their chances of reaching the final. Real were all over the place in defence as Juve pulled back a three-goal first leg deficit to level the tie. If Bayern can build up a one or two goal advantage at the Allianz Arena, they are capable of scoring at least one away goal in Madrid to book their place against either Liverpool or Roma in Kiev on May 26.
Bayern are currently priced at 11/5 to win the Champions League, with Real (19/10) and Liverpool (21/10) both ahead of them in the betting. Roma are 10/1 outsiders to lift the trophy, but check out this 12Bet bonus code before wagering on the outcome. Liverpool claimed a 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City in the quarter-finals, but Pep Guardiola’s side were on the wrong end of some poor refereeing decisions against their Premier League rivals and the result flatters the Reds. Liverpool last reached the final in 2008 and their hopes of going all the way in this year’s competition have perhaps been raised by the shock elimination of Barcelona. The Spanish giants lost 3-0 against Roma in Italy to exit the competition on away goals following a 4-4 aggregate draw.
Roma became only the third team in Champions League history to overturn a first-leg defeat of three goals or more – Deportivo La Coruna (2004) and Barcelona last season were the others. Barca had no answer to Roma’s high-tempo, energetic performance which brought a thoroughly deserved victory. The Serie A side have been underestimated throughout the competition, but they finished above both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in the group stages and have won every Champions League game at home without conceding a goal.
If Bayern can safely navigate their way past Real, they certainly have the ability to defeat either Liverpool or Roma in the final. Both of Bayern’s potential opponents have shown defensive weaknesses at times this season, although both boast plenty of firepower going forward. Liverpool’s over-confidence could be their undoing in the semi-final against Roma, especially with the second leg taking place in Italy, and Bayern could be set to give manager Jupp Heynckes the perfect send off with a victory against the Italian side in Kiev.
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