At long last, we’re in the final week of Europe’s elite competition, and therefore we’re bringing you our penultimate Champions League prediction. For the second of the two one legged semi finals in Lisbon underdogs Lyon face their biggest challenge yet against favourites Bayern Munich.
Most Champions League predictions will be backing Bayern on Wednesday night who were relentless in tearing apart Barcelona in the last round. However, Lyon have defied all odds and expectations to get here, and therefore definitely can’t be written off completely.
After scraping past Juventus in the round of 16, few Champions League betting tips experts predicted that Lyon would pull it off once again against one of Europe’s heavyweight sides. However, Les Gones defied all expectations by going on to do just that, as they saw off Manchester City 3-1 thanks to goals from Maxwel Cornet and Moussa Dembele, each of whom now have 4 Champions League goals against Pep Guardiola’s side. Lyon aren’t here by fluke, but keeping Bayern Munich’s frightening attacking machine at bay will surely prove too much for Rudi Garcia’s men.
Our ultimate Champions League prediction is that Bayern will win the trophy. However, let’s take it one game at a time. Last time out, Bayern humiliated Barcelona in an 8-2 thriller. A game that not only saw Hansi Flick’s side progress in the competition, but that ended Quique Setién’s short reign as Barcelona and marked the end of an era. As well as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller leading the line, there are about 5 or 6 more Bayern players you could tip as potential goal scorers before any given game, such is the strength and depth of their squad’s attacking talent.
You have to go back over 10 years to find the last time these two sides met each other, which was a two legged champions league tie in April 2010. Bayern won 4-0 over the two leggs with the two games also serving up 3 red cards between them. Of the players that started their last game in 2010, only Thomas Müller remains of either side’s current squads. Prior to their meeting in 2010, Lyon and Bayern’s only other two Champions League meetings came in the group stages of the 2008/09 campaign
Below, we’ve provided you with the results from the past 5 meetings between these teams as well as 3 statistical highlights that have influenced our Champions League predictions this week.
Having analysed the above information, our Champions League prediction for this semi final is for a fairly emphatic Bayern Munich win.
We’d love to back the another Lyon giant killing, but the prospect of them seeing off this free scoring Bayern side unfortunately seems certain to be a stretch too far. Therefore we’ve came up with a few more realistic Champions League tips for this one.
Naturally, going for the straightforward Bayern win is pointless at odds of just 1.25. At 12.5 backing Lyon offers a decent potential return, however the chances of them actually pulling it offer are extremely slim. So let’s take a look at some of the other betting markets on offer.
With Bayern in such free scoring form, backing Bayern to win + over 3.5 goals scored is half decent at 2.1. However, given that Lyon have scored in all of their Champions League games this year, our best betting tip is a Bayern Munich win + both teams to score at odds of 2.2 with bet365.