Chelsea v Bayern Munich Odds
Champions League Final - Allianz Arena - 19th May 2012
Favourites to win this season's Champions League Final are Bayern Munich as they meet Chelsea on their home ground of the Allianz Arena on Saturday 19th May. Both sides defied the odds by winning their respective semi-finals against the two fancied Spanish clubs. Chelsea beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate following a fine defensive performance over both legs, but especially in the second leg in the Camp Nou where they lost captain John Terry to a red card in the first half.
Bayern Munich were also underdogs in their semi-final with Real Madrid, despite winning the first leg 2-1 in Germany. Two quick goals in the first half of the second leg at the Bernabey put Jose Mourinho's side in the driving seat but a penalty from Arjen Robben left the score at 2-1 at full time. Extra time couldn't seperate the two sides and Bayern won a penalty shoot-out to book their place in the final.
There will be 6 players unable to play in the final because of suspensions. David Alaba, Luiz Gustavo and Holger Badstuber will be missing for the Germans whilst John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles will all be missing for Chelsea. There will still be plenty of talent on the pitch with the likes of Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba all likely to feature prominently in the first goalscorer betting.
Roberto Di Matteo is still just the interim manager for Chelsea following Andres Villas Boas departure earlier in the season, whilst Bayern have missed out on their domestic title with Borussia Dortmund taking the honours.
Bayern are odds on to lift the Champions League and also odds on favourites with most bookmakers to win the match in 90 minutes. The German side are looking to add to their four Champions League/European Cup victories, the last in 2001, whilst Chelsea are bidding to win the tournament for the first time in their history in their second final appearance, losing on penalties to Man Utd in 2008.
Chelsea v Bayern Munich Champions League Final Betting
Chelsea topped a group containing Bayer Leverkusen, Valencia and Genk before having to dig deep to beat Napoli in the last sixteen when trailing 3-1 from the first leg against the Italians. The 3-1 aggregate win over Benfica in the quarter-finals was a little easier and some stout defending in their two legs over Barcelona helped them get through to the final.
Bayern Munich Form
Bayern Munich topped a Group A containing Manchester City, Napoli and Villareal, losing just the one game in qualification when resting players against Man City when already qualified for the last sixteen. Despite losing their first leg against Basel the 7-0 win in Munich saw them breeze through to a quarter final with Marseille they also won comfortably before the penalty shootout win over Real Madrid.