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Champions League Final Betting Preview: Drogba is Chelsea's best bet to beat Bayern
Jupp Heynckes' side take on the Blues in the Champions League final on their home turf. Adam Bate expects a tight game and won't be surprised if Didier Drogba decides it
|Bet:||Returns:||Bayern £11.70||Draw £60.00||VfB Stuttgart £100.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Bayern £12.22||Draw £60.00||VfB Stuttgart £120.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Bayern £11.80||Draw £70.00||VfB Stuttgart £150.00|
With the final coincidentally taking place in the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich have home advantage – and the pressures that come with it.
Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer said earlier this season: “If you play at home in the Champions League final, you are favourites – even against Barcelona.”
It turns out to be Chelsea. And the bookmakers agree with Der Kaiser. Bayern are 4/5 (1.8) favourites with Paddy Power to win this one in normal time and 2/5 (1.4) to triumph on the evening.
Chelsea may have won the FA Cup already this season but their disappointing league form means they will not be playing Champions League football next season if they lose this game.
Chelsea are 10/3 (4.33) with Paddy Power to win in 90 minutes and 15/8 (2.88) to lift the trophy for the first time. The draw is 12/5 (3.4).
In the goalscorer markets, Mario Gomez is an understandable favourite having already passed the 40-goal mark and with a Champions League record only bettered by Lionel Messi this season. He is 4/1 (5.0) with Paddy Power to score first. It’s also worth considering possible penalty takers in what could be a tight and tense affair.
Arjen Robben is 5/1 (6.0) to open the scoring, while Frank Lampard is out at 10/1 (11.0) – a good price for a one-in-three man.
But the pick of the goalscorer prices is for Didier Drogba. 15/2 (8.5)
The Ivory Coast international is still the man for the big occasion, having scored first in the crucial game against Napoli, the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham and the home leg versus Barcelona.
Drogba also netted his customary FA Cup final goal and is a whopping 15/2 (8.5) to score first here.
That’s a good value bet, but for the pick of the bets in this one consider the fact that this could be a cagey affair before the break.
Bayern’s last eight Bundesliga games featured just five goals before the interval, conceding just once.
Prior to defeat at Liverpool, Chelsea’s Premier League matches had seen only 11 goals in 17 games with just three going in the Blues net. You can back under 1.5 goals in the first half at 4/11 (1.44) with Paddy Power.
That’s not a huge price but it would have paid out for 15 Chelsea Premier League games in a row from January to April as well as seven of Bayern’s last eight in the Bundesliga.
If Chelsea lift the Champions League Trophy, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the match.
|Under 1.5 goals by HT at 4/11 (1.44) with Paddy Power
||Drogba to score first at 15/2 (8.5) with Paddy Power
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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter
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