With Wednesday’s evening Champions League encounter against the German Champions, Bayern Munich looking like a mere formality, Barcelona will be out to do the impossible and consequently book a place in the final billed for Wembley Stadium after a four nil thrashing at the Allianz Arena a week ago.
Knowing fully well that no team in European Cup history has successfully overturned a four goals first leg deficit, Vilanova’s men will be banking their record of winning their last ten home games against German oppositions to stand a chance of challenging for the trophy.
Although the visiting Bavarians are on a seventeen match unbeaten run away from home in all competitions, hosts, Barcelona is favorites according to Ladbrokes and are priced 5/6 (1.83) to make home advantage count.
The German champions have been spectacular this season and for their part are available at 3/1 (4.00) with the draw offered at the same price.
Bayern away record against Spanish clubs in European competition does not inspire much confidence having lost 10 times in twenty visits to the land of the Almada. This is a cause to worry about considering the fact that current Bayern Munich’s Coach; Jupp Heynckes surrendered a four-goal first-leg lead to lose against Real Madrid in the third round of the Uefa Cup 28 years ago.
Backing the hosts to score first at the more universally appealing price of 11/20 (1.55) proves a good choice for punters.
Mario Gomez who masterminded Barcelona’s defeat in Germany is Bayern's all-time top scorer in the Champions League with 23 goals and is available with Ladbrokes to find the back of the net first at 6/1 (7.00) same odd he shares with David Villa and Cech Fabregas.
Reigning World’s best, Lionel Messi is backed at 3/1 (4.00) to score first and 8/11 (1.72) to score at any time.
For a value bet try backing Barcelona to win with over 1.5 goals at 4/7 (1.57), a bet which has paid out in each of their last four matches at the Camp Nou including against AC Milan in the previous round.