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Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: German giants in better shape

Kick-off: 2000, 14/08/2020

Stadium: Estadio do Sport

TV: BT Sport

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are two perennial Champions League powerhouses but the German giants look in much better shape this season.

Barca will always be dangerous with Lionel Messi in their side but the calibre of his supporting cast seems to have slipped in recent years.

We firmly believe 21/20 for them to lose in normal time is the way to go with our first Barcelona vs Bayern Munich prediction.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Barca got the job done against Napoli on Saturday when prevailing 3-1, having drawn 1-1 in Italy back in February.

That result gave us a trio of successful selections, including a 10/1 correct score pay-out.

Clement Lenglet netted early on and then Messi produced some of his magic, scoring a solo goal before winning a penalty converted by Luis Suarez.

However, Lorenzo Insigne pulled one back from the spot on the stroke of half-time and Barca looked more than a touch jittery when defending their lead after the break.

Quique Setien admitted on the UEFA website: “We had to defend with lots of intensity and commitment.

“If they’d scored again it would have been a big boost for Napoli, so our big priority was to defend well. That said, there were some nerves.”

Barca still have the attacking firepower to make their presence felt, with Messi, Suarez and Antoine Griezmann all back fit.

We just fear they lack the athleticism to cope with a high-energy team like Bayern in other areas of the pitch.

Looking at the Barcelona vs Bayern Munich odds, we’re going with 9/4 for the German outfit to win and both teams to score.

A Look At Bayern Munich’s Betting Odds

Bayern could have been forgiven for being a touch rusty when entertaining Chelsea over the weekend, having been out of action for over a month.

However, FC Hollywood turned in a high-tempo performance to batter the Blues 4-1 and complete a 7-1 rout on aggregate.

Robert Lewandowski took his season’s tally to 53 with a brace, with the Poland striker also laying on goals for Ivan Perisic and Corentin Tolisso.

“We tried to play forward, score goals and have fun,” commented Lewandowski.

“We wanted to find our rhythm and tempo from the first minute. It was all about showing our quality and building confidence.”

That made it an incredible 18 straight wins for Bayern, who took the Bundesliga title by 13 points and beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the German Cup final.

Head coach Hansi Flick added: “I’m very pleased. We wanted to pick up where we left off and that’s exactly what the players did.”

This is a talented team on top of their game and we feel the pace and power of players like Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies will give them the edge over Barca.

Let’s add 15/4 for Flick’s side to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 from the multiple correct score market to our Barcelona vs Bayern Munich betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

BARCELONA 3-1 Napoli – Clement Lenglet, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez (pen)

BAYERN MUNICH 4-1 Chelsea – Robert Lewandowski (2), Ivan Perisic, Corentin Tolisso

Head-to-head: Bayern Munich 3-2 Barcelona, Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich, Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona

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