Europe will be licking its collective lips for a true clash of titans on Tuesday as Bayern Munich welcome Barcelona for a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final first leg.
The German giants, who have stormed to the Bundesliga title and continually impressed in continental combat, are 19/20 favourites to make home advantage count and secure a lead to take back to the Nou Camp next week.
Barcelona are priced as long as 13/5 to win the first game of their sixth straight semi-final in this competition, with the same odds available on the match finishing all square.
But before you have a bet on this superb clash, here are five key statistics which could influence which markets will be attracting your interest.
4 – Five of Bayern’s last 11 Champions League games at the Allianz Arena have finished with the Bavarians winning a game with four goals or more. Odds of 17/4 are available on the hosts taking a similarly high-scoring first-leg win (with over 3.5 combined goals).
6 – Six goals in three games have seen Mario Gomez stake an impressive claim for Bayern’s front man role on Tuesday in the absence through suspension of their usual Champions League attacking pick, Mario Mandzukic. Gomez is 9/2 to score first and 13/10 to notch at any time.
11 – The number of away matches Barcelona played without keeping a clean sheet before last weekend’s 3-0 win at La Liga strugglers Real Zaragoza. Bayern are 19/10 to score in both halves.
14 – Of Barcelona’s 27 away goals in the Champions League since the start of 2011, Lionel Messi has scored just over half – 14. The Ballon d’Or winner faces a race to be fit for Tuesday’s clash but is 7/2 to score first and even money to hit the back of the net at some stage in the 90 minutes.
21 – The number of goals that Bayern have smashed in their last four Allianz Arena games, including a 2-0 win against Juventus in the Champions League last eight. Bayern are 16/5 to score three or more goals in the first leg of the semi-final.