It’s all gone a little bit 2001 for FC Bayern Munchen, after the Champions League semi-final draw rewarded them for beating Manchester United with a trip to Santiago Bernabeu to play the mighty Real Madrid.
They faced the same foes at identical stages in the 2000/01 competition, also posting an aggregate victory over Arsenal in group-stage combat that season.
Back then Bavaria’s finest reached the final at the expense of Los Blancos before defying Spanish opposition once more in Valencia to bring the trophy back to Germany.
FC Bayern are 3/5 to reach the Champions League final for the fourth time in five years with Carlo Ancelotti’s side 5/4 to progress.
The Germans are 7/4 favourites in the outright betting now that the post-draw dust has settled and the pencil necks of the bwin.com trading room clearly see the winner coming from their semi-final tie, with Real second shortest at 14/5.
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The other eliminator offers the historic parallels with FCB’s glorious 2000/01 campaign an opportunity to continue with Atletico Madrid the narrowest of narrow favourites to thwart Chelsea’s bid to reach a third European final in three seasons.
Los Rojiblancos are 83/100 to reach the Lisbon extravaganza, with the Stamford Bridge club 9/10 outsiders, despite having home advantage in the decider.
Atleti too may feel they have omens and augurings on their side after dumping Barcelona out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.
The last five teams to eliminate the Camp Nou club from the competition have gone on to reach the final, with the most recent four landing the prize and Los Colchoneros can be backed to continue the remarkable sequence at 15/4.