Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea
This final sees two teams who have had largely disappointing domestic seasons brought together for one last chance of redemption. Bayern will be hugely advantaged by the staging of this game on their home turf and start as overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy.
The Key Points :
- Neither Bayern or Chelsea play with a high defensive line.
- Bayern’s full backs carry the ball forward more often than Chelsea’s do.
- Muller turns the ball over at twice the frequency of Kroos and tackles far less and is far less defensive than the suspended Gustavo.
- Ramires is both Chelsea’s most frequent tackler and dribbler. He is suspended as is Terry, Ivanovic and Meireles.
- Badstuber and Alaba will be absent from Bayern’s defence.
- Ribery is fouled at a greater frequency than Real Madrid’s Ronaldo.
- Drogba has scored 5 goals from 22 shots in the Champions’ League this season. Gomez has 12 goals from 45 efforts.
It is very probable that Bayern will have the greater share of possession in this contest but this will largely be an open game. They largely controlled the midfield in their semi-final games against Real Madrid but field a more attacking line-up on this occasion. In contrast, Chelsea have been content to concede possession in the Champions’ League this season. Bertrand has been drafted in so Cole will not have to face Robben on his own. Bertrand’s energy and defensive play will offset some of the loss brought about by Ramires’ suspension but Chelsea will miss his attacking verve. The odds compilers are expecting a game of goal chances and given that there will be such prolific strikers on the field, a price approaching evens about over 2.5 goals is a viable proposition.
Recommended bet :
Back Gomez (EW) First goalscorer.
Back over 2.5 goals.