Chelsea v Bayern Munich Betting Tips: Can Blues stall Lewandowski and co?

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The Champions League round of 16 first legs continue tonight, with Chelsea taking on Bayern Munich.

It’s been a tricky round so far for Premier League sides, with Liverpool and Tottenham both tasting defeat last week, and Chelsea could be in trouble too.

Frank Lampard’s side are in a patchy spell right now, while Bayern are doing their customary thing of coming good in the second half of the campaign.

The Bundesliga heavyweights are 11/2 second-favourites to go all the way this season, while Chelsea’s young chargers are considered 40/1 outside shots. Can Lampard’s boys spring a surprise at Stamford Bridge tonight? Or will Robert Lewandowski hand Bayern a crucial away goal or two?

Match Odds

Despite home advantage, Chelsea are 27/10 underdogs tonight.  The West London side have only won three of their last seven on home turf.

And that leaves Bayern, on a 11-game unbeaten run, as 10/11 favourites. Hans-Dieter Flick’s side are 1/4 to qualify from the tie, with the Blues at 11/4.

Chelsea have conceded eight goals in their last five games, and there’s 31/20 about Bayern to win and over 2.5 goals tonight.

Talking Tactics

N’Golo Kante’s absence is a huge blow for Lampard’s side tonight. The energetic midfielder is set to miss the next three weeks – including potentially the second leg in Munich – with an adductor injury.

Jorginho and Mateo Kovavic will cover the Kante void in midfield, while Lampard must choose between Olivier Giroud or the returning Tammy Abraham up front.

The latter offers a more mobile option, but Giroud netted against Spurs on Saturday and remains one of the best and most experienced target men in the game.

Bayern will fancy their chances of hustling Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger at the other end, especially with Lewandowski enjoying another sensational campaign.

Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandowski has scored 10 goals in this season’s Champions League

The 31-year-old has netted eight goals already in 2020, and will again lead the Bayern line, with Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman and former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry likely to support.

Goalscorer odds

Defensively Chelsea have struggled of late, and Lewandowski will fancy his chances at the Bridge. The Bayern hitman is 12/5 favourite to score first, 2/3 anytime and is 3/1 to grab two or more goals.

Abraham heads up the betting for the hosts, with the 22-year-old 4/1 to score first and 7/5 anytime. If Giroud doesn’t start, then he’s almost certain to come on and the French World Cup winner is 13/8 anytime.

Gnabry will be one to watch too, with the German winger already into double figures for the campaign, including three in his last two games. The 24-year-old is 5/1 to open the scoring and 17/10 anytime.

Match Info

Where: Stamford Bridge, London

When: 8:00pm, Tuesday 25th February

How to watch: BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.