It's hard to make a case for Barcelona getting past the might of Bayern Munich, even with Lionel Messi on the pitch.
Here's our Champions League quarterfinal betting preview with key betting insights, team news and match info.
A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona side got the better of Napoli 4-2 on aggregate in the round of 16. They'll have experienced defensive midfield duo Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets back from suspension which is a timely boost ahead of this crunch quarterfinal with Bayern Munich, but the German side represents a massive step-up in quality. The Bavarians swept Chelsea aside 7-1 on aggregate in the round of 16 and look imperious, spearheaded by goal-machine Robert Lewandowski and the evergreen Thomas Müller, who plundered a record 21 assists in the Bundesliga in 2019-20. His creativity will be a major headache for Vidal & Busquets upon their return to the team.
Hansi Flick's young side is too direct, too quick and too strong for an ageing Barcelona side and that should show on Thursday night.
🧩 Barcelona vs Bayern key details
- 🗓 14 August 2020
- 🏟 Estádio da Luz
- ⌚️ 22:00 kickoff (EAT)
🧮 Likely starting XIs
🔵 Barcelona (4-1-2-1-2):
ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets; De Jong, Rakitić; Vidal; Messi, Suàrez,
⚪️ Bayern (4-2-3-1):
Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Thiago; Gnabry, Müller, Perisic; Lewandowski
🔑 Key betting facts
- Bayern has won their last eight matches in the Champions League.
- Bayern has scored at least three goals in seven of their last eight UCL matches.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in eight of Bayern's last nine UCL matches.
- Bayern is unbeaten in 27 games across all competitions, winning 26, scoring 86 goals (at a rate of 3.3 per game), conceding just 20 (0.8 per game) and keeping 12 clean sheets.
- Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has 13 goals in the UCL this season and he is hunting down Cristiano Ronaldo's record for a single season (17 goals in 2013-14).
- Both sides have now scored in six of Barcelona's last seven matches in the UCL.
- Bayern has won 18 consecutive matches in all comps and ten of those 18 games saw over 3.5 match goals.
- There has been a penalty in Bayern's last three competitive matches.
- The team that’s scored the opener has won the last four Champions League meetings between these sides.
- Barcelona and Bayern Munich are both five-time European champions.
- Experienced Barcelona midfield duo Sergio Busquets & Arturo Vidal both return from suspension and are in contention to start.
- Benjamin Pavard is still out so Josh Kimmich will continue to slot in at right-back for Bayern, while there is a slight fitness doubt over the other full-back Alphonso Davies.