🏟️ Stamford Bridge, London, United Kingdom.
📅 Tuesday 25th February.
⚽ Kick-off: 21:00 (CET).
🏆 UEFA Champions League.
📺 TV: uefa.com
The highlight of Tuesday’s Champions League matches sees Chelsea play Bayern Munich in a repeat of the 2012 Champions League final.
Back to winning ways
Chelsea were finding things difficult in 2020 until their 2-1 weekend win against Tottenham. Chelsea fans will hope that win will give them a much-needed confidence boost ahead of this crucial game against Bayern Munich. Olivier Giroud scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Tottenham, and he’s at odds of 2.97 to score again.
Chelsea scraped through qualification on matchday six as runners-up in a tough group that included Ajax and Valencia.
Bayern back to their best
Bayern have had a great start to 2020 and are now top of the Bundesliga. However, they surprisingly needed a late Robert Lewandowski goal to triumph over the bottom club Paderborn at the weekend. He is the joint-top goalscorer in this season’s Champions League with ten goals, and you can get odds of 1.54 for him to score at any point during Bayern’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
This is the first time these sides have played each other since the 2012 Champions League final which took place at Bayern’s home stadium. Chelsea won that match on penalties despite being completely dominated for 120 minutes. Eight years later and Chelsea find themselves as underdogs once again; the Blues are at 4.15 to defeat Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge. The pattern will likely follow the match in 2012 with Bayern having the majority of the possession and Chelsea trying to score on the counter. Bayern will be aware of Chelsea’s poor home record this season as they have already lost five in the league so far. The Bavarians will be disappointed with anything less than a win after the 1st leg. The situation is similar to 2012; Chelsea will feel less pressure as not much is expected of them. The fans of Bayern Munich will hope their team can handle the pressure better than they did in 2012.
Who remains from the 2012 Champions League final?
Chelsea don’t have anyone from that match still playing at the club, but Frank Lampard was the Chelsea captain during the final, and he’s now the Chelsea manager.
Manuel Neuer: Scored a penalty during the shootout in that final and he’s still the number one goalkeeper for Bayern Munich. He will want to put his mistake against Paderborn behind him.
Jerome Boateng: His performances have improved lately after a lot of questions about his place in the side earlier in the season.
Thomas Muller: He opened the scoring during the 2012 final but was substituted shortly after, and he wasn’t on the pitch for Chelsea’s equaliser or extra time.
David Alaba: He didn’t play in the final due to suspension, but the Austrian midfielder was a valuable player in getting them to the final, and he still remains a regular Bayern starter.
Despite the heartbreaking loss at their own stadium during the 2012 final. Bayern Munich recovered quickly and won the Champions League in 2013. Neuer, Muller and Boateng were all important members of the Germany team that won the 2014 World Cup.
Chelsea: Christian Pulisic, N’golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Bayern Munich: Niklas Süle, Ivan Perisic and Leon Goretzka.
Despite their poor home form this season; we’re tipping Chelsea to snatch a draw at odds of 3.98.
Whatever you bet on, enjoy the game and don’t forget that our prices are subject to fluctuation. Please check our Sports Betting page for the latest odds.