The best soccer club competition in the world returns this week with a bang. Barcelona will play host to Bayern Munich on Tuesday afternoon as the soccer betting underdog. I guess Camp Nou is not so impressive without Lionel Messi.
Bayern won the Champions League two years ago while Barca did it for the last time in 2015. Both are among the favorites to dethrone Chelsea. Nevertheless, they first must settle who’s finishing at the top of Group E. Starting on the right foot could be crucial.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and odds for Barcelona vs Bayern Munich. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Game: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich
Location: Camp Nou, Barcelona
Time: Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
UEFA Champions League Betting Lines
|Barcelona||+½ -115||+250||3½ EVo||1½ +105o/-135u|
|Bayern Munich||-½ -105||-105||3½ -120u||1½ -175o/+145u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 11
- Barcelona Victories: 2 (16 goals)
- Bayern Munich Victories: 7 (26 goals)
- Draws: 2
The last time they met, Bayern Munich crushed Barcelona 8-2. They did it in the quarterfinals of the 2019-20 Champions League. Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho scored two goals each to share the Player of the Match award.
Barca beat Bayern for the last time in the semifinals of the 2014-15 edition. They won 3-0 at Camp Nou with goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar. Several years later, both players are with PSG.
In their last nine meetings, Bayern finished with a clean sheet in three games and failed to score twice. The total went over in seven of those games.
Why Bet on Barcelona?
Life without Messi can be tough, but Barcelona has been handling it quite well. They started the La Liga season with a 2-1-0 record, seven goals for and four against. They didn’t play last weekend due to some rescheduling, which means they’ll be more rested than their opponent.
Individually, Memphis Depay has become the new reference when attacking. The Dutchman has scored two goals. Frenkie de Jong has been his best ally, leading the team in assists with two.
“Memphis has hit the ground running, not just with his goals and assists, but also in terms of the work he puts in every day. He’s been a good signing and I hope this is just the start of a great career at this club,” said captain Sergio Busquets to the press.
Barca recently signed Luuk de Jong to reinforce their offensive unit, but they also lost Martin Braithwaite due to injury. Nevertheless, with Depay, De Jong, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and Sergio Aguero (when healthy), they should be fine.
The scores and odds are on Bayern Munich’s side, but don’t sleep on Barca. They’re a very disciplined team and playing at home increases their chances. They also started the season 2-0 at home, 1-1 against the spread and 2-0 over/under.
Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba are doubtful due to injury while Fati and Dembele are out. Their expected lineup is Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Oscar Mingueza, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet; Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Sergio Busquets; Memphis Depay, Philippe Coutinho, Luuk de Jong.
Why Bet on Bayern Munich?
You’ll never be wrong by including Bayern Munich in your soccer picks. They started the Bundesliga season 3-1-0 with 13 goals for and only four against. Most recently, they crushed RB Leipzig 4-1. Keep in mind that Leipzig is also a title contender in the Bundesliga.
Robert Lewandowski just keeps scoring goals. He already leads the Bundesliga in scoring with six goals. Bayern’s offensive unit also includes Serge Gnabry, Muller, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman.
Defensively, Manuel Neuer remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Also, they recently signed midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, who’ll help Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich a lot.
The team is adapting just fine to a new bunch of ideas. Manager Julian Nagelsmann inherited a very good team, but he wants to take them to the next level. He has done a great job, but this is going to be his fireproof.
Gnabry and Coman are questionable due to injury while Corentin Tolisso is out. It’s not all bad news, Benjamin Pavard is back after missing the start of the season. Their expected lineup is Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Niklas Sule, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Marcel Sabitzer, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane; Robert Lewandowski.
Final Analysis, Predictions
I know it’s not the same without Messi, but you don’t want to miss this game. The winner could set up the tone for the rest of the Group Stage. The loser could drown in doubt. The pressure will be on Barcelona’s shoulders, but they can handle it. Don’t get me wrong, Bayern Munich deserves to be the favorite, but I don’t see another 8-2 result happening.
I expect a back-and-forth game in which both side will score. Don’t forget to check the props our sportsbook is offering for this and other games to increase your winning chances. Our score prediction is offering a +1800 price. The Champions League’s rhythm is intense, I like the first goal to be scored between 11-20 minutes at +330.
Score Prediction: Bayern Munich 3, Barcelona 2