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Bayern Munich Tipped For Champions League Glory

Thursday 23rd May 2013
The Champions League Final takes centre stage on Saturday with fierce Bundesliga rivals, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich locking horns in the confines of the magnificent Wembley Stadium in the competition's first ever all German final.

The eagerly anticipated clash promises to be an absolute corker between two sides gunning to add to their already glittering histories.

Bayern Munich have enjoyed a simply staggering season to date. In early April they secured the Bundesliga title in record time, with six games to spare and their domestic dominance has expanded in to the European scene too where they have swatted away the best that Italy and Spain has to offer in previous rounds. The Bavarians form is superb - winning 24 of their last 26 games in all competitions! Furthermore, they are currently on course for a historic treble, with a German Cup final yet to be played against Stuttgart.

As such, Jupp Heynckes' side are the hot favourites for glory on Saturday evening, with bookmakers handing the German champions odds of just 4/5 to win in 90 minutes, while they can be found at 2/5 to lift the famous trophy end 12 years of hurt having lost two finals since last winning the competition back in 2001.

Meanwhile, Dortmund may have failed to have reached the domestic heights of last season's league and cup double but they have certainly made waves in Europe. They emerged from the 'Group of Death', where they overcame Real Madrid, Man City and Ajax to finish top of the standings, undefeated and have since beat Shakhtar Donetsk and produced a dramatic comeback against Malaga in the quarter-finals before thrashing Real Madrid 4-1 at home in the semi-finals.

The Borussians previously won the competition in their only final appearance back in 1996/97 and will be determined to oust their all-conquering rivals on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's men have been priced as the 7/2 outsides to record a victory in normal time, while they are available at 15/8 to lift the cup. Alternatively, a draw is available at 13/5 and if you think the game will be decided on penalties, then either team can be backed at 12/1 to win aft 120 minutes and from 12 yards out.

Saturday's Final will be the first all-German encounter in the history of the competition. Spain, Italy and England have all produced same-country finals in the past but this weekend's clash highlights the strength and resurgence of German football, and the spectacle should not disappoint!

Incredibly, this is only Bayern manager, Jupp Heynckes', third Champions League campaign as a coach, despite 34 years in the dugout. That said, the 68 year old German manager has reached the final on all three occasions, winning once in 1998 with Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Bayern have lost three of the four finals they have played in, including two in the last three seasons, with last year's heartbreaking defeat on penalties to Chelsea in the Allianz Arena still fresh in their minds.

However, there is a real belief that this time things will end differently, with Bayern undefeated in four games against Dortmund this season (two wins in the Super Cup and DFB-Pokal and two draws in the Bundesliga). Both of the cup victories were by a single goal and they can be backed at 11/4 to win by that margin on Saturday, while a 2-1 win looks a decent bet at 15/2.

Bayern may be the favourites but it is worth remembering that Dortmund are undefeated against them in their last six league games (four wins, two draws). The last time the teams clashed in a Final was last season in the 2012 DFB-Pokal, with Dortmund coming out convincing 5-2 winners. They won both of last season's league encounters 1-0, with that scoreline available at a tempting 14/1, while 11/2 is the price given to a Dortmund victory by a margin of one goal.

Bayern scored a sensational 98 goals en route to winning the league title, while they smashed seven past Barca in the semi-finals. Their attack is brimming with talent, with Mario Gomez and Mario Mandzukic have both been priced at 4/1 to open the scoring. Eight goal Thomas Muller has developed a knack for scoring in big games. He bagged the opener in last year's final and can be backed at 6/1 to repeat the feat on Saturday, while he is available at 17/10 to net anytime, with Arjen Robben the same price in both markets.

Bayern's attack may be the talk of the town but their stubborn defence has been exceptional, with the backline keeping four consecutive clean sheets since their round of 16 match at home to Arsenal. Only one of the last five Finals have featured over 2.5 goals. However, the last Final at Wembley contained four goals and Saturday's clash is likely to be explosive, with over 2.5 priced at 4/6.

Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski has enjoyed an electric campaign, scoring 10 goals in the competition so far, which is two adrift of top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo. The Polish striker can be backed at 13/2 to open the scoring and 15/8 anytime.

Champions League Final Predictions:

  • Bayern Munich to win by one goal @ 11/4 with Paddy Power

  • Thomas Muller to score anytime @ 17/10 with Paddy Power

  • Robert Lewandowski to score anytime @ 16/5 with Paddy Power

  • Over 2.5 goals @ 4/6 with Paddy Power

Jack Kitson
Massive Southampton fan, loving being back in the Premier League but cannot get enough football to feed my addiction.

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