Football expert Ryan Elliott has a number of strong fancies for Friday's cracking tie between Barcelona and Bayern.
Since the Bundesliga become the first major European league to stick its head above the parapet, it’s been clear that Bayern Munich would be a serious problem in the Champions League this season.
Hansi Flick’s side, since restarting, have won every single match they’ve played, and how now triumphed in their last 18 games in all competitions, and it’s becoming increasingly hard to work out how to stop them.
Their clash with Barcelona is certainly the most eye-catching tie of the Champions League quarters, and I’m very much expecting the Germans to qualify for the next round on Friday.
Despite finishing just five points behind champions Real this season in La Liga, Barca have really struggled at times, and they’ve not shown nearly as much fluency or, dare I say, quality, as in previous campaigns.
You’ve obviously got a chance with Lionel Messi in your team, but Bayern are something of a juggernaut right now, and they’re 100% my favourites to win the whole thing.
Robert Lewandowski has a frankly ridiculous 13 Champions League goals to his name already this campaign, while Flick has also got the very best out of Thomas Muller, with the German registering a bonkers 21 league assists, despite starting only 26 matches.
It’s not just Lewandowski who can provide goals, with Muller, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and Ivan Perisic all more than capable of chipping in from elsewhere, with plenty more quality to come off the bench.
This Barcelona side have already failed to beat Borussia Dortmund, Slavia Prague and Napoli in this competition, while Bayern, obviously, have handsomely won every game – scoring 31 goals in their eight outings.
I’m more than happy snapping-up the price on offer for a Bayern win, but I’m also backing the -1 handicap. A side who score as many as Bayern, particularly considering they’ve conceded just two goals in their last five European games, are always worth a look in the handicap market.
I find it odd that people still haven’t woken up to just how good this Bayern side are, but you’re going to find out on Friday, so I have a couple of bonus ‘correct score’ tips at low stakes.
It feels like the end of an era for Barcelona’s ageing squad; for Bayern, the fun is only just starting.