Liverpool will be aiming to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night as they head to the Allianz Arena to do battle with Bayern Munich.
The two sides come into the match in Bavaria having battled to a 0-0 draw at Anfield less than three weeks ago. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds would qualify with either a score draw and a win, whilst a Bayern victory would take the hosts through to the quarter-finals. Consequently, last season’s beaten finalists Liverpool are the favourites to qualify at odds of 20/23 with Paddy Power. Bayern sit slightly behind at 9/10.
If Niko Kovac’s troops are to get through, they will have to end a tricky run of form against the English outfit. In eight matches against Liverpool, they have only one win and that solitary victory came way back in 1971. They have a price of 23/20 with BetVictor to earn what could turn out to be a vital win, whilst the Reds sit at 12/5. A draw after 90 minutes meanwhile is at 27/10.
One aspect that could inspire the current Bundesliga leaders could be their recent record in the UEFA Champions League. In the last ten seasons, Bayern have only failed to make at least the quarter-finals on one occasion – the last time coming during the 2010/11 season. Considering this pedigree, it could be a clever bet to back Bayern to lift the Champions League trophy come the end of the campaign at odds of 10/1. Liverpool meanwhile are at 9/1 to go one further than last season’s final defeat to Real Madrid.
Supporters could potentially expect goals in the game at the Allianz. Both teams have scored in all games between Bayern and Liverpool in Germany and the odds on this to happen once again are at 8/13 with Betfred.
Another certainty could also be Robert Lewandowski finding the back of the net. The Polish forward has already plundered 29 goals in all competitions so far this season, including leading the goal-scoring charts in the Champions League with eight. He is at 3/1 with Coral to score the opening goal at the Allianz Arena. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s leading scorer Mo Salah is at 5/1.
Midfielder Naby Keita reportedly missed Liverpool’s last training session before they flew out to Bavaria so he could be a doubt for the match. James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold did take part in the session though so could well be ready to return to action. However, long-term absentees Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are restricted to the treatment table. The match could also be too early for winger Arjen Robben to make his return after being ruled out since November. Corentin Tolisso also remains out with a cruciate ligament rupture. Key man Joshua Kimmich will also not take to the field due to suspension.