One of the ties of the Champions League quarter-finals takes place on Friday evening as Barcelona and Bayern Munich come together at the Estadio Da Luz.
Two of the most fancied teams left in the competition having overcome Napoli and Chelsea respectively in the Round of 16, they now face a one-legged tie to reach the semi-finals.
Intriguingly, the Blaugrana don’t come into the game with an all too inspiring record at this stage of the UEFA Champions League. Despite reaching six consecutive Champions League semi-finals between 2007 and 2013, they have only reached two since, in 2015 on their route to lifting the trophy against Juventus, and last season where they were overcome by eventual winners Liverpool. Meanwhile, Bayern have failed to reach the semi-finals on three occasions in the last ten years. The Bavarians are at 4/7 with William Hill to qualify for the last four, whilst Barcelona can be backed at a price of 5/4.
The past clashes between the two sides in European competition could indeed provide clues as to how this one-off match is going to go. They have met each other on ten occasions, with Bayern securing six wins and Barcelona just two. In all of those clashes, there has also been a bucketful of goals, with 32 in total. Over 3.5 goals to be scored this time around sits at odds of 6/4 with Betfair.
If that trend of goalscoring is to continue, then no other sides in the competition have better ammunition with which to do that. The current top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League with 13 strikes, Robert Lewandowski is the favourite to hit the front in this game at a price of 9/4 with Betfred. Meanwhile, Barcelona have their own inspiring attacking options in the form of Lionel Messi, who was brilliant in the second-leg against Napoli. The Argentine superstar is at 4/1 to net first on Friday evening.
Away from the players at the top of the pitch, both sides have significant returnees for the game. Barca can welcome back Samuel Umtiti from injury (knee), whilst Sergio Busquets and former Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal are both available for selection after their respective suspensions. Ousmane Dembele has also returned to training so could potentially make the bench.
Regarding Bayern, Kingsley Coman is back from injury so could replace Ivan Perisic in the starting lineup and could be joined by Jerome Boateng. Despite missing training in mid-week, Alphonso Davies should be fine to play.