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Bayern Munich host Barcelona in the first of the 2013 Champions League semifinals. The match promises to be a classic, with arguably the most talented side in Europe travelling to Germany to take on the most impressive Champions League performers of this season.
Bayern Munich and Barcelona have met fairly recently in the Champions League, playing each other in semifinals of the 2008-09 Champions League. In that tie Barcelona effectively sealed the win in the first leg with a 4-0 home victory. Bayern held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in their home leg, but lost the tie 5-1 on aggregate.
More recently Barcelona and Bayern clashed in a 2011 club friendly at the Allianz Arena. Barcelona prevailed 2-0 on that occasion.
Bayern Munich’s form in recent weeks has been nothing short of scintillating, with the side winning five consecutive fixtures and scoring a whopping 18 goals in the process. Bayern’s defence has also been in super form, and is on a run of 4 clean sheets.
The club has won 22 of its last 23 matches, sustaining just 1 defeat –against Arsenal – during this period. They lead the Bundesliga by a clear 20 point margin, and boast a staggering 70 goal difference in that tournament after 29 matches.
Barcelona’s recent record pales in comparison, with the Catalan side claiming just two wins from the last five games, and drawing the remaining three.
They were less than convincing in the manner they progressed to the Champions League semifinals, drawing both their fixtures against PSG in the quarterfinals, and eventually sneaking into the next round on away goals.
Bayern have arguably been the team of the tournament in the 2012-13 Champions League and based on form should produce the goods to beat Barcelona. However, this side also has a reputation for choking in the final stages of the tournament, and Barcelona will be their most formidable opponent this season.
While we’d have to go with Bayern in the match betting markets, our money is going on the over/under goals betting markets, as these two freescoring sides likely to put away 3 goals or more in this match.
Our Bayern Munich vs Barcelona betting tip for this 2013 Champions League semifinal is therefore to go with a bet on over 2.75 goals being scored in this match.