Chelsea travel to Bayern Munich for a match that could become the script of a Herculean plot or result in further disappointment for the former.
It was one-way traffic in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie between Chelsea and Bayern Munich as the German giants humiliated the English side in their own ground.
Robert Lewandowski was on target, and so was Serge Gnabry as the visitors earned a 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge back in February.
The two are now set to clash again. It is fair to say that even the most optimistic of fans would be taken by surprise if Chelsea manage to somehow turn the tie around and book a place in the quarterfinals.
Bayern Form and Team news
Form: Bayern have been flying high post-lockdown, winning each of their 11 matches since then. They have also already lifted two silverware this season in the shape of Bundesliga title and DFB pokal trophy.
Team News: Kingsley Coman will miss the match with a muscular injury, with Benjamin Pavard also joining him on the sidelines.
Chelsea Form and Team news
Form: Considering the fact that this is Frank Lampard’s debut managerial season, it can be said that Chelsea have fared well so far. After all, he managed to guide the team to a top-four Premier League finish despite operating under a transfer ban. However, they have shown some serious weakness, especially in defense.
Team news: To make matters worse, they will be without Christian Pulisic, arguably their best player recently. Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro will also miss the match, with Willian and N’Golo Kante still doubtful. Jorginho and Marcos Alonso are both suspended – for yellow card accumulation and sending off respectively.
[All odds are correct at publishing time and are subject to change. All odds as reported by The Telegraph]
Bayern are 1/3 favourites to go into the game and grab another victory. Odds for Chelsea are 13/2 to do the seemingly undoable, while a draw is priced at 9/2.
It can take some time for Bayern to settle in the game, with them getting into competitive action nearly after a month off. Therefore, a goal from them after 77:59 minutes is priced at 5/6.
Robert Lewandowski has been firing on all cylinders, having scored 51 goals across all competitions this season. He has already netted 11 Champions League goals this term, and odds for him score his 12th on Saturday are 7/4.