Chelsea will have a tough time in the knockout stage of the Champions League, as they were matched against German giants Bayern Munich. The Blues have not been in very good shape lately and are also missing some key players. Bayern Munich have been in the exact opposite form and will come here looking to score.
Date/Time: 2-25-2020, 15:00 EST
Spread: Chelsea +0.75
Total: 3 Goals
Chelsea did a fine run in the Group Stage, finishing 2nd with 11 points (3-1-2). It wasn’t a very tough group by the names of the other teams, but Chelsea did the job. But they didn’t have a lot of luck at home (1-1-1) scoring six and conceding six more. However, that was their only loss in their last 14 European home matches (8-1-5). Last season they did great to win the Europa League, while this is their 14th time in the Champions League round of 16. Their record in this stage reads W8 L5, but their overall record against German sides in two-legged ties is a perfect W3 L0. Chelsea will be missing Kante, Pulisic and van Ginkel, while Pedro and Hudson-Odoi are listed as questionable.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich were simply perfect in the group stage. They easily topped their group with six wins, scoring 24 goals and conceding just five in the process. They actually scored 16 of those goals on the road, and conceded four. That run made them just the 7th team to win all six group stage matches – and the first German team to do so. Bayern Munich have been excellent in this stage of the competition, winning in 11 of their previous 15 tries (W11 L4). They have been tremendous on the road in European matches, going undefeated in their last 12 (9-0-3). Bayern Munich have a W10 L6 record against English teams in two-legged ties. But they have won just two of their last six games on English soil (2-2-2).
The two teams last met in the 2012 Champions League final, where they played for a 1-1 draw. Chelsea did great in the penalty shoot-out and eventually captured the trophy. However, things have changed so much since then. Chelsea are now a young side with a lot of promising players, but not so strong. Bayern Munich are a juggernaut that will come here looking for goals. They should be able to exploit Chelsea’s shaky defense and take an advantage at this first leg.
Champions League Chelsea vs Bayern Munich Prediction: Bayern Munich -0.75 (-101)
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