In what is a real showdown between two of European football’s heavyweights, Bayern Munich will meet Barcelona out in Lisbon on Friday night as they meet in a one-off contest to secure a spot in the semi-final of this year’s Champions League.
Really making another statement as they finished off the job against Chelsea in empathic fashion last weekend, the German giants landed a 7-1 aggregate romp against the Premier League outfit and have embarked on a stunning winning run either side of the enforced break.
On the flip side, also holding onto their first-leg advantage and seeing of Napoli at an empty Nou Camp last week, Barcelona firmly have all their eggs in the Champions League basket after relinquishing their La Liga crown to Los Blancos this summer.
While the Catalonia outfit might have managed to eventually breeze past Napoli after their 3-1 victory last time out, Barca do hold what is a worrying record against Friday’s quarter-final opponents.
Including a 3-2 defeat when the two sides last faced off back in 2015 while on European duties, Bayern have now won four of their last five meetings against the now-former Spanish champions. You might be interested to know a similar outcome out in Portugal can be found priced at 1/1 with Bet365.
Suarez to upset the odds?
Watching bitter rivals Real Madrid dethrone them this summer and failing to make it three La Liga titles on the bounce, Barcelona fans certainly got the response that they were hoping for last week.
Picking up a 3-1 win against Italian outfit Napoli on home soil and also signing off this year’s domestic campaign with a 5-0 romp against Alaves, there is no doubt that the Spanish giants have shown signs of their best.
While Lionel Messi might be continuing to steal the headlines in Catalonia, there is no doubt that Head Coach Quique Setién will be glad to see Luis Suarez’s much-needed return to form.
Given the chance to recover from a long-term knee injury due to football’s enforced break, the former Liverpool star once again converted from the spot against Napoli last week and has now recorded back-to-back strikes.
Once again expected to lead the line along with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner this week, the 33-year-old has landed six goals in his last eight appearances across all competitions and is enjoying his best run of 2020.
Already finding the net against both Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan in this summer’s extended tournament, Suarez can be found priced at 13/8 with William Hill to extend on his tally out in Lisbon on Friday night.
Robert Lewandowski – The Goal Machine
Really laying down a marker against Chelsea once again over the weekend and hitting the Premier League outfit for four, the mood in Bayern Munich’s camp remains at a red-hot high.
Breezing past Frank Lampard’s youngsters with a 7-1 aggregate win to their name, the German giants now find themselves in the midst of a glittering 18-match winning run across all formats and are unbeaten since the start of December.
Unsurprisingly, one man who has played a crucial role in Bayern’s remarkable charge has been attacking talisman and leading marksman, Robert Lewandowski.
Only continuing to tear up the record books at the Allianz this season and enjoying a stunning goalscoring campaign, the Polish sensation bagged his 52nd and 53rd strikes against Chelsea over the weekend.
Marching towards the Bundesliga’s Golden Boot this year, the 31-year-old became just the fourth player in Champions League history to record a strike in seven European appearances on the bounce.
In fact, scoring more than double any other play still competing in this summer’s extended tournament, Lewandowski can be found priced at 8/13 with Unibet to extend on his tally out in Portugal on Friday.