Extending their buffer in the top-four over the weekend, Chelsea will turn their attention back to European duties when they welcome Bayern Munich to Stamford Bridge for the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night.
While the former Premier League champions might be continuing to show some inconsistencies, Frank Lampard’s youngsters picked up a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Spurs on Saturday lunchtime and ended their four-match top-flight winless run.
On the flip side, although Tuesday’s guests might have also endured what could best be described as a rollercoaster domestic campaign, Bayern Munich picked up a dramatic 3-2 win over Paderborn last weekend and still hold a fearsome reputation for their performances in the final third.
Unbeaten across any competition since opening the New Year, the Bavarians won each of their six group stage matchups, including a stunning 7-2 win away at Spurs back in October.
Meeting for the first time since Chelsea’s famous Champions League victory over the German outfit back in 2012, you might be interested to know that each of the four matchups between the two sides have seen both teams find the net by full-time.
A similar outcome and chances at both ends can be found priced at 3/5 with Ladbrokes for Tuesday night.
Chelsea looking to cause an upset
Although Chelsea may have seen their top-four buffer cut to just a single point ahead of Tottenham’s trip across London over the weekend, the Blues landed what could be a crucial 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
However, while Frank Lampard’s side may have ended their four-match Premier League winless run on Saturday lunchtime, the former England skipper has been vocal about his side’s inability to record a clean sheet.
Watching a heavily weakened Spurs side grab a consolation strike over the weekend, Tuesday’s hosts have also failed to record a Champions League clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in this year’s tournament.
Also conceding a pair of goals against Manchester United and Arsenal in back-to-back matchups in West London, you might be interested to know that betting offers like the Blues can be found priced at 8/13 with Paddy Power to once again ship over 1.5 goals on home soil.
While Chelsea might be continuing to show some cause for concern at the back, Lampard will be glad to know that leading marksman Tammy Abraham is fully fit for Tuesday’s contest and is likely to be reinstalled to the Blues’ starting XI in midweek.
Who can stop Lewandowski?
While Bayern may not have been at their best in their 3-2 win over relegation scrappers Paderborn over the weekend, the German giants have found a route back to the top of the Bundesliga table and the mood in their camp should be on the rise.
Winning each of their six group stage matches, including that famous 7-2 win in North London back in October, Hans-Dieter Flick’s men have continued to shine in the final third and they have one man to thank for that.
Bagging yet another brace at the Allianz on Saturday, the red-hot Robert Lewandowski has already recorded a stunning 42 strikes for club and country since opening the 2019/2020 campaign.
The Polish marksman has also continued to take Europe by storm this season and is the joint-leading scorer in this year’s competition, level on 10 goals with Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
In fact, the prolific Pole sits fifth on the list of all-time Champions League scorers with 63 goals, just one shy of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema (64).
With eight goals in his last seven matches across all competitions, you might be interested to know that Lewandowski can be found at 3/5 with William Hill to extend on that tally in West London.
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