Bayern to Leave Chelsea Feeling Blue

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Bayern Munich hold a huge 3-0 first-leg advantage over Chelsea but Barcelona and Napoli is finely poised at 1-1.

Robert Lewandowski playing for Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich boast a commanding 3-0 advantage over Chelsea as they prepare to welcome the Premier League club to the Allianz Arena for their Champions League last-16 second leg tie on Saturday.

Bayern to Blast Past Blues

Bayern put on a masterclass when they travelled to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the first leg of their last-16 tie in February.

Former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry netted twice with Robert Lewandowski also getting in on the act in west London as Chelsea struggled to get a grip on the game.

The German giants, who have won the domestic double of Bundesliga and DFB Pokal since the first meeting, dominated possession and spurned chances to further add to their tally against the Blues.

They have won all 14 competitive outings since that triumph at Chelsea and are unbeaten in 21 games across all competitions.

Indeed, Bayern’s form on home soil makes Chelsea’s task of overturning the deficit even more daunting, losing just twice all season.

Backing Bayern to win at 4/9 looks the sensible way to go in this one and Chelsea’s vulnerability at the back, along with their need to score, could make this a high scoring affair.

Hansi Flick’s men have taken no prisoners in their recent fixtures at the Allianz Arena, scoring at least two goals in each of the last seven across all competitions.

They have won each of their three Champions League outings on home soil by two goals this season and are priced at 3/1 to beat Chelsea by that margin on Saturday.

Lewandowski is the runaway leader for the Golden Boot in this season’s edition of the Champions League, scoring 11 goals.

The Poland ace, who is 4/9 to score anytime, has registered 51 times across all competitions in 2019-20 and is Bayern’s most likely candidate to get on the scoresheet in Bavaria.

Napoli to Bow Out in Spain

Saturday’s other tie, which sees Napoli head to Barcelona, is much more finely balanced with the aggregate score at 1-1 from the first-leg tie in Italy.

Both clubs endured frustrating ends to their league campaigns with Barcelona finishing second, relinquishing their La Liga crown, while Napoli had to settle for seventh and missed out on a European berth, although they did beat Juventus to lift the Coppa Italia for the first time since 2013-14.

Performances for Barcelona have been well under par with suggestions that the squad aren’t happy with life under boss Quique Setien, however, they have only lost once in their last 12 outings and remain a formidable outfit on home soil.

A Barcelona win, which is priced at 4/7, is the most likely outcome, especially when taking into account Napoli’s recent struggles on the road.

Napoli have claimed just one win in their last five away from home, beating Genoa who narrowly avoided relegation, and Barcelona should have far too much for that in Catalonia.

*All odds correct at time of writing

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