Liverpool v Bayern Munich Betting Tips: Can Klopp defeat former foe?
Odds and preview of Champions League clash
Two European giants face off in the Champions League round of 16 tonight as Liverpool take on Bayern Munich.
Liverpool will want to make home advantage count – they’ve lost each of their last five European games away from Anfield.
But even though this current Bayern side haven’t been as convincing as their recent predecessors, they’ve still got the talent and experience to deal a major blow to the host’s hopes.
It gets started at 8:00pm on BT Sport 2, but you’ll find the key odds and info right here…
These sides haven’t met since 2001, when Liverpool beat Bayern 3-2 in the European Super Cup. Of the seven previous meetings, Liverpool have won two, Bayern one and there have been four draws.
There’s little recent history between the clubs, but Klopp knows Bayern very well from his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund. This will be his 30th game against the Bavarians as a manager. He’s won nine of the previous 29, but lost 16.
Liverpool are without the suspended Virgil van Dijk, while Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez are out too. That means Joel Matip and Fabinho are set to play in central defence. Andy Robertson will also need to be careful at left-back – he’s a booking away from a suspension.
There could be a big issue up front too if Roberto Firmino doesn’t recover from illness. Divock Origi would start in his absence.
Klopp’s other major call will be in midfield. Will James Milner or Naby Keita get the nod? The manager’s decision will help gauge whether he wants to keep things tight or go for it at home.
Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and Corentin Tolisso are definitely out for the visitors. Arjen Robben is also a doubt on the right.
But Serge Gnabry has shown signs lately that he could grow into a star for Bayern. And Robert Lewandowski, Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba all pose a serious threat.
How adventurous will Liverpool’s full-backs be? If Robertson and Alexander-Arnold bomb on, they could leave space for Gnabry and Kingsley Coman to race into on the break.
At the same time, Klopp will be keenly aware of the need to gain a first-leg advantage. He could instruct him team to press furiously in the early stages to unsettle Bayern. Niko Kovac’s team haven’t kept a clean sheet in their previous six games.
Bayern may not be at their very best, but Lewandowski only needs a sight of goal to make it count. They’ll look to exploit the unfamiliar Reds backline to play the striker in.
Anfield is a fortress for Liverpool on European nights. They haven’t lost a Champions League game there since Real Madrid’s visit in October 2014. We make them 11/10 favourites to get another crucial home win.
With an untested backline, we go 5/2 for Liverpool to win and Both Teams to Score.
Mohamed Salah and Lewandowski share First Goalscorer favouritism at 4/1.
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