Bayern Munich v AC Milan – Audi Cup betting preview

audi-mc-club-betting (1)The second game of the 2015 Audi Cup takes place directly after the Real Madrid vs. Tottenham game on Tuesday.

Bayern are hosting the competition and will be playing in front of their home fans against the Italian giants from Milan.

This will be the teams’ first meeting since Milan knocked Bayern out of the Champions League in 2007, winning 4-2 on aggregate.

Things have changed hugely since then: Bayern are now one of the best sides in the world, while AC Milan have fallen away.

Bayern Munich (1.38) managed to romp to the Bundesliga title last season. However, defeats in the German Cup and Champions League still left fans demanding more from Pep Guardiola and his players.

Former Shakhtar attacking midfielder Douglas Costa has been added to the squad in the summer. Juventus star Arturo Vidal looks set to follow Costa to the Allianz Arena after impressing in Serie A last year and at the Copa America over summer.

Great signing: Arturo Vidal

The Bayern fans and board are far from easy to please, and Guardiola will be feeling the pressure this time next year if he can’t manage to win the Champions League this season.

AC Milan (6.60) have been on the decline in recent years. They have not managed a Serie A title since 2011 and haven’t qualified for Champions League football since 2013.

After poor recent campaigns under club legends Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi, the club have appointed former Fiorentina manager and disciplinarian Siniša Mihajlović as manager.

Milan really have not spent wisely over the last few years.

However, they have recruited some real quality this summer with South American goal-poachers Luiz Adriano and Carlos Bacca arriving from Shakhtar and Sevilla respectively.

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Key man: Luiz Adriano

We feel that Milan will improve on last year’s 10th-place finish in Serie A and we wouldn’t be surprised if they managed to finish the season in the Champions League qualification places.

AC Milan will deservedly go into the game as underdogs and, due to Bayern’s home advantage and far superior squad, that seems to be fair.

However, Bayern are playing Wolfsburg in the German Super Cup on the Saturday before this fixture and we fully expect them to field a weakened and/or tired side against their Italian counterparts two days later.

Pep Guardiola is man who always likes his sides to play patient attacking football, and goals never appear to be an issue. Milan have also adopted a more attacking style during pre-season, so we can see goals for both sides.

There is the potential for an upset here and we feel that Milan can manage to get a draw in 90 minutes and send the game to extra time or even penalties.


BEST BET: DRAW (90 MINS) @ 4.00

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Guardiola’s unhappy homecoming? Your Champions League betting guide

We have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and the second semi-final takes place on Wednesday night.

The My Club Betting prognosticators offered a trio of bets last night – and all of them won! We gave you winners at odds of 1.40, 1.91 and 2.82 – and also weighed in with a 9.20 correct score winner!

Our guys cast their eyes over the second semi-final and pick out a trio of bets to whet your appetite…

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Danger man: Luis Suarez

A lot has been made of the injuries that Bayern Munich have to overcome in order to reach the Champions League final.

It is true that they will miss the pace of Arjen Robben, who can unlock the tightest of defences.

But even though they have kept five clean sheets in their last five games, this Barcelona side is far from solid at the back.

Bayern will certainly be weakened by the loss of Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber.

However, it is likely that the influential Poland international striker Robert Lewandowski will play, albeit with a face mask.

Lewandowski has contributed five goals two assists in 10 Champions League games this season and Pep Guardiola, who won 14 trophies in four years at Barcelona, will know his Bayern side are unlikely to progress unless they grab an away goal.

BET: Draw or Bayern Munich @ 1.99

Guardiola returns to face the club that made him and the Bayern Munich manager knows it won’t be an easy homecoming.

Bayern have not fared particularly well on their travels in Europe this season and had to overcome a 3-1 first-leg quarter-final deficit against Porto, winning the second-leg 6-1.

But they have won three of their previous four encounters with Barcelona at the Camp Nou, including a 3-0 success in the 2012-13 semi-finals. That was part of a 7-0 aggregate win.

BET: Half-Time Draw @ 2.22 

Barcelona, who seek their eighth European Cup final appearance, have won 13 of their 18 two-legged ties with German opposition and they are scoring goals for fun. They have bagged 14 in the last two matches and have kept five straight clean sheets.

While that 2012-13 semi-final thumping is unlikely to have been forgotten, Guardiola knows the Barcelona players and the system. He hopes to negate perhaps the most effective strike-force ever assembled in Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Likewise, the Barcelona players know his systems and how he thinks.

BET: Home Yellow Cards – Over 1.5 @ 1.57

Italian whistle-blower Nicola Rizzoli is potentially a bad omen for the Blaugrana. He took charge of the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. In that game Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer escaped any sanction for his diabolical attack on Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain.

This season he took charge in Barcelona’s 3-2 defeat to PSG at the Parc des Princes and was also in the middle for Barca’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium a couple of seasons ago. In that game he disallowed what looked a perfectly good goal from Lionel Messi.

Bayern have won five of their seven European Cup semi-finals against Spanish teams and while they are injury-hit, this might be a more difficult test for Barcelona than many pundits are anticipating.

VERDICT: Barcelona 0 Bayern Munich 0 @ 7.20

All odds quoted from Shoreham FC’s betting service

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