Bayern Munich vs Lyon: Predictions, betting tips, odds & match preview
Bayern Munich are hoping to end Lyon’s Champions League dream as the two sides meet at the semi-final stage on Wednesday night.
Bayern Munich have produced some stunning performances to reach the final four of this competition where they are now the favourites to lift the trophy – but Lyon have already knocked out two European heavyweights in Juventus and Manchester City. Will their dream continue? Read on for our Lyon vs Bayern Munich betting tips and predictions here.
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Lyon had endured quite a difficult campaign domestically when the Ligue 1 season was brought to an early end in March. Les Gones had managed just 11 wins from their 28 fixtures at that point and as such, will miss out on European football next season with the Points-Per-Game system adopted leaving them floundering in seventh place.
Thankfully for boss Rudi Garcia, European form has saved the campaign. Despite winning just two of their six group stage games, Lyon made it through to the knock-out stages where they have excelled thus far, beating Juventus on away goals over two legs before shocking the pundits and bookmakers by beating Manchester City by a 3-1 scoreline on Saturday night.
Having already overcome two of the favourites in the last two rounds, Lyon will feel they have every chance of producing another upset on Wednesday night, but in pricing them at 1/4, the bookmakers clearly believe Bayern Munich will be a step too far and after their 8-2 mauling of Lionel Messi and Barcelona on Friday night, that’s more than understandable.
It wasn’t the only heavy defeat that the Bavarian side have inflicted on their European competitors this season either. Bayern have won all nine of their matches in the competition thus far, racking up 10 goals in two group stage wins over Tottenham, nine in two against Crvena Zvezda and beating Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16.
Die Roten started the domestic campaign slowly, but eventually recovered their league form following the hiring of Hans Dieter-Flick as manager to win yet another Meisterschale in the Bundesliga and they also followed that up with a DFB-Pokal win – can they now complete another historic treble?
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Bayern Munich vs Lyon Predictions
Squawka Stat: Bayern Munich’s Champions League matches have averaged 5.22 goals so far this season.
Bayern Munich’s attacking quality is obvious and they’ve shown just how dangerous they can be in the Champions League this season, with that stunning 8-2 victory over Barcelona taking them to 39 goals in just nine games in the competition.
Although they’ve conceded at a rate of less than a goal a game throughout the tournament too, they did show some defensive frailty on the counter-attack against Barcelona in conceding twice and now haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last three competitive games – conceding five.
Lyon’s quarter-final victory over Manchester City yielded four goals and they were involved in some high-scoring group stage games against the likes of RB Leipzig and Benfica so don’t be surprised to see the goals racked up here but as the match odds suggest, Bayern should have enough quality to secure their spot in a first final since 2013 with a win in 90 minutes.
Squawka Stat: Robert Lewandowski has the joint-highest amount of assists in the Champions League so far this season with five.
Robert Lewandowski has led the way in terms of Champions League goals this season with an incredible 14 goals, four more than his nearest competitor Erling Braut Håland and indeed he is now the highest-scoring player in the history of the competition to have never lifted the trophy with a total of 67 goals to his name.
This supreme scoring talent perhaps sometimes takes away the focus on the Polish forward’s all-round play and he is surely the most complete forward in world football at the moment – as is demonstrated by the fact that he is now also the joint-leading assist maker in the Champions League this season.
Despite only earning only four assists in the Bundesliga, perhaps against more expansive opponents the 31 year old has been able to pick out a player in space in the Champions League. After earning two assists in the second-leg of the Round of 16 match versus Chelsea and then laying on Thomas Müller for the opening goal in the 8-2 win over Barcelona on Friday night, Lewandowski now has five assists to his name in the UCL this term.