In Tuesday’s Champions League action, plucky underdogs Salzburg are in action against Bayern while Liverpool seek to progress past Inter.
Bayern Munich vs RB Salzburg
Bayern were caught out by Salzburg in the first leg, with Kingsley Coman requiring a last-gasp equaliser to spare the Bundesliga side from what would have been an eyebrow-raising defeat a couple of weeks ago.
At the Allianz Arena, Julian Nagelsmann’s team will hope to put in a more convincing performance. And the hosts are huge odds-on favourites to win this encounter.
The German team could only draw against Leverkusen at the weekend. But goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is expected to return from injury this week – his presence will surely bolster the hosts’ confidence here.
Salzburg warmed up for this one with a 4-0 win in the Austrian League on Saturday. They haven’t conceded a goal in their last three matches, either. Still, the 15/1 price on the visitors to win this fixture tells its own story. The story being that you probably shouldn’t expect Salzburg to win here.
If Salzburg are going to pull off a shock, perhaps it could come from a familiar source. Former Bayern player Karim Adeyemi has 19 goals for Salzburg so far this season, his most recent coming from a penalty on Saturday.
The 20-year-old has four goals in the Champions League in this campaign – can he come back to haunt his old club on Tuesday? Adeyemi is 17/5 to score at any time against his former side.
If the young striker can find the net, it seems likely to end up being a consolation goal. At home in the Champions League this season, Bayern have scored 13 goals in three games.
After a first leg that proved surprisingly challenging for Bayern, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the hosts rack up the goals here. Over 3.5 goals is available at 10/13. Bayern are 1/6 to win, and Lewandowski is 8/25 to score at any time. Combining those bets in a treble for total odds of 6/5 might be the way to go, then.
Liverpool vs Inter
Simon Inzaghi’s Inter come to Anfield having smashed five past Serie A’s basement Salernitana at the weekend. But alarmingly, before that the side had failed to score in four previous matches.
That run includes Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Inter in the reverse fixture. The Merseyside team have won all seven of their Champions League encounters so far in this campaign. It’s not difficult to imagine an eighth straight victory at Anfield this week.
Jurgen Klopp warned against complacency after his side won the first leg. But while he’s obviously right not to take anything for granted, it’s hard not to get past the statistic that Liverpool have won all 34 of the UEFA ties in which they won the first leg.
Assuming Liverpool don’t score, Inter need two goals just to take this game into extra time. Which sounds a tall order for a side that have already failed to find the net in four of the seven Champions League matches they’ve played already in this campaign.
In fact, despite hitting the crossbar Inter didn’t manage a shot on target in the first match. Against a Liverpool side that kept Porto and Atletico from scoring at Anfield earlier this season, the visitors could wind up drawing another blank on Tuesday.
Liverpool are 7/4 to win to nil.
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