In one of the ties of the round, Liverpool host Bayern Munich in the first leg at Anfield, kicking off on Tuesday at 8:00pm. Bayern Munich are frequent visitors to the Champions League latter stages, and Liverpool were beaten finalists last season, so which one of these huge teams will be knocked out early?

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Home Team: Liverpool

Liverpool went beyond expectations last season, as they reached the final which included rousing victories against Porto, Manchester City and Roma as they progressed. Undoubtedly, not many were anticipating that run last season, but given the improvement their side has made domestically this season, the fans will expect a similar campaign. The main priority for Liverpool this season is ending that 29 year wait for a title in England, but due to their history in this competition, Jurgen Klopp will know the importance of this tie, and it will have all the ingredients for a phenomenal atmosphere at Anfield.

Key defender Virgil Van Dyke will not play due to suspension, and due to other injuries in the squad, it looks that midfielder Fabinho will be a make-shift centre half which he has done at times already this season. Other than that, Liverpool be almost be full-strength, and will want to continue their Champions League home form, as they have won three from three, beating PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

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Away Team: Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are a stronger looking opposition for Liverpool now, than they were at the time of the draw, but still have weaknesses, particularly in defence. The club have managed to put themselves back in the title race in Germany, as they look to earn a consecutive 7th championship. Bayern Munich reached back to back finals in 2012 and 2013 in this competition, but haven’t reached them again in recent seasons, but have come close on all occasions. Last season, they narrowly lost to Real Madrid in an enthralling semi-final affair.

Bayern Munich were one of five teams that remained undefeated in the group stage but will be disappointed that they couldn’t muster a win over Ajax in two matches. In those matches against Ajax, Thomas Muller was sent off, meaning he won’t be available for this match. On the bright side for Bayern though, it looks that Kingsley Coman will be ready and willing to play after an injury scare in their recent 3-2 win in the Bundesliga.

Head to Head Liverpool vs Bayern Munich

Given the side’s history in this competition – both winning it 5 times apiece – they have only met each other twice, in a two-legged tie back in the 1981 semi-finals. Liverpool won that tie on away goals, as the first leg was 0-0 at Anfield, with the return finishing 1-1. Liverpool narrowly progressed to the final which they won. Since then, the sides met in the UEFA Super Cup back in 2001, where Liverpool were victors again, winning an entertaining match 3-2.

Aside from the games, they also met each other four times in 1971, in the Fairs Cup, and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, with two draws, and one win apiece. There isn’t anything between the sides in their previous meetings and now it is time to create more history for this fixture.

Liverpool vs Bayern Munich Predictions and Expert Betting Tips

bet now betting on football  Liverpool are favourites to win the first leg at 1/1 with Bayern Munich at 12/5. For the sides to draw, that is priced at 11/4. You can also bet on who to qualify, with nothing separating them, as they are both at 5/6. For me, I believe that Bayern Munich, will progress over the two legs due to them having the second leg at home. However, I’d opt for a Liverpool win here, in an entertaining 3-2 game, priced at 20/1.

   To increase odds even further, create a score cast, by adding Robert Lewandowki to open the scoring for the visitors at 140/1, or adding Liverpool’s star player Mohammed Salah at 55/1. For both of those players to score at any time, that is priced at 9/2. Liverpool have defensive injuries, and Bayern’s best form of defence is attack, so I expect to see some goals here, so I’d back there to be more than 3.5 goals at 11/8. Finally, Bayern may not win the match, but they are at a kind 11/10 to win any half in this match. Let’s hope this match delivers the goods!

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