Bayern Munich Vs FC Barcelona - Unravelling of the Champions League starts with the semi-finals where four really the best teams meet. The first semi-final is a real treat, as many agree that Bayern and Barcelona at the moment play the most beautiful and most attractive football in the world. Bayern plays an unforgettable season and sets new records in the Bundesliga, while Barcelona is very convincing in La Liga.
Barcelona was knocked out from the domestic Cup, unlike Bayern which will play in the finals. During the Champions League this season Bayern was more convincing. So far these two teams met in this competition twice in 2009, and then was 1-1 in Munich, while at Nou Camp the host won with 4-0. Begins: 23.04.2013 – 20:45 CET
With every new match this season Bayern sets a new record. It is really incredible with how much ease it plays and grinds down the opponents in the Bundesliga, Cup and the Champions League. They won two last matches with 6-1, and those were not some weak opponents from the bottom of the table, but Wolfsburg and Hannover who belong to the middle class of German top ranking competition. In the league they set a new record in number of won points in one season but will surely surpass it by the end of it, and they achieved 20 wins in a row, which is also a record. They will almost certainly come to a figure of 100 scored goals in the season, as they lack only 11 and there are four rounds more to be played. Whomever coach Heynckes sends in the pitch, he just plays brilliantly, so it is not surprising that they are so convincing. A special story from last seven days is the striker Gomez. Against Wolfsburg in the Cup, after he entered the game he scored, in just nine minutes, a hat-trick. Against Hannover on Saturday he scored another two goals and is the top form at the right time, given that Mandzukic cannot play against Barcelona because of the suspension. Badstuber and Kroos will not take part in this match too, because of injuries.
Probable lineups: Neuer – Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba – Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez – Robben, T.Muller, Ribery – Gomez
Barcelona will be the champion of Spain, but it must be said they don’t play well recently. They have a big point advantage in La Liga, so they don’t have to play every game with the strongest team and best they can, and that has immediately reflected in results. They drew with Celte, and on Saturday barely managed to win Levante at home with Fabregas’ goal scored several minutes before the end of the match. Messi was not in the team because of minor injury, and Villa missed a penalty early in the match. However, what concerns more are two weak games against PSG in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They played two draws and with a lot of luck reached the semi-finals. Such game will surely bring them nothing good against spirited Bayern. Messi will certainly be in the team, but not Puyol and Mascherano because of injuries and Adrian because of the suspension, which creates problems in the defence line. Coach Vilanova will likely be forced to put inexperienced Bartram at the stopper position.
Probable lineups: Victor Valdes – Dani Alves, Pique, Bartra, Jordi Alba – Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta – Pedro, Messi, Sanchez
Bayern Munich Vs FC Barcelona Pick
It will be a great match between two great teams, but Bayern at the moment is better, and it demonstrates that in every match it plays. They are aware that in case of defeat have no chances in the rematch, and will try to make an advantage, so we expect them to dominate and exploit Barcelona’s problems in the defence line.
Tip: 1 DNB