All eyes will be on the Allianz Arena, Germany tonight as Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea side take on Jupp Heynckes’s Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League Final. It should be a cracker, and we can exclusively bring you a super Victor Chandler free bets offer from Bet365 to pick up on the game.
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Of course, the overwhelming factor coming into the game is that Bayern will be playing on home soil, at their home stadium, and all the pressure is on the German Bundesliga runners up as bookmakers make them strong favourites to win at 5/6.
Things have not exactly gone to plan this season finishing runners up to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and come into the game tonight on the back of a 5-2 to walloping to the Champions in the German Cup Final last week.
Heynckes will be without Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber who are out through suspension, but Die Bayern still have Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger to pull the strings, and if they are to lift the trophy this year, much will depend on them.
Mario Gomez will once again be asked to lead the line and the 40 goal man can be backed around 4/1 to find the net first, while winger Arjen Robben is also a major threat and can be backed at around 6/1 to open the scoring.
Under the guidance of Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea have had something of a resurgence in the Premiership following the dismissal of Andre Villas Boas, and have already lifted silverware this season, securing the FA Cup, but there is no doubt they are the underdogs, reflecting in the price of 7/2.
The Blues also have serious selection headaches, with John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles all suspended for the game. David Luiz and Gary Cahill should return to the side after overcoming hamstring injuries.
This could be Didier Drogba’s last game for the Blues as the talk of a summer move to China gathers pace, and the Ivorian can be backed at a value looking 9/1 to find the net first.
Much will depend on the service of Spaniard Juan Mata, who has been an inspiration in midfield this season, and he looks more than capable of popping up with a goal at 12/1.
Those hoping for the perfect end to a turbulent season for Fernando Torres can back the ex Liverpool star at 9/1.
Chelsea have had it all to do in their Champions League run, they were written off by most after they fell 3-1 to Napoli, while no one gave them a hope as they made the trip to the Nou Camp to face the might of Barcelona.
Nevertheless, their resolve and grit were there for all to see, and there is something about the side in the competition that suggests luck is with them this year.
At 7/2 that price has to be backed.
Enjoy the game everyone!