Bayern Munich v Barcelona Preview

July 23, 2013 | By

Pre- Season Club Friendly Free Bets No Deposit OffersClub Friendly action Wednesday night comes from the Allianz Arena Stadium in Munich featuring last season’s Champions League Winners, Bayern Munich taking on Spanish giants Barcelona.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 17:30pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Bayern Munich v Barcelona Preview, 2013 Pre-Season Club Friendly, Wednesday 24th July 2013

A mouth watering affair that will no doubt have everyone licking their lips in anticipation as despite this only being a ‘friendly match’ Barcelona for one will be looking for some payback on their embarrassing 7-0 aggregate defeatsuffered last season in the Champions League Semi Final.

Both of these clubs are considered by many as two of Europes biggest power houses and as such we should be in for a very exciting and entertaining game come wednesday night in munich.

Bayern Munich are under the guidance of ex Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola this season and that can only make them a stronger side, if that is possible after what they achieved last season.

Barcelona also have a new manager after Tito Vilanova unfortunately had to step down due to health problems (We would like to take this opportunity to wish Tito Vilanova and his Family our very best wishes.) and their new boss Gerardo Martino who was Paraguayan national side coach for 4 years has been a bit of a surprise appointment due to his lack of club football managerial experience.

Bayern Munich v Barcelona Team News

Bayern Munich Team News:

Thiago Alcantara, Mario Goetze and Jan Kirchhoff are three big names that Bayern Munich have secured during the summer transfer period. However, Mario Goetze is still recovering from a hamstring injury and won’t be available for this one although both Thiago Alcantara and Jan Kirchhoff could see some action.

Barcelona Team News:

Barcelona have also been busy in the transfer market and have secured the services of Neymar, Bojan Krkic and Ibrahim Afellay amongst others and all three of these could be included in the squad to play Bayern Munich in this one. Lionel Messi is also expected to play and lead the attack up front, but there are obvious doubts over influential midfielder Cesc Fabregas who is likely to join Manchester United in the next few days.

Bayern Munich v Barcelona Head to Head Statistics

01/05/13 – UCL Barcelona – Bayern Munich 0 : 3
23/04/13 – UCL Bayern Munich – Barcelona 4 : 0
27/07/11 – CLF Bayern Munich – Barcelona 0 : 2
14/04/09 – UCL Bayern Munich – Barcelona 1 : 1
08/04/09 – UCL Barcelona – Bayern Munich
4 : 0

Who Has The Advantage?

There has been 9 previous meetings between the two sides of which Bayern Munich have a commanding record having won 5 of them. Barcelona have managed just 2 victories, one of those coming in the only other previous friendly match the two sides have played which came back in 2011.

Average Goals Per Game?

The 9 previous meetings has seen a total of 22 goals having been scored. This provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.44 which suggests that we should see at least a couple of goals go in during this game on wednesday evening.

Bayern Munich v Barcelona Recent Form

Bayern Munich: W W W W W
Germany: W W W W W

Not often you see both sides having won their last five games in succession, although Barcelona did need a penalty shoot-out against Espanyol in a club friendly to secure their 100% record where as Bayern Munich have destroyed everyone that has been put in front of them with tremendous ease.

Bayern Munich v Barcelona Match Betting Odds Market.

Bayern Munich have been priced up as the clear odds on favourites to win this match on wednesday evening with the current best price of 4/7 with Sky Bet – £10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers, currently available, which does seem a bit short considering who their opponents are.

The Draw has only happened twice from the previous nine meetings, so some would say another on is overdue and this can be backed at a current best price of 10/3 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets for New Customers.

Barcelona are obviously in some sort of transition stage what with Tito Vilanova having had to step down and with some big name players having moved on to new clubs I can understand why the online bookmakers seem to give Barcelona no chance of winning this game. However, their current price of 4/1 with Betfred – £50 Free Bets for New Customers is probably the biggest price you will see for Barcelona in the coming 12 months and is obvious value considering their squad.

Bayern Munich v Barcelona Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Based on all the facts mentioned above, it does seem that Bayern Munich have the better credentials to win this game, but with their price extremely short and offering no value and up against one of the best sides other than them in Europe, the sensible option is to look at other places for value.

The goals market appeals slightly as I would expect both sides to score during this game and the match contain at least three goals on the night, but again the online bookmakers seem to agree and both of those markets are also very low odds as well.

Lionel Messi if he plays has a perfect chance to show his critics that he can perform against one of the best defences in the world and I think the little Argentinian hitman can rise to the occasion and aget his name on the score-sheet during this game.

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