UEFA Champions League Betting 21/22: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Betting Preview

Written By Alex Blowers on December 7, 2021

The UEFA Champions League returns this week for Matchday 06, and one of the biggest fixtures is between Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Julian Nagelsmann‘s side have breezed through Group E, winning all five games with 19 goals scored and three conceded. Barcelona needs a win to guarantee progression to the Last 16. If they draw and Benfica beat Dynamo Kyiv, they will finish third on Goal Difference and drop into the Europa League. If Benfica fails to beat Dynamo Kyiv, Xavi will take his side into the Knockout Stages.

UEFA Champions League Betting: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Betting Preview

Kickoff is scheduled for 3 PM EST on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena, and you can stream it live on Paramount+. Read on for my match preview, bringing you all the latest team news, recent form, odds, tips, and stats to help you make better UEFA Champions League betting choices.

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BAYERN MUNICH VS BARCELONA UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING LINES

UEFA Champions League Betting: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Betting Preview

BAYERN MUNICH

CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayGoals ForGoals AgainstTotal GoalsxG ForxG AgainstTotal xGxG Difference
BundesligaSC FreiburgHome2133.51.14.6+2.4
BundesligaFC AugsburgAway1231.60.31.9+1.3
UEFA Champions LeagueDynamo KievAway2130.80.81.60.0
BundesligaArminia BielefeldHome1012.30.52.8+1.8
BundesligaBorussia DortmundAway3272.01.13.1+0.9
Total / Average9 / 1.86 / 1.215 / 310.2 / 2.043.8 / 0.7614 / 2.8+6.4 / +1.28

Stats taken from FBREF

UEFA Champions League Betting: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Betting Preview

Out: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Not Included), Joshua Kimmich (Not Included), Marcel Sabitzer (Calf), Bouna Sarr (Groin), Josip Stanišić (Thigh)
Doubtful: Michael Cuisance (Knock), Tanguy Nianzou (Shoulder), Sven Ulreich (Back)
Suspended: None
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

With top spot secured and nothing to play for, you would expect Nagelsmann to rest his players. Bayern has three games left in the Bundesliga before the three-week winter break and is out of the DFB-Pokal, so I think we will see a strong lineup.

Lucas Hernández came off at the weekend after appearing to twist his ankle and knee, blocking a shot in Der Klassiker. Niklas Süle replaced him and will take his place in the starting lineup. I think Dayot Upamecano will also be rested, and 19-year-old Tanguy Nianzou will be given a chance to impress.

Leon Goretzka managed 65 minutes at the weekend and won’t be risked with Marcel Sabitzer and Joshua Kimmich unavailable. Wonderkid Jamal Musiala will partner Corentin Tolisso in central midfield.

Robert Lewandowski is the competition’s joint-top goalscorer with nine goals alongside Ajax‘s Sébastian Haller. He will be trying his best to hit double figures and has Thomas Müller, Leroy Sané, and Serge Gnabry to help him.

BARCELONA

CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayGoals ForGoals AgainstTotal GoalsxG ForxG AgainstTotal xGxG Difference
LaLigaEspanyolHome1011.51.02.5+0.5
UEFA Champions LeagueBenficaHome0001.31.12.4+0.2
LaLigaVillarrealAway3143.11.44.5+1.7
LaLigaReal BetisHome011
Total / Average4 / 12 / 0.56 / 1.512.2 / 2.443.6 / 0.7215.8 / 3.16+8.6 / +1.72

*Only includes games Xavi has managed

Stats taken from FBREF

UEFA Champions League Betting: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Betting Preview

Out: Martin Braithwaite (Knee), Pedri (Thigh), Sergio Agüero (Heart Issue), Sergi Roberto (Thigh), Ansu Fati (Thigh)
Doubtful: None
Suspended: None
Coach: Xavi

Since taking over, Xavi has favored youth, but I think he needs experience for this game. It would be unfair to pit the teenagers against one of the best teams in Europe away from home in such a crucial match.

Ousmane Dembélé has featured from the bench in Barcelona’s last three games, and we could see him start here after Xavi declared him ready in his Real Betis pre-match press conference. He will join Memphis Depay and Phillippe Coutinho in the front three.

Gavi is in contention as well. The 17-year-old was stretchered off the pitch on Saturday with a suspected concussion. Tests were negative, and he trained with the squad Sunday morning. He could start in attack or midfield.

Sergiño Dest has struggled defensively, but I would start him at right-back. Bayern are likely to have Alphonso Davies and Sané down their left, and the USMNT star is one of the few players in Barcelona’s squad who can match them for speed.

BAYERN MUNICH VS BARCELONA UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING TIPS

Bayern took Barcelona apart in Matchday 01, beating them 3-0 at the Camp Nou. I mentioned above, Xavi has favored youth over Barca’s more established players, and if he does that here, this game will go a similar way.

The mentality at Bayern is to win every game at all costs no matter the circumstances, and the players will take this match very seriously despite having nothing to play for. In 2019/20, Lewandowski finished top goalscorer with 15, and he will be highly motivated to repeat that feat after being snubbed for the Ballon d’Or.

Back Die Roten to win comfortably.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING TIP: Bayern Munich -1.5 Goals +185 | Bayern Munich To Win and Over 2.5 Goals +110

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