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Bayern Munich v Basel: Germans to overcome first leg deficit

| 13.03.2012

Bayern Munich will not be bothered by entering this second leg on the wrong end of a 1-0 deficit, as they aim to justify their tag as hot favourites to progress in the Champions League by beating Basel at 2/9.

Their Swiss visitors should be greatly respected however, having progressed from a group featuring Benfica and Manchester United, while also impressively claiming that single goal victory over Bayern a fortnight ago, and they are a big 12/1 to score another win here.

It is 5/1 about the draw that would see Basel through, but it is difficult to envisage Bayern failing to secure progression in front of a boisterous Allianz Arena crowd.

Indeed, the Bavarian outfit have won 11 of their past 12 European games at home, including a 3-0 triumph over Basel in the group stage of last year’s competition.

That same emphatic scoreline looks a possibility in this match, and the outcome can be backed at 6/1.

Also, with the Bundesliga leaders expected to exert their authority on the second leg from the off, some punters could be tempted by the 1/2 odds available for Bayern to be ahead at both half-time and full-time.

More cautious punters could look to the 2/5 odds for the Germans to score in each half, while the 11/8 odds for Bayern to complete victory giving up a two-goal head start to their visitors may also be worth investing in.

Louis Van Gaal’s men struck three goals in each of their home matches in this year’s Champions League group stage, winning all of them, and so the 4/7 for Bayern to win with three or more goals scored in the match is an appealing bet.

Mario Gomez will pose an obvious threat, and even as short as 2/1 for the first goal, he looks a good bet considering that he’s notched six goals in as many European appearances this term.



John Klee