German side Bayern Munich hosts Basel of Switzerland at the Allianz Arena in Munich on March 13th in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie. Basel may have shocked the Germans by winning the first leg 1-0 at home, but know they’ll be in for a tough game against a hot Munich team who beat Hoffenheim 7-1 in a Bundesliga game on Saturday.
Basel has had a great run in the Champions League so far this year and have already proved to be giant killers by knocking Manchester United out of the tournament during the group stage. However, a 1-0 lead is the slimmest of margins and the Swiss Super League leaders aren’t going to be able to go to Munich and try to hold on to the lead. They managed to beat Grasshoppers Zurich 2-0 on the weekend, but Bayern is going to be a different kettle of fish.
Basel will be confident heading into the match due to their win in the first leg and manager Heiko Vogel hopes his players can keep the momentum going. He said his team is relaxed and all of the pressure will be on the home side in this game, especially since they’re huge favourites to advance to the quarterfinal stage. Vogel took over Basle in October from Thorsten Fink and the team was won 14 matches out of 19 since then.
Bayern Munich is the only German side left in the Champions League this season and are anxious to make it to the final since it will be hosted in Munich this May. Bayern know it’s not going to be a cakewalk though to beat Basle and are prepared to work hard for 90 minutes or perhaps even longer if necessary.
Manager Jupp Heynckes is hoping that Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez will both be able to play the game after they hobbled off the pitch during Saturday’s match. There’s also a question mark over the fitness of Jerome Boateng. Basel are hoping that Park Joo Ho will be able to play after missing out on the weekend because of an injured calf.
Bayern has won 11 out of their last 12 home games in the Champions League and Basel hasn’t lost a road game in the event so far this season. They drew with Benfica and Manchester United while beating earning a win over Otelul Galati. Basel has advanced three times out of four in European competitions after winning their home legs 1-0.
Predictions and Odds
This is going to be a tough task for the Swiss side. They’re going to have to score a goal or two themselves because it’s going to be hard to keep the Germans off the scoreboard. Extra time and penalties is a possibility, but at the end of the day look for Bayern to go through with a win.
Bookmaker William Hill has the latest odds of a Bayern victory listed at 1/5 with a Basel win at 14/1 and a 90-minute draw at 5/1.