Bayern Munich vs Marseille Preview April 3rd

by Punter's Hero on April 3, 2012

in Football, Latest News

It looks to most football fans that Olympique Marseille will be playing their last European Champions League game this season when they travel to Germany to take on Bayern Munich on at Allianz Arena on Apr. 3. For all intents and purposes this quarterfinal tie looks to be over with Munich coming away with a 2-0 win in the first leg in France last week. However, this is football and as we should all know by now that anything can happen.

Marseille started well enough at home in the first tie and it looked like they had a chance to earn a win or draw against the high-scoring German club. However, as soon as Mario Gomez fired in the opening goal it looked like Marseille more or less gave up on the night. Of course, for them to earn a draw and take this contest to extra time they’re going to have to come up with at least a 2-0 win in Munich.

The worst thing Munich can do is take the foot of the gas pedal and try to coast to a victory. They need to go out with the goal of winning the game. They also have to be careful about the yellow card situation since Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng, and Luiz Gustavo will all be banned for the first leg of the semi finals if they happen to receive a yellow card in this game. That would definitely hurt their chances of reaching the Champions League Final at home in May since it looks like they’ll be facing Spanish league leaders Real Madrid in the next round.

Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes said he isn’t going to take any chances against Marseille though and intends to field his strongest team. They managed to beat Nurnberg in Germany’s Bavarian derby on the weekend and their confidence should be sky high for this game. Marseille had a bit of a rest on the weekend since their league game against Montpellier was postponed until a later date.

Heynckes said if any of his yellow-card players are needed they will be playing in the game as they all know how important it is and how they need to behave on the pitch. He admitted that his side has a psychological edge going into the game, but Marseille has proved how tough they can be by coming from behind on the road to beat Dortmund 3-2 earlier in the Champions League season.

Bayern striker Gomez is obviously the most dangerous man on the club right now with 11 Champions League goals to his credit so far this season, one behind Lionel Messi of Barcelona. They will have to play without Bastian Schweinsteiger though as he’s suspended for one game. Also, Daniel Van Buyten may miss out as he’s still injured.

Marseille should have Steve Mandanda back in goal after he missed the first game with a suspension, but midfielder Alou Diarra will have to miss the match due to his own suspension. Souleymane Diawara will likely miss the game due to an injury, but Andre Ayew may be able to play with his injured shoulder.

Predictions and Odds

It could be a decent game if Marseille happens to score first, but look for Bayern to win both this game and the tie pretty handily.

The latest odds by online bookmaker William Hill show a Bayern Munich win at 2/7 with a Marseille victory at 11/1 and a 90-minute draw at 4/1. Click the banner at the top to get free bets for this and other matches.

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