Soccer Picks & Tips: Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich

Mike Richardson

Monday, April 29, 2013 7:36 PM GMT

Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 7:36 PM GMT

Their champions league semi-final second leg is set for this week and although the first length makes the finalist almost a foregone conclusion there is still plenty of excitement and chances to win money when Barcelona take on Bayern Munich.

Nobody was more surprised than me by the fact that Barcelona lost 4-0 last week, except possibly my wife. This means that Bayern Munich very much have one foot already in the Champions League  final. However, if any team van turn around a four goal deficit it’s Barcelona and if there's any ground they can do that can be their home ground and therefore there’s everything to watch and everything to get excited about.

It may sound like sacrilege but now Barcelona have only won two of their last five games while Bayern Munich just keep winning and winning winning and winning again. They're looking at five straight victories from their last five games.

Enough with the German-Love…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?

Also check out our Soccer Picks for the Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund.

It will come as no surprise that the German giants are 4/6 to win the Champions League while Barcelona are 40/1.

It's also interesting to know that you can pick up odds of it being an all-German final at 3/13 but that’s hardly worth betting on it, but you can even bet on an all-Spanish final at 61/1 . Those soccer odds are quite a high for a reason.

The fact that Bayern Munich can lose this game by three clear goals suggests to me that they will play a very laid-back game and rely on catching Barcelona on the break and get that all-important away goal. Those of you who aren't particularly good at maths should know that if Bayern Munich score just once on Wednesday night, Barcelona will need to score not five but six goals to make it through (at the very least).

What does history tell us?

You might like to know that the last time Barcelona took on Bayern Munich at camp Nou they beat them  4-0. That was back in April 2009. However Bayern Munich very much a different side of what they were four years ago and I don't think Barcelona can expect a repeat performance.

When it comes to placing your soccer picks, back a Barcelona victory at 13/14, back Barcelona winning both halves at 7/4, but back Bayern Munich going through to the final at 1/25. If you want to be a little wild and a little bit crazy for not back a 4-0 score to Barcelona, which would see extra time and possibilities and if you're creating to sort of thing won't go little bit further back Barcelona to make the final at 21/1 however don't come crying to me you don't have enough money to start next month.

Because I Love football I'm backing plenty of goals.

Prediction: Barcelona win but Bayern Munich progress with a 3-1 score available at 14/1 with William Hill.

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