The first European Cup or Champions League final to be contested by two teams from Germany will take place at Wembley later this month. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund came through their ties against opposition from Spain but in contrasting circumstances. In any case Bet Enthusiast followers are now in a great trading position and are guaranteed to make a healthy profit on this match.
We advised backing Bayern Munich to win the Champions League when they were priced at 4/1 (5.0) and suggested a 5 points bet. That means we win 20 points if Bayern lift the trophy but we advise having a counter bet on Dortmund to give us a profit whichever side wins the Champions League.
On the basis of their performances in the second leg of the semi-finals against Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively Dortmund will require a huge effort and perfect performance to beat Bayern in the final in London on May 25th.
Bayern beat Barcelona by seven goals over the two legs and are worthy favourites to win the match at Wembley. Leading 4-0 from the first match in Germany they never looked under any pressure at the Nou Camp. Arjen Robben scored a typical goal to break the deadlock in Spain and two further goals were added.
On the previous night Dortmund did just enough to protect a three goal lead over Real Madrid. I disagree with Roy Keane who said Madrid needed to take one of their early chances. If they had scored the first goal ten minutes earlier the support from the crowd and the momentum of the match could have seen them score the goals to win the tie.
Dortmund looked anxious and nervous towards the end of the match and were fortunate not to be punished by a late appeal for a penalty, refused by the referee from England, Howard Webb. Cristiano Ronaldo had a rare poor match but his colleagues did everything but turn the tie around.
In the context of the final it is difficult to see beyond Bayern Munich. However, Bet Enthusiast followers should back Dortmund as a hedge and insurance against a surprise result. Munich were clear favourites to beat Chelsea in last year’s Champions League final played at their own ground but faltered and lost the match after extra time and penalties.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Dortmund will win this season’s Champions League. However, Munich have been much the better side in Germany this season and they look worthy favourites to win the upcoming fixture at Wembley. It must be frightening for their opponents that they could have two of Dortmund’s best players representing them next season.
A European side has never won the World Cup in South America. However, if any country from this hemisphere is to win the competition in the south it will be Germany next summer. The nucleus of their side is made up of players from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. The challenge for the national coach is to mould these individuals into an efficient side but if that is achieved Germany look a good betting proposition for the world championships in Brazil in 2014.
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