On Tuesday, Bayern Munich and Barcelona will meet in the Champions League in their second matches of the season. As -115 favorites, the Bavarians take on the Catalan giants at the Allianz Stadium as +240 underdogs.
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Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona prediction
Due to Bayern’s dominance of this matchup in recent years, including an 8-2 rout in 2020, this number might be inflated.
However, this is a different Barcelona team. With club legend Xavi at the helm, Barcelona has trended upward after a couple of turbulent seasons. This season, Barcelona has the second-best expected goal differential per 90 minutes in all of Europe’s top-five leagues, at +1.99. Bayern isn’t far behind at +1.79, but it does show that the gap between these two sides is narrowing.
Barcelona could have some advantages stylistically, as its defense has allowed just one goal and 3.5 expected goals in five La Liga matches this season. The challenge of shutting down Bayern Munich is very different from facing mid-table sides in Spain, but this Barca team should be able to handle it.