Marseille v Bayern Munich Champions League Betting Odds & Preview – 28.03.12

Home advantage crucial for French challenge

Velodrome (Marseille)

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Marseille v Bayern Munich Champions League Betting Odds
Marseille to win: 19/5 at William Hill
Draw: 13/5 at Bwin
Bayern Munich to win: 5/6 at Bet365

Marseille are actually back in the quarter finals of the Champions League for the first time since they won the tournament back in 1993. Marseille have never met Bayern Munich before and a tough task awaits the French outfit, so they need to take full advantage of home advantage here. Marseille’s form has not been great at home this season, losing two in their group stage. You extend that back and Marseille’s form at the Stade Velodrome reads nine losses in their last 18 matches there in Europe. However, they did turn their form around a little bit with a 1-0 win over the disjointed Inter Milan in the round of the last sixteen , to set up their clash with Bayern Munich. The French side will be underdogs in the tie, simply because of the power that the Germans have displayed. However, we can turn out Marseille v Bayern Munich betting attention to their stats against German opposition, and Marseille have prevailed in their last two knock-out trials against German sides. Their overall record against German opposition stands at a healthy W7 D0 L3. So you expect a battling performance from Marseille, who generally look to keep things tight and organised, and they are powerful side physically.

But will that be enough to stop the creativity of Bayern Munich? Bayern have a decent if not spectacular away record in the Champions League, winning six of the last ten. They lost the opening leg of the last sixteen away in Switzerland against FC Basel. They went down 1-0 then, but then firmly made amends with a formidable 7-0 win back in Munich in the second leg. Bayern have looked powerful this season, even though their stars like Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery haven’t been at their best. Bayern Munich’s away record against French sides in Europe stands at W4 D3 L6 so they have not done that well in France. In this year’s Champions League, there was an away defeat at Manchester City, a draw in Napoli and a win against Villarreal in the group stage, before that loss in Switzerland. So there is some margin here for Marseille to at least grab a draw or something out of this. The French side need something to take to Germany with them, because that is where Bayern will be at their best. So a tight encounter is expected in Marseille on Wednesday night, but the overall consensus is that the Germans will get through the tie.