Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Weds 28th September by @tashason21

Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich – Vicente Calderón at 19:45 live on BT Sport Extra 3

After losing both my Asian Handicap picks in the last minute of 2 separate games last weekend, I am hoping to get back to winning ways on Wednesday as Atletico take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

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Atletico Madrid

Bayern Munich will have their work cut out at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico are a tough side to beat. The Germans suffered a 1-0 defeat on Spanish soil last year in this competition and Atleti will be looking to continue their outstanding home record.

Atleti haven’t been beaten at home in the Champions League for almost a year and have kept 5 consecutive Champions League clean sheets in the process. At the Vicente Calderon, Atletico are a formidable side and they’ve kept 19 clean sheets in their last 24 home games across all competitions.

Diego Simeone’s side started off their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win away to PSV Eindhoven, although they weren’t at their best.

Atleti are currently 3rd in La Liga, just 2 points off league leaders Real Madrid and are yet to suffer a domestic defeat this campaign.

Antoine Griezmann provides the biggest threat upfront and has started off the season well, scoring 5 goals in 5 league games.

 

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Antoine Griezmann

Bayern Munich

The German champions have also started off the season on flying form!

Sitting 3 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, Bayern have won every league match, whilst scoring 15 goals in the process. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have also only conceded 1 league goal (vs. Ingolstadt) and so defensively, the Germans remain solid.

In their first Champions League group game Bayern Munich thrashed Rostov 5-0, with Lewandowski, Kimmich (x2), Muller and Bernat all featuring on the score-sheet.

Last weekend Bayern secured a late 1-0 win away to Hamburg, courtesy of an 88th minute goal scored by Josh  Kimmich. Kimmich has already scored 5 goals across all competitions so far this season and the 21 year-old is proving to be an important player amongst this talented German squad.

Mats Hummels limped off the field at Hamburg after picking up a knee injury, although it turns out that it’s not as bad as it first appeared and he could even make the starting 11 to face Atletico.

Robert Lewandowski remains Bayern Munich’s biggest threat, although they are more than capable of finding the net from all across the pitch.

 

Conclusion

I am expecting Atletico to set up rather defensively against Bayern, just as they did in the same Champions League fixture last campaign. On that occasion it paid off, as Atleti secured a 1-0 win, with Saul Niguez scoring a nice individual goal. Both sides look defensively sound at present and so this is certainly going to be a close one to call! A draw looks like it could be on the cards, but in the current goal scoring form Bayern are in, I think Ancelotti’s side could get the win and therefore I recommend backing Bayern draw no bet.

 

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Bayern Munich +/-0 (Draw No Bet) at 1.81 with Pinnacle 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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UEFA Champions League Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sat 28th May by @tashason21

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid – San Siro at 19:45 live on BT Sport Europe

On Saturday evening, Real Madrid take on Atletico in a tie which caps off an incredible season of European football.

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This year’s Champions League final is an all Spanish clash, as it was in the 2013/14 season when these 2 sides last battled it out for European glory. On that occasion Atletico were very unlucky not to come away with the trophy as Sergio Ramos forced extra time with a 93rd-minute header. Atleti then went on to lose the match 4-1, with Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo netting the other goals in extra time.

Diego Simeone’s side will therefore be looking for revenge this time round, although they face a tough ask against a Real Madrid side have been prolific in Europe this campaign, having only lost 1 match (against Wolfsburg) and scoring an incredible  27 goals, whilst only conceding 5!

If anyone can stop one of the most lethal attacks in Europe however, it’s going to be Atletico who boast a great defensive record this season under Simeone. In fact, Atleti have become renowned for their defensive stability and their centre-back pairing of Diego Godin and José María Giminez has really thrived this campaign.

 

Diego Godin

Diego Godin

Despite this, Cristiano Ronaldo will no doubt cause the Atletico defence some problems, as the Portuguese international is this season’s top scorer in the Champions League, as well as now being the all-time top goal scorer in Champions League history! However, there was cause for concern mid-week as he seemed to pick up a knock in training, so it will be interesting to see how this affects his performance. Gareth Bale has also proved a huge threat in-front of goal this season and has scored 21 goals across all competitions.

Although Atletico’s defensive stability is a big part of their success this season, Simeone’s men have also proved that they can be dangerous in-front of goal and 9 of Antoine Griezmann’s 33 goals this season have come in the Champions League. Griezmann also got the winner at the Bernabéu in February, when Real Madrid and Atleti last met in La Liga (1-0). In the reverse fixture, the game ended in a 1-1 draw with Benzema and Vietto getting the goals.

Atletico will feel that they have got what it takes to beat their Spanish rivals and I think that this could be their year, although they are very much the underdogs against Zidane’s experienced side. They’ve beaten both Barcelona and Bayern Munich to reach the final of the competition and therefore they will feel like they can beat anybody. I am expecting a game of fine margins and don’t necessarily expect Atleti to get the job done within 90 minutes, although I think that they will end up lifting the Champions League trophy and therefore I recommend backing  Atletico +0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market. If the game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, we get our profit halved and if Atleti do manage to secure victory in normal time, a full profit will be returned.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Atletico Madrid +0.25 @ 1.80 with Bet365 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

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Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Wed 27th Apr by @tashason21

Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich – Vicente Calderón Stadium at 19:45 live on BT Sport Europe

On Wednesday evening, the 1st leg of this Champions League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich takes place. Atleti have the best defensive record in the competition, whilst the German outfit are the strongest attacking side and therefore it will be interesting to see the outcome of this intriguing tie.

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Bayern Munich have scored 28 goals in the competition to date, more than any other semi-finalist, although they face an Atletico side which have kept 13 clean sheets in their last 15 home Champions League games.

Robert Lewandowski has scored 44 goals across all competitions for Bayern this campaign, 8 of which have come in the Champions League, whilst his strike partner Thomas Muller has scored 15 goals in his last 17 Champions League starts! Pep Guardiola’s side have a vast array of talent across all areas of the field, which is why they are one of the most dangerous attacking sides in Eurorpe.

 

Robert Lewandowski & Thomas Muller

Robert Lewandowski & Thomas Muller

Vidal and Douglas Costa got on the scoresheet last weekend in Bayern’s 2-0 away victory over Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga, yet the German side still need 1 more win to assure their 4th successive domestic title, with Borussia Dortmund sitting 7 points behind in 2nd.

Atletico were also winners on the weekend, beating Malaga 1-0 and are joint on points with Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table and are also in with a great chance of winning the title.

The Spanish side however are expected to be without Diego Godin for this clash, who is suffering from a hamstring injury and his absence could prove costly as he’s been an integral part to Atletico’s impressive defence.

Diego Simeone’s side defeated defending champions Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate to reach the last 4 and they will be boosted by the return of Fernando Torres on Wednesday, who missed the 2nd leg against the Spanish Champions through suspension. Torres has found the net 5 times in his last 6 appearances across all competitions and Bayern’s defence will have to keep close tabs on the Spaniard.

The German side’s back-line has looked a little shaky of late however, as they surrendered a 2-0 lead in their 1st leg tie at Juventus, before needing to recover the same deficit in the return leg of their final group fixture. Moreover, Pep’s team only edged past Benfica 3-2 on aggregate and looked far from their best in the previous round.

Bayern Munich have been struggling on their travels of late, especially in Europe, whilst Atletico have been ruthless at home across all competitions and therefore I recommend backing Atletico -0.5 on the Asian Handicap betting market, which looks a very tasty price.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Atletico Madrid -0.5 @ 3.00 with Unibet 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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