Re: Champions League Dec 6/7th
Bayern Munich + Juventus @ 2.60
With both teams already qualified people may wonder why bet on these two? Well, despite yesterday's results (mainly Chelsea finishing second) both sides still would like to finish first to hopefully enable an easier draw and more importantly the second leg at home.
Club Brugges v Bayern Munich(1.60): Bayern are in the box seat for group winner as they have a +1 better goal difference than Juventus. Coach Magath said that the aim is to win at least 2-0 and this is very possible. Rumours are the Brugges coach will rest several players to concentrate on upcoming league matches. I don't believe that and do expect to see a motivated Belgian side. But after Anderlecht's surprise win yesterday are we likely to see another result here? No, because if Bayern are motivated to achieve the 1st spot which it looks then the class difference should be too much, with Ballack, Makaay and Pizzaro and their massive danger and efficiency from set-pieces.
FC Bayern(Probable from Kicker): Kahn – Lahm, Ismael, Demichelis, Lizarazu – Deisler, Hargreaves, Ballack, Schweinsteiger – Makaay, Pizarro
Rapid Wien v Juventus(1.53): Which leads on to Juve. There is a school of thought that Juventus will settle for 2nd place now to avoid Mourinho's Chelsea. But I don't particularly believe that as Juventus will want to carry on the winning feeling even though chasing a goals total is not in their interest. The line-up is strong and Rapid are one of the worst sides in the competition so shouldn't pose too much threat. Wouldn't be surprised with another 2-0 victory here.
Juventus(Probable from Gazetta): Abbiati; Balzaretti, Thuram, Kovac, Chiellini; Camoranesi, Vieira, Blasi, Mutu; Zalayeta, Del Piero