Without a doubt this is the most interesting match on the night. A Champions League semi-final between Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyonnais. These two teams have been among the best in Europe so far this season thus it promises to be a great match to watch. Finally, after so many years of consecutive success in their domestic league, Lyon have managed to leave their mark on Europe as they are in the semis of the CL for the first time in their club history.
A lot of people favor Bayern Munich but they are mainly influenced by their impressive form as of late as the Bavarians completely smacked up Hannover 96 on Saturday 7-0 and managed to eliminate Manchester United at Old Trafford. But teams that score so much goals in just a single game usually fire blanks in the next.
The French side though is an extremely dangerous opponent that has shaped up as the Dark Horse in the competition that no one ever considered them as potential outright winners but are now with absolutely realistic chances of pulling up a surprise in Europe’s premier competition. There are no concidences about Lyon as they two of the most successful clubs in the history of the Champions League – Liverpool and Real Madrid. Even Jose Mourinho is tipping them as potential finalists and if you follow closely the world of football, you know that Jose doesn’t speak empty words: “It’s the first semi-final for Lyon but they have reached the quarter-finals three or four times. They have eliminated Real Madrid and another team from France, which is never easy against a team from the same championship.”
Here is what Lyon coach Claude Puel had to say for UEFA.com: “Why should the semi-final be the end for us? We are expecting two games against strong opponents and we have to try our very best. Everything is possible now, not only for Bayern but also for us.”
Lisandro Lopez is doubtful for Lyon tonight as the got hit in the ankle during the derby against Bordo over the weekend which ended 2-2. Claude Puel even went on to say it was cruel act of aggression towards his star forward intended as a revenge for their elimination from the CL. But even if he doesn’t play, Lyon still have plenty of good players like Gouvu, Cris, Anthony Réveillère, Toulalan and Kim Källström, Makoun, Miralem Pjanić. On top of that, Lyon has Europe’s most in-form goalkeeper right now as Lloris is playing exceptionally between the sticks.
BetOnWins Prediction: Our list of free football picks has been nothing short of sensational so far with so many matches predicted correctly. Now we give you another top football pick by recommending you to bet on DRAW for this game. Bet365 is giving the highest odds for this bet at 3.75. There is also a lot of value on betting Bayern Munich/Draw and Lyon/Draw as 1st Half/Final Time bets. Lyon has been a regular in this competition and we believe it’s finally time for them to shine.