Bayern Munich hold the significant advantage of playing the match in their home stadium
The Champions League Final takes place this Saturday evening at the Allianz Stadium in Munich between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in front of a 70,000 sell out crowd. The match will also be broadcast live in over 70 countries in 40 different languages to an estimated worldwide audience of over 110 million people.
Bayern Munich hold the significant advantage of playing the match in their home stadium, the first time this has happened in the Champions League era and the first time in the European Cup since 1984 when FC Roma hosted the final against Liverpool.
Both Bayern Munich and Chelsea arrived at the final after unexpected semi-final wins, Bayern beating Real Madrid and Chelsea seeing off reigning champions, Barcelona. Those matches however caused casualties for both teams, with Bayern losing midfielder, Luiz Gustavo, left back, David Alaba and key central defender, Holger Badstuber, to suspension. Whilst Chelsea lost four players, defender, Branislav Ivanovic, midfielders, Raul Meireles and Ramirez and also skipper, John Terry, who was sent off at the Nou Camp.
This will be the ninth time Bayern Munich has reached the Champions League final. They have won the Trophy four times, the latest being in 2001 when they beat Valencia on penalties. Their latest visit to the final came just two years ago where they were beaten by Inter Milan. Chelsea on the other hand are far less experienced at this level, with just one final appearance in which they lost in a penalty shoot-out against Manchester United in 2008.
It has been well documented that Chelsea head to Munich on the back of an indifferent season which saw them lose their manager, Andre Villas-Boas, in March but which turned out to be an inspired decision which has since seen the Blues transformed under interim boss and former player, Roberto Di Matteo, winning the FA Cup for a fourth time in six years and overcoming the odds to reach the Champions League final. However, after only managing to finish sixth in the Premier League, victory in Saturday's game is the only way Chelsea have of playing in the competition next season!
The Germans have been installed as the 4/9 favourites to lift the trophy on Saturday with Chelsea rated a 15/8 chance. To win in 90 minutes Bayern Munich can be backed at 5/6 whilst Chelsea remain the outsiders at 7/2 with the draw priced at 11/4.
Bayern's Mario Gomez has scored 12 goals in this season competition and is the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring and the German International would have to score a hat-trick if he is to overtake Lionel Messi, who has 14 goals, and win the Golden Boot. Chelsea's main goalscoring threat comes in the form of Didier Drogba who scored the winner against Barcelona in the first leg of the Semi Final as well as the deciding goal in the FA Cup final and he can be backed at 10/1 to score the first goal at the Allianz Arena or 11/4 to score at anytime.
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