Bayern, runaway winners of the Bundesliga in record time, two time losing finalists in the past three editions and on course for a historic treble and more impressively, thrashed ‘the’ Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate en-route to the final take on Dortmund, who had been unbeaten in the competition until the second leg of their semi-final against Real Madrid (a game they feel they should probably have drawn in the least considering the number of chances they did not convert) are in the final for the first time since 1997 when they won the competition.
If that is not tantalizing enough, Mario Gotze, Dortmund’s star player of the past three seasons will be on his way to Munich next season and reports suggest Robert Lewandowski may follow him as well.
The Munich defense is easily the top in the world right now. That is the kind of recognition a team earns when it shuts out Juventus and Barcelona in four straight matches. More important than the lack of goals allowed in those four games is how the feat was accomplished. Juventus had chances in the first leg, but the Munich defense improved as the series developed. When they took on Barcelona, the Munich defenders were a well-ironed machine that gave the Catalan club's top players no space. In the second leg, Barcelona never had a clear chance at goal.
The Borussia defenders are far more penetrable than Bayern's; surprisingly, Borussia looked like the more impressive defensive club heading into the knockout stages. Borussia escaped the dreaded "Group of Death" with only five goals against; three of those tallies were conceded in two games against Real Madrid. However in the knockout stage, the team conceded seven goals. Borussia's knack for conceding late goals is a reason for concern. The team conceded a 68th minute goal against Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg. Borussia also conceded in the 82nd minute against Malaga and gave up two goals against Real Madrid in the final ten minutes.
Bayern Münich: W/W/D/W/W/W
Borussia Dortmund: L/D/D/W/W/W
Bayern Munich: Neuer (GK); Lahm, Alaba, Badstuber, Boateng; Robben, Ribery, Martinez, Shaqiri, Kroos; Gomez, Müller, Mandzukic
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller (GK); Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Blaszczykowski, Sahin, Götze; Reus, Lewandowski
Bet365 make Bayern 4/5 favorites to win the match within normal time, with Dortmund offered at 10/3. The draw is priced at 11/4.
Bayern are 2/5 to win the game by any means, with Dortmund available at 2/1.
Titan Bet make Bayern strike pair Mario Gomez and Mario Mandzukic 4.5 joint favorites to score the first goal, ahead of Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski at 6.
Bwin price a 2-1 Bayern win at 8, while a 1-0 Dortmund victory can be backed at 14.
William Hill has Dortmund to win at 18/5. The draw is priced at 12/5 while Bayern to win at 4/5.
Germany (ZDF Zatoo, ZDF, ZDF Sport, TeleClub Sport, Sky Go, ZDF Sport Extra, 90elf); UK (Sky Sports 3D, BBC Radio 5 Live, ITV HD, ITV 1, UTV, Sky Sports 1/HD, Sky Go, Sky Sports 1 Ireland); USA (Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Deportes, FOX)
Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Kick-off: 11:45 am PST, 1:45 pm EST, 7:45 pm BST, 8:45 pm CEST
Bayern Münich 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
Game goes into a draw. Extra time. Mario Gomez scores and wins for Bayern Munich. (3-2)
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