betting analyst Frank Doyle makes his picks for the biggest club soccer game of
the year, the Champions League final between Bayern Munich of Germany and
Chelsea of England!
world expected a Spanish Final. El Classico, the bi-annual battle between Real
Madrid and Barcelona, has grown bigger than Spain and is now a contest watched
everywhere soccer is played. All the money was on the Spanish titans meeting
again in the Champions League Final.
that’s not how it worked out. Barcelona’s little maestros were outdone by
Chelsea playing a very English brand of direct football in one semi-final while
once Real’s game against Bayern went to penalties, there was only ever going to
be one winner.
is -133 favorite with Sports Interaction to win its fifth European Cup title. The
reasons are many. Bayern has home advantage, as the 2012 Champions League Final
was long ago scheduled for the magnificent Allianz Arena. Bayern is the most
consistently successful club side in Germany, so much so that club is nicknamed
FC Hollywood, after the galaxy of stars that habitually wear the Bayern colors.
are coached by Jupp Heynckes, who managed Real Madrid when they won the
Champions League in 1998 – if Bayern win on Saturday, Heynckes will become only
the fourth manager to win the greatest price in European soccer with two
different clubs. Bayern has a high-octane midfield powered by Franck Ribéry and
Bastien Schweinsteiger, with Mario Gomes upfront to crack home the goals.
contrast, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo isn’t even sure he’ll still have a
job in September. Di Matteo took over from Andres Villas Boas two months ago
and, while he’s done a better job than anyone could have expected, he doesn’t
match Heynckes for experience.
Chelsea team are suffering from suspension, with the absence of former England
captain John Terry being potentially the most costly. Chelsea also look thin in
midfield compared to Bayern’s thoroughbreds, and this may cause Di Matteo to
risk all on a hazard up front.
Torres’ transfer to Chelsea has worked as well as Albert Pujols’ move to
Anaheim, but Torres could be the X-Factor for Chelsea on Saturday. Di Matteo
has never started Torres and Didier Drogba together, but he may do so against
goal drought crippled his confidence, but he followed his game winner against
Barcelona with a Premiership hat-trick against QPR the following weekend.
Bayern will have planned for Drogba, but Torres could give Chelsea something
Bayern aren’t expecting, and finally make the Blues’ dreams come true.