|Bayern (-152) @ pinnacle|
10* Bayern Munich (3:00 ET): Despite a recent “downturn” in domestic form, there is no denying that Bayern Munich knows how to “turn it on” when it comes to European Football. The reigning champs of the continent are unbeaten in their last 17 Champions League fixtures and they easily won Group A this season by taking 16 out of a possible 18 points. After losing 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, Bayern’s Bundesliga lead has been trimmed down to just two points. I believe they’ll respond “in kind” here in the 1st leg of the Round of 16 against Serie A side Lazio.
Lazio looked good in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sampdoria, moving them up into a fourth place tie in Serie A. They probably should have won by more, however, let’s not be quick to forget the previous week’s result, that being a 3-1 loss to Inter. Despite LY’s top four finish in Serie A, I’m skeptical we’ll see Lazio back in the Champions League next season. They obviously weren’t nearly as dominant in the Group stage as was Bayern Munich. It was second place in a fairly weak Group F that was topped by another Bundesliga side, Dortmund.
So Bayern is actually on a two-match winless run with the loss to Frankfurt and a 3-3 draw against Arminia Bielefeld (where they fell behind 3-0). Two matches without a win is usually no big deal, but it’s a little stunning when you’re THIS side. My view is that they are going to come out firing Tuesday. Fixing a leaky defense is easier said than done, but if Bayern plays the way it did in the 2nd half vs. Frankfurt, then they’re going to win here. Lazio can’t match Bayern’s goal-scoring capability (who can?). 10* Bayern Munich