Who: FC Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund
What: UEFA Champions League final
Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK
When: Saturday, May, 25, 2013
Weather: The Weather Channel forecast
Time: 20:45 GMT/2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT
TV: FOX, FOX Deportes, Fox Soccer 2Go (US), ITV 1, Sky Sports 3D, Sky Sports 1 Ireland, Sky Go, UTV, Sky Sports 1/HD, ITV HD (UK)
Worldwide Live Streams and TV Channels: LiveSoccerTV.com
Radio: SiriusXM SIRI 94 (Internet channel 94), BBC Radio 5
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Champions League Website: link
3-Way Odds: Bayern Munich -140, Borussia Dortmund +370, Draw +290
Total: Over 2 1/2 -145, Under 2 1/2 +115
Decimal Odds: Bayern Munich 1.71, Borussia Dortmund 4.70, Draw 3.90
Decimal Total: Over 2 1/2 1.69, Under 2 1/2 2.15
Fractional Odds: Bayern Munich 5/7, Borussia Dortmund 37/10, Draw 29/10
Fractional Total: Over 2 1/2 20/29, Under 2 1/2 23/20
Odds To Win Outright: Bayern Munich Pick -225, Borussia Dortmund Pick +180
Bayern Munich Pick -330, Borussia Dortmund Pick +235
Bayern Munich -1/2 -140, Borussia Dortmund +1/2 +115
Bayern Munich Pick -1 +125, Borussia Dortmund +1 -155
Bayern Munich -1 1/2 +240, Borussia Dortmund +1 1/2 -335
Over 3 +115, Under 3 -150
Over 3 1/2 +180, Under 3 1/2 -240
Over 4 1/2 +400, Under 4 1/2 -650
Bayern Munich -180, Borussia Dortmund +140
Over 1 -130, Under 1 Even
Source: Bovada (Kahnawake, Canada)
So, are you ready for some fußball?
This year's UEFA Champions League final from Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday features two Bundesliga clubs who truly deserve to be here: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund; the match promises to be a thriller.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich (29-4-1, 98 goals for, 18 goals against) cruised to the league title in Germany this season and set records for both wins (29) and points (91) along the way—they have to be considered the top club in the world at this particular point in time.
But can Bayern's fierce rival, Borussia Dortmund (19-9-6, 81 goals for, 42 goals against)—who finished second to Bayern (25 points back) after winning the Bundesliga the two previous seasons—find a way to win in England this weekend?
Of course they can, Franz, but it definitely won't come easy.
Both rosters here are absolutely loaded, but Bayern get the edge here with Mario Mandzukic (15 goals in Bundesliga), Thomas Muller (13), Mario Gomez (11), Franck Ribery (10), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Javi Martinez, Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben, among others, giving manager Jupp Heynckes a number of options to work with.
In net, Bayern's Manuel Neuer is a world-class goalkeeper and was obviously a huge reason the club boasted a gaudy plus-80 goal differential in the Bundesliga. And yes, brother, you read that right: plus-80.
But Dortmund and manager Jurgen Klopp didn't get to this point because BVB have some of the best fans in the world. Just ask Malaga, Manchester City or Real Madrid, the latter two who also started out the group stage of this tournament with Dortmund in the notoriously named "Group of Death."
In short, this team can really play.
With a roster of skilled players averaging just 23 years of age, Die Borussen have virtually cruised through the toughest of tough tournaments and certainly deserve this shining moment in the yellow-and-black spotlight.
For Dortmund, striker extraordinaire Robert Lewandowski (24 goals) is the straw that stirs BVB's drink, but with rumors he may join teammate Mario Götze (10) in a summer move to rival Bayern, according to the Mirror, who knows exactly how focused this possibly soon-to-be-dismantled club will be on Saturday in the English capital.
Besides Lewandowski and playmaker Götze, Dortmund also has its own talented cast, with Marco Reus (13 goals), Jakub Blaszczykowski (11), Ilkay Gundogan, Sven Bender, Marcel Schmelzer, Lukasz Piszczek, Neven Subotic, Mats Hummels and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller comprising a tight-fit unit that has proved it can beat anyone, anywhere at any time.
These two clubs have met three times this year, with Bayern edging Dortmund 2-1 in the DFB-Supercup on Aug. 12 and the two sides drawing 1-1 in Bundesliga action on Dec. 1 (in Munich) and May 4 (in Dortmund).
The last meeting between these two powerhouses could be deemed a pretty meaningless game with Bayern having already locked up the league title and both sides knowing they would be facing each other in Europe's biggest football game of the year and not wanting to reveal too much nor risk any serious injuries.
Although the two teams combined for only seven goals in those three aforementioned meetings, this one could evolve into a shootout with so many talented scorers on the pitch, and backing the over 2 1/2 (-145) total seems like a wise thing to do. But if you are interested, it's best to do it now as this line will only rise, and it wouldn't be surprising to see 2 1/2 become 3 by kickoff.
And with Mandzukic and Lewandowski likely notching a score for each of their teams, expecting one or more of the other marksmen on the field to score at least another goal is certainly no stretch of the imagination.
As far as choosing a side here, this one is crystal clear to me from where I'm sitting.
Bayern have a deeper roster, can get goals from any one of its players, have a stronger defense and the motivational factor in the form of a chip on its shoulder the size of Neptune after losing to Chelsea in its own Allianz Arena last May 19 in a dramatic penalty-kick shootout after the Blues' Didier Drogba tied the match at 1-1 with a late epic header.
And that's the kind of nasty memory that fuels the fire to forge a future champion.
Who are you pulling for in the UEFA Champions League final Saturday?
Dortmund will do its best to hang with Munich here and should keep it close for at least the first half but, in the end, expect Der FCB to exorcise the demons of last May in this one in the second half and at the same time send a message to the world that they are now the best football club on the planet who play in what should be recognized by most as the best league.
So grab yourself a six-pack of St. Pauli Girl beer, some bratwurst for the grill and go buy yourself one of those funky German hats if so inclined and get ready for what promises to be an exciting game.
It may only be May and not even close to Oktoberfest yet, but this Socctoberfest seems like a good way to prime yourself for summer and possibly make a little money on the side as Europe's soccer season slowly comes to an end.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 3 Borussia Dortmund 2
Bets: Bayern Munich -140, Bayern Munich -240 (To win outright), Bayern Munich pick -330, Over 2½ -125 (best bet), Both teams to score -150, Over 3½ +180, Exact score proposition: Bayern Munich 3 Borussia Dortmund 2, 20/1.
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