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Last week, we did indeed witness something very special at the Allianz Arena. While Barcelona will undoubtedly still challenge at the top of Europe's elite for the unforseeable future, for this mini-era, it seems it is now the time of the German giants Bayern Munich. The Bavarians were relentless against Barcelona, pressing high and running endlessly in their pursuit of an emphatic win. 4-0 was a heavy defeat, and not many people are predicting a Catalonian fightback in Wednesday's fixture.

Bayern obviously go into this match as favourites to qualify, and to win the whole competition; spurred on by last year's cruel defeat at the hands of Chelsea, the German side are 4/6 with many bookmakers to win the trophy, including Bet365. Barcelona meanwhile, have dropped to what two weeks ago would have been an almost-unthinkable 33/1 to win the entire competition, with Betfred. While they may not have the ability to turn this defecit around, could we be in for a blue and red win at the Nou Camp?

Barça should restore some pride in home fixture

As good as Bayern were last Tuesday night, it is hard to see a scenario where Barcelona will not want revenge for their humilation in Germany. The Spanish team are favourites, as we would expect, at 10/11 with Paddy Power. If you fancy Bayern to pull yet another upset out of the hat, they are at 31/10 with BetVictor, while the draw is priced at 3/1 with SkyBet.

Obviously the Barça win will not not you much money on its own, so we've gone for a correct score to boost our chances of silverware (forget the trophy, we want the money!) Barcelona to win 2-1 comes in at a surprisingly large 9/1 with William Hill, and this is something we like the look of very much. Bayern might not have enough to beat a pumped-up home team, but they should be able to limit the damage and grab a goal themselves in the process.

Can we expect another Müllering?

The sensational Thomas Müller is a good bet for Anytime Goalscorer. The young German seems to sniff out the space like a truffle-snuffling pig, and it usually proves successful. Stan James have him at 13/5 to get a goal on Wednesday night.

Also, call us mad, but we've got a slight premonition that Gerard Piqué could grab the last goal in this game. If Barcelona need one more, there's no doubt he will be charging up into the Bayern penalty area to try and get his newly-shiny head onto a cross. Piqué is a whopping 33/1 with Coral to grab the last goal. It may be a long-shot, but if it happens, do you want to say you called it or missed it?

Who will be first to snap?

First booking could be an interesting one, and we fancy Sergio Busquets to stamp his authority on the game early on. The Catalonian is no stranger to the dark-arts of football, be they passive or aggressive, so at 9/1 with BetVictor, we reckon he could be first into the ref's little yellow book.

Still can't decide? Check our Top Tips below to see where the money will be won on Wednesday!

Sam publishes regular feature and tips pieces for Howtobet4free. He has a blog, crackingjabulanis.blogspot.co.uk, and can be found on Twitter by following @Gaytski.

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Howtobet4free's Top Tips

Barcelona vs.
Bayern Munich
Correct Score:
  2-1 to Barcelona
(9/1)
Barcelona vs.
Bayern Munich
Last Goalscorer:
  Gerard Piqué
(33/1 )
Barcelona vs.
Bayern Munich
Anytime Goalscorer(s):
  Thomas Müller
(13/5)
Stan James

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