One of the top soccer clubs on the planet heads to Austria on Wednesday when Bundesliga power Bayern Munich throws down with Austrian League team Salzburg in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16. Although the match happens in Austria, Bayern is a favorite to grab the win. Keep reading for Champions League odds, analysis, and a free pick for Salzburg versus Bayern.
Bayern Munich versus RB Salzburg | UCL Round of 16 Betting Odds for 1st Leg Match
Bayern Munich at Red Bull Arena Betting Info
- When: Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 3:00 pm ET
- Where: Red Bull Arena, Salzburg, Austria
Why bet on Bayern Munich versus FC Salzburg?
Bayern and Salzburg threw down in November 2020 in a Champions League match. Bayern dominated Salzburg 3-0. The head-to-head was so long ago, it may not matter. What does matter is that Bayern heads into this after a loss. The last time that happened, Bayern dusted Cologne 4-0.
Bayern Munich Last 5
- L – 4-2 vs. VfL Bochum
- W – 3-2 vs. RB Leipzig
- W – 1-4 vs. Hertha Berlin
- W – 0-4 vs. FC Cologne
- L – 1-2 vs. Monchengladbach
Bayern Munich predicted starting lineup
Why bet on FC Salzburg versus Bayern Munich?
This happens on Salzburg’s pitch. As great as Bayern is, the Bundesliga squad isn’t unbeatable. Bochum, a massive underdog, upset Bayern in Bayern’s last. Not only that, but the odds are good enough on the handicap to back Salzburg to keep this to within a goal victory.
FC Salzburg Last 5
- W – 1-2 vs. Rapid Vienna
- W – 3-0 vs. FV Lafnitz
- L – 1-2 vs. FC Admira Wacker Modling
- W – 3-1 vs. SV Josko Reid
- W – 6-0 vs. SKU Ertl Glas Amstetten
FC Salzburg predicted starting lineup
FC Salzburg vs Bayern Munich Betting Analysis
After the unexplainable Bochum loss, Bayern should be looking to make amends. But Salzburg is a quality squad.
Teams that reach the Round of 16 in the Champions League aren’t pushovers. Salzburg has won 4-of-5. The loss was a club friendly. In fact, 3-of-4 wins were club friendlies.
That’s not a knock. It’s actually a strength because teams tend to pull back in club friendlies. In this case, the odds don’t justify a bet on Bayern, but it does on Salzburg.
The home squad shouldn’t beat Bayern straight up. But Salzburg should keep this close by either playing for a draw or sticking to a 1-goal loss.
On the other side, Bayern may want to make a statement, but this is in Austria, which means Bayern could decide to hold back and reassess. The loss to Bochum may have been that devastating.
Not because Bochum upset Bayern. Upsets happen. It’s because Bochum scored 4 goals against what should be an impenetrable defense. Give Salzburg the nod on the handicap.
Champions League Pick: Salzburg handicap