If you look at the Bundesliga table, you might not be tempted to bet on Atletico to beat Bayern. The Germans may have Guardiola, but Simeone is the best manager in the world.
Bet on Atletico to beat Bayern at Guts Sportsbook
- Atletico Madrid to win
@ 3.00 (2/1)
- Bayern Munich to win
@ 2.60 (8/5)
If you bet on sports in the EU, and want to bet on the Champions League semi-finals, don’t just consider the teamsheets. Bayern are filled with recent world cup winners like Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, and Philip Lahm. They have quality throughout the team with Lewandowksi, Thiago and Vidal. Atleti, meanwhile, do have some bona fide stars: Koke and Antonio Griezmann would grace any team. But they also feature less stellar names like uncapped Gabi and the man not long ago regarded as past it, Fernando Torres.
However, here’s why you should bet on Atletico to beat Bayern…
Diego Simeone is the best manager in the world
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- Atletico Madrid to qualify for final
@ 2.55 (31/20)
- Bayern Munich to qualify for final
@ 1.45 (9/20)
If you bet on sports in Spain, you know that Atleti are tired with Barcelona at the top of La Liga, with Real Madrid a point behind. The Catalans have Messi, Suarez and Neymar. Los Blancos have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. But Atleti have Diego Simeone.
Guardiola may have the most impressive record of any manager, waltzing to league titles in Spain and two Champions Leagues under his belt. However, in Spain he had Messi (plus world cup winners including Xavi and Iniesta). In Germany he again has multiple world cup winners, and a roster filled with talent. Simeone, however, has won La Liga and challenged for the Champions League with a team that’s merely good, not world class.
While Pep’s skill lies in creating tactical plans that allow world class players to thrive, Simeone has instilled an ordinary team with the strategy and belief to compete with anybody. Atleti tend to peak on the biggest stage, knocking Barcelona out of Europe twice in three years. It doesn’t get much bigger than this, so bet on Atleti to beat Bayern and Simeone to prove himself the greatest manager alive.
Bet on Atletico to beat Bayern and other best bets
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- Torres to score a header
@ 13.50 (25/2)
- Griezmann to score and Atletico to win
@ 5.00 (4/1)
- Lewandowski score a hat-trick
@ 125.00 (124/1)
- Müller to score from outside the box
@ 15.00 (14/1)
While we reckon you should bet on Atletico to beat Bayern on Wednesday, they may need both legs just as they did in the quarter final. You should definitely bet on Atletico to qualify, even though online sportsbooks make them outsiders. There other great bets for Atletico v Bayern, too: bet on Fernando Torres to score. Simeone’s incredible man-management has transformed Torres, considering finished after his poor spells at Chelsea and Milan, into a player in the form of his life; he recently scored in five games in a row for the first time in his career! Griezmann is also a threat.
You can bet on Atletico to keep a clean sheet, but the Germans do have some fearsome attackers. Bet on Lewandowski to score, like he tends to do in the Champions League. And bet on Thomas Müller to score; he’s a big game player, and scored in last year’s semi-final against Barcelona.