According to ESPN, the key personell battle of the Champions League Final is Schweinsteiger v Mikel. Here’s their breakdown:
Bayern’s key player is Schweinsteiger, who at 27 has become the kind of strutting midfield general that Steffen Effenberg was for his club’s 2001 championship team. Should he play well, then their chances are increased. When he does not play at all, then his team suffers. His job is to dictate the play, but in a far more dominant fashion than Mikel, whose sitting role involves him breaking up play and giving the ball sensibly. Indeed the Nigerian does not do it in quite as expansive a fashion as Schweinsteiger, whose equivalent is more likely to be Frank Lampard. Yet with Bayern expected to be on the front foot, Mikel is likely to need to be on his mettle, much improved as he is since Di Matteo took over from Villas-Boas.Although the match is in Bayern’s backyard, the German Herald reported that Munich has already filled with English hooligans.
Police in Munich, Germany, say they have identified a further 150 “problem fans” from the UK heading to the match.According to betting books, here are the odds:
City police chief Robert Kopp said: “Safety is the highest priority. We will be taking measures to stop problem fans.”
“We are expecting at least 25,000 fans from the UK.
“Of these we are sure the majority will be well behaved but we are expecting about 150 hard core troublemakers,” he added.
Bayern’s homefield advantage gives them favouritism at 1.80, with Chelsea rather backable at a price of 4.33 at bet365. A draw at full-time is 3.75. Fancy penalties? 12.00 for Bayern to win, 13.00 for Chelsea.