The Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona live stream and televised first leg of the 2015 UEFA Champions League semifinals arrives on Wednesday afternoon. The two teams will meet up a day after Juventus defeated Real Madrid in their first leg of the semifinals. In a game with plenty of storylines including a former boss returning to face his former team, this has the makings of an epic first meeting. With live streaming online and TV coverage, sports fans can check out which of these teams emerges victorious in the semis.
According to BBC.com in their May 5 report, Bayern is hopeful that their star Robert Lewandowski will be able to participate wearing a protective mask in the matchup. Lewandowski broke his nose and jaw against Borussia Dortmund during the team’s loss in the German Cup semis. Arjen Robben, David Alba, Hogler Badstuber and Franck Ribery won’t be playing for Bayern either. On the other side, Barcelona will only be without Jeremy Mathieu. That means Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez will be on the attack.
The game will also see the return of Pep Guardiola to the sidelines, but this time against Barcelona. He played for the team for 11 years and also won 14 trophies while coaching the team for four years. In 2013, Guardiola took over as the boss of Bayern and will try to bring a unique strategy to shut down the top talents of the opposing side. In addition to Guardiola’s return to face the team he coached for so long, it is also Lionel Messi’s 100th European appearance for Barcelona. That gives this game plenty of importance, not to mention that it’s the first leg of the UEFA semifinals for the two clubs.
Odds makers have the home team Barcelona as -150 favorites on the moneyline, while Bayern Munich is a heavy underdog at +410 to +435 at various books. The goals over/under for this first leg semifinals matchup is 2-1/2 for the game. In terms of the odds to win the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League, Barcelona has the top spot with 3 to 2 odds, followed by Real Madrid at 9 to 4, Bayern at 5 to 2 and Juventus at 9 to 1.
Wednesday’s Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona matchup is scheduled for a 2:45 p.m. EST or 7:45 p.m. BST start time. Live televised coverage comes from Fox Sports 1 in the U.S. and ITV 1 in the United Kingdom. Live streaming online coverage is available for subscribers in the UK with ITV Player or in the U.S. with Fox Soccer 2Go website or compatible mobile apps. Sirius XM subscribers can listen to live audio of the game on internet channel 94 or SIRI 94 starting at 2 p.m. EST.