Euro 2012 will dominate the summer but the small matter of the Champions League winners to be decided before international football takes centre stage and it should be a cracker.
It was widely predicted that El Clasico would be played out on the biggest stage of all once Real Madrid and Barcelona were kept apart at the semi-final stage however both failed to progress and this now represents a terrific opportunity for Bayern Munich and Chelsea to lift some extremely meaningful silverware.
The two Spanish giants didn’t make the most of home advantage in the second-leg of their respective last four clashes but that is exactly what Bayern will have when they step out at the Allianz Arena and are taken to make it count.
Not since Roma were denied by Liverpool on penalties in 1984 has a team contested European football’s biggest match on home turf but Bayern have been so imperious in Bavaria this term that Chelsea are really up against it and I see only one outcome.
Bayern found Borussia Dortmund too good domestically, finishing runners-up in Bundelsiga, but 14 wins from 17 matches in front of their own fans, conceding just six goals in the process, illustrates how tough they are to beat when hosts and Robert Di Matteo and his side will need plenty of fortune if they are to prevail.
Having won all seven matches at home in this competition too, Bayern will be hoping to make it a great eight and their attacking arsenal should concern the Blues.
Chelsea, of course, will be without a key suspended quarter, including influential defenders John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, and whether those deputising will have enough about them to cope with Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and the prolific Mario Gomez I’m not so sure.
Having landed the FA Cup at Wembley earlier in the month, Chelsea will be hopeful of adding to their trophy haul but Bayern will represent an altogether tougher test than a powder-puff Liverpool did and it is asking an awful lot for them to repel the home challenge for 90 minutes.
If Bayern get an early goal then this could get ugly for the Premier League side and I think there could well be a few goals. Chelsea nicked two in remarkable circumstances at the Camp Nou but surely their luck will run out on Saturday and the 1.83 on the Germans wining inside 90 minutes will do for me.
2pts Back Bayern Munich (vs. Chelsea) @ 1.83 (various)