There might not be a lot of drama attached to the Champions League clash between Germany’s Bayern Munich and Manchester City of the English Premier League on Tuesday, December 10, but it should still be a treat for the fans as they have the opportunity to see two of the top teams in the world face off against each other. Both clubs have already advanced to the second round of the tournament, so they players shouldn’t have any pressure on them and we could see some excellent free-flowing football at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Bayern of course, is coming off of a remarkable treble-winning season as they won the German Bundesliga, the German Cup and are also the reigning kings of the Champions League. They lead the Bundesliga again this campaign while Man City is currently in fourth place in the Premier League, six points behind Arsenal. Both managers may decide to rotate their squads and rest certain players, while Man City’s Yaya Toure, who was just announced by the BBC as Africa’s player of the year will miss the game with a suspension.
Bayern leads Group D by three points and they’ll top the group as long as Man City doesn’t beat them by more than two goals. That’s a tough task for the English side though, considering Munich hasn’t lost a game all season long in any competition. They’ve actually won every game they’ve played except for a pair of draws in Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen. The German champs have won nine straight Champions League games and have been victorious in 14 out of their last 16 tournament matches at home.
No team has ever won 10 consecutive Champions League outings, so history could be made here in Munich. They head into the encounter after hammering Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday by a score of 7-0. They’re now undefeated in their past 40 German league games. However, they’ll be playing against Man City without Dutch winger Arjen Robben as he’s been ruled out for six weeks with a knee laceration.
Man City could only manage a 1-1 draw against Southampton in the Premier League on the weekend and are struggling on the road. They’ve done well in the Champions League so far this season when you consider they didn’t make it out of the group stage in their last two appearances in the event. City has lost four away games in the Premier League already this season in eight tries. This makes it doubtful that they can beat Bayern by three clear goals or the two-goal margin they need to top the group. Also, Bayern has allowed just two goals against in the Champions League this season.
In their first meeting this campaign, Bayern thumped Man City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in England. Bayern has won their last five games in all competitions while Man City has four wins and a draw. This should be an entertaining contest, but it’s doubtful City will be able to do anything better than earning a draw.
Sportsbook Williamhill.com has the odds of a Bayern Munich win at 4/9 and a Man City victory at 13/2 with a draw at 16/5.