Injury-hit Bayern may still have too much for stuttering City.
A trip to the Allianz Arena is always viewed as formidable one for away teams but recent history tells us Bayern Munich are by no means unbeatable in Bavaria.
Real Madrid gave the Germans, defending champions at the time, a real footballing lesson in the semi-finals of the Champions League last season and they haven’t beaten English opposition on home soil in three attempts.
Manchester City won 3-2 in Germany in the group stages last year and travel with high hopes again as Pep Guardiola has a real injury crisis on his hands at the Bundesliga champions.
New Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger misses out and Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez have serious knee injuries. Holger Badstuber is another absentee and Arjen Robben hasn’t trained over the last couple of days.
French winger Franck Ribery only returned at the weekend but did score in the 2-0 victory over Stuttgart in which former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso excelled. But it’s asking a lot of the Spaniard to carry an inexperienced midfield against a City side that will be at full strength apart from suspended full-back Pablo Zabaleta.
City have made an uncertain start to the defence of their Premier League crown and needed a late equaliser from Martin Dimichelis to force a draw at the Emirates on Saturday after taking an early lead through Sergio Aguero.
But midfield general Yaya Toure should be fit enough to regain his place and City will fancy themselves to force a result, though Bayern will still field the likes of Philipp Lahm and in-form strikers Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller so Vincent Kompany and his colleagues will have to stay alert.
There’s been an average of three goals scored in the last five meetings between the sides – three total goals is 3/1 in this latest encounter. Both are expected to qualify for the knockout stages from Group E but will be wanting to lay down an early marker for the rest of the section and Europe.
Bayern’s injury problems complicate matters but Manuel Pellegrini’s team have yet to impress this season and could come up short again. The home team Bayern are 8/13 to take the three points.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, September 17th at the Allianz Arena.
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