Bayern Munich vs Manchester City: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture at the Allianz Arena

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Manchester City get their Champions League campaign under way in perhaps one of the most mouthwatering contests of the group phase.

The champions of England take on the champions of Germany in a match-up between two teams hoping to go deep into the competition.

Manchester City have not made much of an impact of Europe's elite competition in the past, but they're hoping that's going to change this season.

They come into the match off a credible 2-2 draw against Arsenal and despite a shock defeat to Stoke City recently, Manuel Pellegrini's side have shown signs that they could be a real force this season.

The last time they travelled to the Allianz they recorded a remarkable comeback from two goals down to win 3-2. A similar result tonight would be very welcome.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Bayern Munich 2 (Muller, Gotze) Manchester City 3 (Silva, Kolarov, Milner), Champions League, December 2013

Manchester City 1 (Negredo) Bayern Munich 3 (Ribery, Muller, Robben), Champions League, October 2012

Manchester City 2 (Silva, Yaya) Bayern Munich 0, Champions League, December 2011

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STATS…

Bayern Munich are making their first Champions League appearance since they were thrashed 5-0 on aggregate by Real Madrid.

Bayern have seven points from three league games this season.

Bayern's overall home record against English opponents is W11 D6 L3.

Manchester City reached the knock-out phase for the first time last season.

In seven away matches against German opposition, City have won two, lost five and drawn none.

Last season, City won all their away matches in the group phase.

Pep Guardiola and Manuel Pellegrini have met before whilst managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. Guardiola came out on top both times.

 

ODDS…

Bayern Munich to win: 1.7

Manchester City to win: 5.25

Draw: 4.2

 

TV: Live on Sky Sports 5 at 7.45pm.

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