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UEFA Champions League

  • 27 September 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: V. Kassai
  • • Attendance: 66000
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Bayern Munich – Manchester City Preview: Free-scoring sides meet in Champions League for first ever competitive game

Bayern Munich – Manchester City Preview: Free-scoring sides meet in Champions League for first ever competitive game

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Roberto Mancini's side face a tough task in their first away match as they look to continue their impressive start to the season at the German giants' fortress


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber
Kroos, Tymoschuk
Muller, Schweinsteiger, Ribery
Gomez

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov
Barry, Yaya Toure
Silva, Aguero, Nasri
Dzeko

Coach Jupp Heynckes has been rotating his central defensive partnerships in recent weeks but should look to his top two in former City men Jerome Boateng and Daniel Van Buyten to start this match. Ivica Olic is the only injury doubt for Bayern, the Croatian is ruled out with a hip injury, but they will be boosted by the return of Arjen Robben. The Dutchman had been sidelined for a month with a pelvic problem, but he made his comeback (and scored) in their 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen and should be in the squad again.

Nigel de Jong is likely to miss out through ankle injury so Gareth Barry should be partnered by Yaya Toure in central midfield. There will be no place for Owen Hargreaves against his former club, however, as he was not named in City’s 25-man squad for the competition’s opening stages. Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy have been battling it out for the left-back slot under Roberto Mancini and the latter’s stronger defensive abilities should see him selected ahead of the Serbian for this tough away trip.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • This match will be the first ever meeting between the two sides and they are two of the in-form sides in Europe at the moment.
  • Manchester City are unbeaten this season and are currently joint top of the Premier League with their local rivals Manchester United, and Bayern Munich are two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
  • City began their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Napoli at the Etihad Stadium where a late Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick earned Roberto Mancini’s men a point after Edinson Cavani’s opener.
  • Bayern have won the Champions League four times, but started their campaign earlier than their opponents having had to qualify for the group stages with a 3-0 aggregate win over FC Zurich. They began the group stage with an impressive 2-0 victory away against Villarreal thanks to goals from Toni Kroos and Rafinha.
  • Mancini’s men have scored 10 goals on their travels this season but they face a side who have lost just once at home to English opposition, a 2-1 Uefa Cup defeat by Norwich City in 1993/94.
  • Home is definitely a happy place for the Germans as they have scored 17 goals at the Allianz Arena already this season, including seven against Freiburg and three in their last outing against Bayer Leverkusen.
  • And it is not just the strikers who are catching the attention, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (pictured above right) has not picked the ball from the back of his net for 838 minutes.
  • Group stage newcomers City will be up against familiar faces with former defenders Van Buyten and Boateng in Bayern's squad.
  • Edin Dzeko returns to Germany for the first time since his £27 million pound move to Manchester City from Wolfsburg in January. The Bosnian striker has scored six goals in his eight appearances so far this season.

Players to watch

B. Schweinsteiger

Position: Midfielder

Games: 4

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  • 1
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The midfielder has risen through the ranks at Bayern. He made his debut in 2002 and has been an integral part of the side ever since. The 27-year-old is the club'a vice-captain and is the cog in midfield which Heynckes relies on to make his side tick.

S. Agüero

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

  • 6
  • 2
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All eyes are on the Argentine after his sensational start in England following his £38m move. He has scored eight goals in seven games for City since his switch from Atletico Madrid in the summer and he has quickly taken over from compatriot Carlos Tevez as City’s main man.

Editor's Prediction

City’s first away game in the Champions League could not have been much harder than a trip to the Allianz Arena, but Mancini’s men are not the normal newcomers to this competition. They will go into this match confident they can get a result, but Bayern should be strong enough to ensure that the best the English side can get is a point.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Manchester City

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
58%
30%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 0
Manchester City FC MNC
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 1
Manchester City FC MNC
FC Bayern München BAY
1 - 2
Manchester City FC MNC

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