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UEFA Champions League

  • September 27, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: V. Kassai
  • • Attendance: 66000
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Champions League Preview: Bayern Munich - Manchester City

Roberto Mancini's side faces a tough task in its first away match as it looks to continue its impressive start to the season at the German giants' fortress.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Boateng, Badstuber, Van Buyten, Lahm
Schweinsteiger, Tymoshchuk
Robben, Muller, 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 Daniel Van Buyten will start this match alongside Holger Badstuber. 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 is unbeaten this season and currently joint top of the Premier League with local rival Manchester United, and Bayern Munich is two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
  • City began its 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 has won the Champions League four times, but started its campaign earlier than its opponents having had to qualify for the group stages with a 3-0 aggregate win over FC Zurich. The club 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.

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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