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UEFA Champions League

  • November 2, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: B. Kuipers
  • • Attendance: 66000
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Champions League Preview: Bayern Munich v Napoli

Champions League Preview: Bayern Munich v Napoli

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The Bavarians will look to extend their lead at the top of Group A when they lock horns with the Italian outfit at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

BAYERN MUNICH



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

NAPOLI



De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Fideleff, Aronica
Maggio, Inler, Dzemaili, Zuniga
Hamsik, Lavezzi
Cavani


Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will likely feature against the Italians despite limping off in the second half of the 4-0 win over Nurnberg on Saturday with a calf injury. Defender Daniel Van Buyten has shaken off a foot problem and should be given the green light as well, while Arjen Robben is still sidelined after undergoing a hernia operation.

Walter Mazzarri will be without the services of Walter Gargano who is out with a thigh injury while Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro is suspended. Goran Pandev, whose late heroics at the Allianz Arena sent Bayern packing from the competition last season, is nursing a muscle strain and will not feature.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich have a formidable home record recently in the Champions League, winning nine out of their last 10 games at the Allianz Arena.
  • The Bavarians have committed the most fouls in the 2011-12 Champions League campaign after three matches (59).
  • Seven players from Jupp Heynckes' side were in the starting line-up for Germany's 3-1 victory over Turkey in their Euro 2012 qualifier on October 7.
  • Napoli have kept five clean sheets in their last eight games in all competitions.
  • Walter Mazzarri's men have scored in each of their first three group games in this season's competition.
  • The southern Italian outfit are winless in their last six games on German soil (W0 D3 L3).

Players to watch

M. Gómez

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The 26-year-old is enjoying a very productive season so far, netting 12 goals in the Bundesliga while scoring two in the Champions League. Gomez will look to bounce back from his miss from the penalty spot against Napoli two weeks ago with a solid outing at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

E. Cavani

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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El Matador has two goals in three matches in the competition so far and will need to add to his personal tally on Wednesday as the visitors look to spring a surprise over the Germans and take a big step towards the round of 16 in the process.

Editor's Prediction

Bayern have been dominant at home in all competitions under Jupp Heynckes this season and should extend their lead at the top of Group A with a comfortable win over the Italians.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Napoli

Wins
1
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
SSC Napoli NAP
SSC Napoli Napoli
75%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 0
SSC Napoli NAP
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 0
SSC Napoli NAP
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 1
SSC Napoli NAP

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