The Greek champions have yet to pick up a point in Group E after suffering defeats against Ajax Amsterdam and Benfica respectively and they face a tough assignment as they bid to kickstart their campaign against the German champions.
Marinos Ouzounidis' side, though, may feel that Bayern's recent stuttering form represents a glimmer of hope ahead of Tuesday's tie.
Despite just one win in their last five fixtures, the odds compilers are backing Bayern to prove too strong in the Greek capital.
SportPesa go 21/4 (6.25) that both teams settle for a share of the spoils from Tuesday's tie.
Helder Lopes and Marios Oikonomou are both injured, although there is better news regarding Brazilian star, Alef, who is pushing for a start after getting 45 minutes under his belt at the weekend.
Bayern have no fresh worries, but both Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso are long-term absentees.
Goals at a premium?
Just one of Bayern's previous six fixtures away from home this season has seen goals scored at both ends and SportPesa offer 20/27 (1.74) that either side fails to find the net on this occasion.
Furthermore, it is worth noting that four of those six fixtures have seen fewer than three goals scored - SportPesa offer 6/4 (2.50) that the trend continues in this clash.
Emphasis on attack?
However, there have been goals at both ends in each of AEK's three Champions League clashes on home soil this season, while Bayern have both scored and conceded in five of their last six away matches in this competition.
SportPesa offer 20/21 (1.95) for the visitors to score more than two goals, but better value may lie in snapping up the 23/10 (3.30) quote from the same firm for Bayern score exactly two goals in this game.
It is a selection that would have landed in no fewer than six of Bayern's last eight Champions League away matches.