Preview and Prediction
The new season of UEFA Champions League starts this week and Die Roeten is finding their way to retain the title. It may be too early to consider them as the top favourite in the final but they certainly still have the potential. This midweek, they begin their campaign by hosting Atletico Madrid, one of the strongest challengers for the past few years.
The teams’ updated news
Bayern had a relatively easy game on the weekend while visiting the promoted team, Arminia Biefield. They smashed the host 4-1 by Robert Lewandowski’s and Thomas Muller’s brace before Ritsu Doan scored a consolation goal seven minutes later.
Los Rojiblancos also secured a maximum point while taking on Celta Vigo on the road. They dismantled the home side 2-0. Luis Suarez opened the scoring while Yannick Carrasco doubled their lead just a few minutes before the final whistle. It was an intriguing match as Celta had several decent chances to equalise and even come back from behind but the post and their own poor finishing prevented them to snatch a point.
Hans Flick is unlikely to deploy anything but his preferable 4-2-3-1 formation. There will be no major change in the starting IX except Kingsley Coman, who will take over Leroy Sane’s post due to the former Manchester City man’s injury. The only Flick’s concern is their centre backs’ occasional frailties which could be exploited by Atletico’s forwards.
Meanwhile, Diego Simeone also sticks to his classic 4-4-2 formation. Luis Suarez and Joao Felix are the perfect option for the dynamic duo while Saul Niguez and Marcos Llorente will accompany Lucas Torreira and Koke for the solid midfield area. They will need to close down Muller’s control and space to pass the ball plus Gnarby’s. The ones on the injury table are Jose Gimenez and Sime Vrsaljko. Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco can come off the bench when they need more mobile wingers on the front.
Players to watch
Bayern’s attacking lines with Lewandowski, Muller and Serge Gnarby are still one of the most dangerous one in Europe. Some other notable names to watch here are Leon Goretzka and surely their captain Manuel Neuer.
Los Choconeros has always been famous for its South American connection, especially during Diego Simeone’s reign. Luis Suarez, Angel Correa, Renan Lodi are some of the key figures of the team, plus Saul Niguez, Kieran Trippier and the Portuguese youngster, Joao Felix.
Bayern vs Atletico Prediction
Playing at their home turf certainly gives the advantage for Hans Flick’s men to secure a win. It will be depending on how Atletico responds them. Keeping a clean sheet perhaps is easier for Diego Simeone’s men than scoring here. The game might end in a goalless draw or simply a narrow win for the home side.
This is a definitely exciting and even clash. Bayern is backed to win at 4/7 whereas Koke and Co’s win market is at 5/1. The odds for the draw result are at 37/10.