Saturday, November 28, 2020

Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid

Verdict: Bayern Munich win and under four goals

Best Odds: 6/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to get the defence of their Champions League title underway on Wednesday night, Bayern Munich will welcome Atletico Madrid to the Allianz.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, while a stunning shock defeat away at Hoffenheim last month might have brought an end to Bayern Munich’s remarkable unbeaten run, the defending European champions have bounced back in impressive fashion. Last seen returning from the international break by picking up a routine 4-1 victory away at Bundesliga debutants Arminia Bielefeld over the weekend, the German giants have won their last four matchups across all competitions and have already got two pieces of silverware in the bag this season. Lifting both the UEFA Super Cup and the German Super Cup thanks to victories over Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund respectively, Head Coach Hans-Dieter Flick already finds his side billed as an early favourite to reclaim their Champions League crown out in Istanbul next year. Once again watching Robert Lewandowski bag a brace on their travels over the weekend and continuing to build off of his record-breaking campaign last season, it should be noted that their Polish talisman has already racked up six strikes for club and country.

Team News

After settling for a place among the substitutes over the weekend, both Alphonso Davies and Joshua Kimmich are set for a recall on Wednesday night.

Atletico Madrid

As for the visitors, while Atletico Madrid might have continued to show some glaring inconsistencies since opening the 2020/2021 campaign, the Spanish outfit did manage to capatalise on what has been a successful weekend for Los Colchoneros. Watching both Barcelona and defending La Liga champions Real Madrid suffer shock 1-0 defeats over the weekend, Diego Simeone’s men picked up a much-welcomed 2-0 victory away at Celta Vigo. Managing to bounce back from their back-to-back stalemates against Villarreal and Huesca prior to the international break, Atletico will know that they must really be at their best if they’re to pull off what would be an upset on foreign soil in midweek. Hit with a 1-0 loss when they last faced off against Bayern back in 2016, Wednesday’s guests could be calling on summer arrival Luis Suarez to lead their charge. Shocking many as he made the move from Barca, the 33-year-old found the net away at Celta over the weekend and has recorded three goals in his opening four La Liga appearances for his new club.

Team News

After making his debut against Celta Vigo over the weekend, Arsenal loanee Lucas Torreira looks set to maintain his spot in midfield.

However, Atletico have confirmed that Diego Costa will miss Wednesday’s trip to Germany due to injury.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides last faced off in the Champions League back in 2016, Bayern Munich picked up a 1-0 win on home soil.
  • Four of the last five meetings between the two sides have failed to see both teams find the net.
  • Robert Lewandowski has already recorded six goals for club and country since opening the New Year.
  • Luis Suarez has recorded three goals in his first four La Liga appearances for Atletico since making a summer switch from Barcelona.
  • Bayern are unbeaten at the Allianz across all competitions since November 2019.

Conclusion

While Bayern might have seen Hoffenheim end their remarkable unbeaten run prior to the international break, Wednesday’s hosts have bounced back in some style and will be confident of laying down an early marker on home soil. Claiming their sixth Champions League crown thanks to a 1-0 win over PSG back in August, the German giants will be looking to cash in on an Atletico outfit that have shown some inconsistencies since opening the New Year. Picking up a 1-0 win when they last faced off against Diego Simeone’s men back in 2016, we’re backing a similar outcome at the Allianz on Wednesday night.

Verdict: Bayern Munich win and under four goals

Best Odds: 6/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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