Olympiakos started in a best possible way in the domestic league, having three victories out of first three rounds, but the real task comes for them in European competitions. For a few years now they have managed to take the domestic league title with relative ease, however failed to show something more impressive in Europe. Most recently, they come from a 3:1 home victory over Platanias last weekend.
Visitors missed a penalty kick already in second minute, but the hosts replied in eight with a goal from Durmaz, continued pressing and deservedly scored two more goals early in the second half. Dominguez and Masuaku were the goal scorers, while the first one even missed a penalty kick few minutes later seeing the visitors reducing the deficit twenty minutes before the full time whistle via Banana. As said, this was their third consecutive victory, previously winning over Panionios at home and Levadiakos away from their own fans, already sitting at the first position with two points less than second placed AEK. Winning the league remains their biggest target for the new season, but there is no doubt that everyone in the club wants finally to impress further in Champions League as well. Greeks are set to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Brown Ideye alone in attack. Midfielder El Fardou Ben Nabouhane is injured for this one.
Bayern Munich, on the other side, comes from a narrow 2:1 victory against Augsburg at home last weekend. They did dominate the game for the most of the time, looked way more superior than their opponents, but also showed clear gaps in the defensive lineup. Despite huge domination, visitors managed to take the lead in the first halftime, via goal from Esswein in 43rd minute.
Second halftime saw the Bavarians being even more dominant, as they entered the repetition very strongly and overturn the game into their favor thanks to goals from Lewandowski in 77th and Muller in the last minutes of the game via penalty kick. The victory came harder than expected only in the last minutes and via penalty kick, but there is no doubt that it was more than deserved three pointer for the Bavarians. Similar to the Greek side, they are also at the top of table with all victories (four out four rounds), but sharing the top of the table together with Dortmund, four points ahead of third placed Wolfsburg. Coach Pep Guardiola will still be without his star players Arjen Robben (3/1) and Franck Ribery, but the Germans also miss central defenders Jan Kirchhoff, Mehdi Benatia (2/1), Javi Martinez and Holger Badstuber who are all still sidelined with injuries. He will continue with his unusual 3-4-3 formation with Muller, Costa and Lewandowski up front.
After failing to do something more in Champions League last season, Bayern Munich will be under pressure to get a positive result in this season’s edition from the start. They are sure favorites to win this one, but having in mind their defensive absentees, it won’t be much of a surprise if we see Olympiakos scoring as well. Disregarding everything, Germans alone are able to score three goals here.
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