Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid: prediction, preview and team news

There will be fireworks when Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid face each other at Allianz Arena in the Champions League group stages round 1.

Bayern Munich are set to welcome Atletico Madrid to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday in their opening UEFA Champions League group stage game.

The visitors make the trip to the Allianz Arena looking to avoid a second successive defeat to Bundesliga opposition after losing to RB Leipzig in last season’s quarter-finals.

Bayern Munich prepare for this midweek encounter following a 4-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld on the weekend in the Bundesliga. Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, beat Celta Vigo 2-0 on Saturday in La Liga.

Bayern had a reduced off-season as a result of their European success, with just 26 days separating their win over Paris St-Germain in the final and their opening Bundesliga fixture this term.

Bayern also won the Bundesliga and German Cup to compete a memorable treble last season.

There hasn’t been much between these sides in Europe, with Bayern winning three of their meetings and Atletico two. They’ve met four times in the Champions League and each match has ended in a home win. The last of those games was a 1-0 win for Bayern in Munich back in December 2016.

In four previous encounters between the two sides, the record is exactly even. Bayern Munich have won two games and lost two.

Match facts:

  • Bayern have won their last 11 matches (Champions League).
  • Bayern Munich’s first game since winning the competition last season is a tough home match against Atletico Madrid.
  • Bayern have won six of their seven matches in all competitions this season.
  • Atletico are unbeaten after four matches, winning two and have already had two 0-0 draws.

Bayern Munich successfully achieved the treble last season, and will be aiming to do so once more.

While neither team have produced their best form during a hectic start to the season, we cannot look past the home side. Flick and his players will be motivated to retain their trophy this season, and that desire could lead to a statement performance being produced on Wednesday evening.

Our Prediction: Under 2.5, 3.0 @ 2.04

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