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Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City

Allianz Arena

27/09/11

7:45pm

On Sky

Bayern Munich Vs Manchester City

Bundesliga leaders, Bayern Munich and joint top of the Premier League, Manchester City lock horns for the first time ever in a competitive match at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday in game two of the Champions League.

Home is definitely a happy place for the Germans as they have scored 17 goals at the Allianz Arena already this season, including seven against Freiburg and three in their last outing against Bayer Leverkusen.

In addition, it's not just the strikers who are catching the attention; goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who was of interest to Manchester United in the summer, has not picked the ball from the back of his net for 838 minutes.

Match Preview From North America

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Mancini, James Milner and Pablo Zabaleta preview the game.

Bayern Munich Team News:

Bayern are expected to be at full strength albeit Ajen Robben is a slight doubt (pelvic problem). Gomez has recovered from an adductor problem and should be available while Luiz Gustavo, who was withdrawn at Schalke with a right ankle knock, came through training without a hitch.

Player to watch: Franck Ribéry

Manchester City Team News:

Nigel de Jong has not played since injuring his ankle against Swansea City on 15 August; however he flew out with the rest of the team earlier today and is expected to be on the bench. Everyone else appears fit and healthy.

Player to watch: Sergio Aguero

Match Facts & Stats

This match will be the first ever meeting between the two sides and they are two of the in-form sides in Europe at the moment.

Manchester City are unbeaten this season and are currently joint top of the Premier League with Manchester United. Bayern Munich on the other hand are two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Match Prediction:

I have a bad feeling about this game and think Bayern will be too good for City especially in front of over 65,000 home supporters. My prediction on page one can be found here. Care to have a go yourself?

Next Fixtures:

Barclays Premier League
Saturday 1 October
Blackburn Rovers (A)
Kick-off 3pm.




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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 26 2011

Time: 8:07PM

Your Comments

A superb big match scene setter!!
Johnny Baguette
A superb big match scene setter!!
Johnny Baguette
A huge match, dare I say it one of the 5 biggest matches this club has been in for a long time. I'm also not very confident of a positive result here but at the same time it isn't the end of the world if we lose. We'll need around 9pts from our four remaining games if we lose tomorrow to progress I think.
StuMCFC
A huge match, dare I say it one of the 5 biggest matches this club has been in for a long time. I'm also not very confident of a positive result here but at the same time it isn't the end of the world if we lose. We'll need around 9pts from our four remaining games if we lose tomorrow to progress I think.
StuMCFC
Be happy enough with a draw from this one, but I can just about seeing us sneaking a win. bayern like to play football Unlike Napoli or Everton (not comparing the two BTW, Napoli were very skilful opponents), and we've shown that we're getting pretty good at the whole playing football lark.
fifthcolumnblue
Be happy enough with a draw from this one, but I can just about seeing us sneaking a win. bayern like to play football Unlike Napoli or Everton (not comparing the two BTW, Napoli were very skilful opponents), and we've shown that we're getting pretty good at the whole playing football lark.
fifthcolumnblue
being an american and new to vital man city, i can at least say i don't sound as stupid as those americans do in that preview..."bairn munich..." this is why we americans deservedly get the crap we get when it comes to soccer/football.
redwhiteandbluemoon
being an american and new to vital man city, i can at least say i don't sound as stupid as those americans do in that preview..."bairn munich..." this is why we americans deservedly get the crap we get when it comes to soccer/football.
redwhiteandbluemoon
Bayern won't sit back, that's for sure, they will come at us ferociously with their world class frontline. This will mean we can hit them with our own attacks but also I'm not entirely confident our defence can keep them out, especially if De Jong isn't sat in front of them.
StuMCFC
Bayern won't sit back, that's for sure, they will come at us ferociously with their world class frontline. This will mean we can hit them with our own attacks but also I'm not entirely confident our defence can keep them out, especially if De Jong isn't sat in front of them.
StuMCFC
RW&Bmoon - You seriously just cracked me up with that cause I was thinking the same thing while watching that clip. I actually found myself focusing on work rather than the clip for a change. ;)
BlueBrotherOfaRag
RW&Bmoon - You seriously just cracked me up with that cause I was thinking the same thing while watching that clip. I actually found myself focusing on work rather than the clip for a change. ;)
BlueBrotherOfaRag
We've got plenty of perfectly knowledgeable yanks on our forums RW&Bmoon, who admirably prove that not all americans are ignorant of the old soccerball game. Come down and join in the fun!
fifthcolumnblue
We've got plenty of perfectly knowledgeable yanks on our forums RW&Bmoon, who admirably prove that not all americans are ignorant of the old soccerball game. Come down and join in the fun!
fifthcolumnblue
im in! will be watching at 1:45 Chicago time today, will be completely ignoring my work duties
redwhiteandbluemoon
im in! will be watching at 1:45 Chicago time today, will be completely ignoring my work duties
redwhiteandbluemoon
I'm an ignorant yank of the highest order and they have not kicked me out yet. Chicago you say? Me too.
hosko
I'm an ignorant yank of the highest order and they have not kicked me out yet. Chicago you say? Me too.
hosko
Neuer, Rafinha and Boateng have come across as very arrogant in their gobbing off this week.
Johnny Baguette
Neuer, Rafinha and Boateng have come across as very arrogant in their gobbing off this week.
Johnny Baguette
You dont deserve to be 2 down to be honest.
Sajit
You dont deserve to be 2 down to be honest.
Sajit
You guys still pay Tevez's wages? What an idiot.
Sajit
You guys still pay Tevez's wages? What an idiot.
Sajit
HAHAHAHA!!!!! LOOSER'S!!!!!!
Prettyguy
HAHAHAHA!!!!! LOOSER'S!!!!!!
Prettyguy
any goodwill i had towards tevez for what he's done for us is gone. time to rot in the reserves. no player is greater than the club. this was the final insult. don't sell him in january. let him rot in the reserves
redwhiteandbluemoon
any goodwill i had towards tevez for what he's done for us is gone. time to rot in the reserves. no player is greater than the club. this was the final insult. don't sell him in january. let him rot in the reserves
redwhiteandbluemoon
 

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