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Hoops to face Bayern backlash

Hoops to face Bayern backlash

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Bayern Munich started the campaign as one of the favourites for the Champions League title, but things have not gone as expected so far.

The Bundesliga giants (13/2 to lift the trophy) were humiliated by Paris Saint-Germain in their last group game, which ultimately led to Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking.

Jupp Heynckes has taken over the helm for the fourth time and started with a thumping win at the weekend, with Bayern beating Freiburg 5-0 and on Wednesday they host Celtic (Match Betting – Bayern 1/10, Draw 10/1, Celtic 25/1).

So it looks like the Glasgow club might be meeting them at the wrong time, with the Germans determined to put themselves back on track in Europe, and the Hoops unlikely to be able to shut up shop.

There always seem to be plenty of goals around when Bayern are in action, with the five-time European Cup winners scoring 19 times in their last seven games. The 7/2 on offer for 5 goals in the game looks tempting, while Robert Lewandowski is available to back at 33/20 to be the first goalscorer.

Also expect a backlash from Chelsea, when they play host to Roma on Wednesday evening (Match Odds – Chelsea 5/8, Draw 3/1, Roma 19/4).

Nobody predicted their shock Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Antonio Conte will be determined to maintain their 100% record in Group C.

Elsewhere, Benfica are a very attractive 7/2 to beat Manchester United in their Group A encounter at the Estadio da Luz.

The Portuguese side have lost just one competitive game at home this year and need a result if they are to stand any chance of staying in Europe, should it be the Champions League or Europa League.

Although they remain unbeaten, United (5/6) haven’t been that convincing on the road of late and they will need to improve on last weekend’s draw at Liverpool.

Finally, Barcelona are likely to seal a third consecutive European win, when Olympiakos visit the Nou Camp.

Barca have already beaten Juventus at home and Sporting Lisbon away without conceding a goal and the Catalan giants are 5/8 to win to zero in their Group D encounter.

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Warren Ashurst

Warren has been a sports journalist for over 25 years, both written and broadcast.

Having worked as a radio commentator, he has a wealth of experience of seeing top-level sport first hand and specialises in football, golf and cricket.