EUROPA: Champions League – Group Stage
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
Prior to the 5th round of the group stage of the Champions League the president of Bayern Ulrich Hoeneß and the chairman of the board of directors of the club Karl-Heinz Rummenigge issued a suggestion to reform the modern format of the Champions League by the analogy of basketball Euro League.
The main difference between two formats is in considerable reduction of the total amount of the participants of the group stage and at the same time considerable enlargement of the total number of matches of regular season.
Champion’s race of group B
To tell the truth, recently famous German football players and now bosses of the Munich super club are dreaming that their team in frames of each season is meeting with other European grandees and less matches with the teams of the level of Scottish Celtic and Belgian Anderlecht. Let us remember the current tournament position of group B:
PSG – 12, Bayern – 9, Celtic – 3, Anderlecht – 0;
Another victory of the champion
As we see, prior to the two rounds before ending of the group stage the grandee from Munich had ensured itself getting into the first round of play-off. Now the team of Josef Heynckes is getting ready to the forthcoming return match against the vice-champion of France on the 5th of December.
And last Saturday, in frames of the 12th round of German Bundesliga the champion has destroyed Augsburg with the score 3:0 (Vidal, Lewandowski 2). Being at the head of the champion’s race Bayern is 6 points ahead of its main opponents as Schalke and Leipzig (29 against 23).
Now the grandee from Munich is facing the Champion League’s battle against Anderlecht, Belgium. Let us remember, that the primary aim of the team of Josef Heynckes is the final champion’s victory in the group. But in order to achieve this, Bayern, similar to PSG has to gain points in matches against other participants of the group, hat is against the defending champion of Belgium.
Anderlecht – 11.00, draw – 6.00, Bayern – 1.30;
Bayern (Asian handicap -1.5) - odds 1.75 Pinnacle