Place: The Olympic Stadium of Athens “Spyros Louis“
Date: on the 23rd of October, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 17:55 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League
The team of Marinos Ouzounidis begun a group stage of the Champions League with two defeats and three missed goals in each separate case. But if in away match against Ajax (0:3) there were no special chances, then at home against Benfica (2:3) the Greeks have shown their character.
Thanks to Viktor Klonaridis ‘s double AEK has managed to win back the Portuguese club. But the ball which was missed at the end of the matchhas left them without points. Nevertheless, it is worth mention the trio of the attacking midfielders in the scheme 4-2-3-1 to which also the author of a double belongs. Mantalos and Bakasetas were helping him and worked actively and regularly changed positions.
In the championship after seven rounds AEK takes the fifth place, having lost five points. Three more have been removed by the decision of Football federation of Greece that has affected the positions of team of Ouzounidis.
Bayern has now fine style and has won over Wolfsburg (3:1) and has broken a series of 4 matches without victories. On the European arena Niko Kovač ‘s team has tied with Ajax at home field (1:1) after they have won away match over Benfica (2:0) in the first round.
Robert Lewandowski has scored double and made one good assist on James in an episode with the third goal to the Wolves. Whether the appearance in his country of the worthy rival Krzysztof Piątek has influenced the Polish forward or he was already motivated because of an unsuccessful last season? Anyway, but since the beginning of the season Robert has scored already five goals and two assists in seven matches of Bundesliga to which he has added a goal in Lisbon.
At all its problems, Bayern spend greatly away matches. Only with Hertha, Berliner (0:2) the failure has happened and the remained five away matches in all tournaments were won by Bayern with the score 11:1.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match AEK vs Bayern
AEK to win – 12.50
Draw – 6.50;
Bayern to win – 1.27
The fact that the group round of the Champions League, is not any more a qualification stage and the rivals are much stronger here, has been proved by the Greeks in the first rounds. Tandem with the favorite of the quartet will give the answer to the question whether the team of Ouzounidis will manage to catch the Europa League or it is a casual guest at such high level. Anyway, we believe in effectiveness of the guests which will allow prolonging of a successful series.