Bayern Munich vs AEK Athens Preview: How to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Bayern Munich welcome AEK Athens to the Allianz Arena for their Champions League Group E tie on Wednesday. 

Bayern won in Athens 2-0 two weeks ago and will look to assert their dominance at home in order to take top spot off group leaders Ajax. 

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Bayern have not been too convincing this season and pressure is rising on manager Niko Kovac to deliver results. 

The Greek champions are almost certain to not make the knockout stages of the Champions League, but will look to beat Benfica to third spot to secure Europa League knockout football.

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Here’s 90min’s preview for the fixture.


How to Watch

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?When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 7 November
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?20:00 (GMT)
Where Is it Played?? ?Allianz Arena
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?BT Sport
?Referee? ?Matej Jug

Team News

The hosts come into the game boosted by the return of Franck Ribery, who didn’t travel to Athens but may feature after coming on as a substitute in their previous two fixtures. 

Mats Hummels is doubtful, while ?Bayern are without the injured trio of Thiago Alcantara, Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman.

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AEK Athens are without Helder Lopes and Marko Livaja are both suspended while the visitors are also without Anastasios Bakasetas and Marios Oikonomou through injury.


Predicted Lineups

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?Bayern Munich ??Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, ?Boateng, Alaba; Martinez, ?Muller, Rodriguez; Robben, Lewandowski, Ribery.
?AEK Athens ?Barkas; Cosic, Chygrynskiy, Lampropoulos, Hult; Simões, Galanopoulos; Bakakis, Klonaridis, Mantalos; Ponce.

Head to Head Record

The two sides have only ever met once, when Bayern triumphed 2-0 in October thanks to strikes from Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski.

Before that clash, Bayern had played Greek opposition a total of nine times, going undefeated in that span. In their last seven games against Greek teams, the Bundesliga champions have not conceded a goal.?

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The Bundesliga champions are currently on a five game unbeaten run after their shock 3-0 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bayern did suffer a setback in their last fixture, conceding a late goal to draw against Freiburg, meaning the holders now sit four points behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. 

AEK sit fifth in the Greek Superleague, six points behind current leaders PAOK. Last year’s Greek Superleague winners have been tough to beat in domestic competition this season, losing just once to PAOK, but have lost all three of their Champions League fixtures.

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However, Argentinian striker Ezequiel Ponce has found some goalscoring form with five strikes in eight games and will be the biggest threat to Manuel Neuer’s goal.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

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Bayern Munich 1-1 Freiburg (03/11)? ?Panathinaikos 0-0 AEK Athens (03/11)
?Rodinghausen 1-2 Bayern Munich (30/10) Apollon Larissa 0-4 AEK Athens (31/11)
?Mainz 1-2 Bayern Munich (27/10) AEK Athens 4-0 Aris Salonika (28/10)
?AEK Athens 0-2 Bayern Munich (23/10) AEK Athens 0-2 Bayern Munich (23/10)
?Wolfsburg 1-3 Bayern Munich (20/10)  Apollon Smyrni 0-2 AEK Athens (20/10)

?Prediction

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Bayern’s have not won in their last three home Champions League fixtures, but AEK have lost three of their previous four ties against German opposition in UEFA competition, drawing the fourth. 

AEK looked out of their depth during Bayern’s visit to Athens, but have kept four consecutive domestic clean sheets since and will want to transfer this defensive security to European competition.

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Bayern have not been up to their usual standard this season, with several key players looking a bit out of form. However, the hosts should have no problems repeating their victory over AEK  from two weeks ago and will have far too much quality for the Greek side.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 2-0 AEK Athens

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face AEK Athens in the Champions League

Bayern Munich host AEK Athens in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. The hosts sit second in Group E behind leaders Ajax, with the two likely to take the top two spots and secure themselves at least one round of knockout football. The hosts come into the game in good form, having won four of their last 5 fixtures, drawing the other. 

AEK will be looking to sneak into third position in the group ahead of Benfica, with Champions League knockout football an unlikely result for them. They are in good form with four successive domestic clean sheets and will need a near-perfect performance if they want to leave Munich with a result.

Here’s a look at how Bayern might line up for the fixture. 

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Manuel Neuer (GK) – After spending a lot of time on the treatment table last season, Neuer has struggled to regain his form which saw him as arguably the best goalkeeper in the world. 

Joshua Kimmich (RB) – Kimmich has effortlessly filled Phillip Lahm’s boots and has been a consistent performer for Bayern and Germany over the last few years.

Jerome Boateng (CB) – Boateng has looked unconvincing at the back in recent games and will look to regain his top form from last season.

Niklas Sule (CB) – With Mats Hummels an injury doubt it is likely that Sule will feature alongside Boateng having been used plenty already this season.

David Alaba (LB) – Another player who has perhaps not shown his best in recent weeks, Alaba will be hoping his, and Bayern’s defensive capabilities, can be boosted. 

2. Midfielders

Javi Martinez (CM) – The Spaniard will play the anchor role in the middle of midfield, providing defensive security to supplement Bayern’s wealth of attacking options.

Thomas Muller (RCM) – Muller has only three goals for Bayern Munich so far this season in all competitions and has been used consistently as a substitute.

James Rodriguez (LCM) – Rodriguez has been fairly consistent this season and will be the creative spark in midfield. He is looking for his first goal in Europe this year and will hopefully get it against AEK. 

3. Forwards

Arjen Robben (FWR) – Robben has menaced defenders for years with his pace and quick feet, and at 34 years of age he will want to show he can still do it at the top level. 

Robert Lewandowski (ST) – Lewandowski looked to be struggling at the start of this season, but has improved over the last few weeks and will be the spearhead for Bayern’s dangerous attack.

Frank Ribery (FWL) – Ribery is on his way back from a short-term injury and will want to start the game having played the last few fixtures as a substitute to regain fitness. He will want to kick-start his season against AEK having failed to score so far this season in club competition. 

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German Report Alleges 4 Bayern Munich Players Plotting to Get Manager Niko Kovac Sacked

Four of Bayern Munich’s senior players are actively trying to get head coach Niko Kovac fired, according to a report from Germany. 

Die Roten’s dressing room is thought to be in disarray at the moment, while results haven’t been as positive as they have been in previous seasons. 

The team are currently third in the Bundesliga, four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund after losing twice and drawing a further two games from their first ten played.  

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Per Kicker as cited by ?AS, Arjen Robben, Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller and Frank Ribery are all averse to Kovac’s methods. 

The quartet have had their playing time reduced by the new boss this season and discontent at the club was accentuated by Muller’s wife, who posted an Instagram story in which she criticised Kovac’s decisions to leave the Germany international on the bench in the 1-1 Freiburg draw. 

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She has since apologised to Bayern but the apology has done little to quell the talk. 

The aforementioned players are also reported to lack respect for sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, whom they don’t take seriously due to his perceived lack of experience and personality. 

Despite the players’ desires, Kicker allege the quartet have been limiting their efforts in games in the hope it may result in Kovac’s departure from the Bundesliga champions. 

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The team drew 1-1 with Freiburg on Saturday and have a huge match against Dortmund this coming weekend after their Champions League tie with AEK Athens on Wednesday. 

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Atlético Madrid Ace Antoine Griezmann Hints at Eventual Switch to Bundesliga

Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has hinted that he could one day play in the Bundesliga, ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.

The forward committed his future to Atlético last summer, after theatrically creating a video which culminated in his grand announcement. However, he has now suggested that he would be keen to one day play in the Bundesliga, which may well excite the likes of Bayern Munich – who are believed to be long term admirers of the talented forward.

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Speaking to German outlet Kicker, the France international said: “(The ?Bundesliga) could be (a league I could play in) but I feel very comfortable here with ?Atlético. We have a beautiful project here that I identify with 100 per cent. I want to help the club grow as it helps me grow, and we want to create history.

“Bundesliga is a very offensive league with a lot of attacking. I think ?Borussia Dortmund reflects the league quite well. I would put Spain in first place – in the round of 16 and quarter-finals of the Champions League there are many Spanish teams – followed by the Bundesliga or the Premier League.”

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Griezmann, who scored a stunning free-kick in his side’s ?1-1 draw against Leganés at the weekend, appears to be happy to stay put with Atlético for now, but he could well be lured to the Bundesliga in the future. The 27-year-old has been with the club for five seasons, and has scored an impressive 117 goals in 223 matches.

Bayern are currently third in the Bundesliga table, having won just six of their opening ten matches. Borussia Dortmund sit four points above them at the top of the table, and have enjoyed an

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Bayern Munich and Juventus Open Talks Over a Swap Deal Involving Paulo Dybala and James Rodriguez

?Juventus and Bayern Munich are said to have opened informal talks regarding a potential swap deal involving Paulo Dybala and James Rodriguez.

According to Rai Sport, as per ?Calciomercato, ?Bayern have taken a particular liking to ?Dybala in recent years as their chief executive Karl-Heinz-Rummenigge is said to be a huge admirer of the Argentinean forward.

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Rummenigge is said to have opened talks with ?Juventus’ president Andrea Agnelli over a potential deal involving Dybala, which could take place in either the January or summer transfer window.

Both Rummenigge and Agnelli are on good terms, but discussions regarding Dybala have not progressed any further than informal conversations.

Juventus would be looking at ?Rodriguez as a direct replacement for Dybala should he make the move over to Germany. This indicates that, if a deal were to be agreed, it is more likely to take place in the summer rather than in January.

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Dybala has started his season with Juventus well and has seemingly not been deterred by the summer arrival of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 24-year-old has notched six goals from 12 appearances in all competitions, which included a spectacular hat-trick against Young Boys in the Champions League in September.

As for Rodriguez, he has not been quite so lethal in front of goal and has been part of a Bayern side which has been uncharacteristically poor so far this season.

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Three goals in all competitions so far is by no means a terrible return, but he will be desperate to prove his worth to Bayern before the end of the season.

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