Lille – Bayern M. 23.10.2012
Lille started the Champions League campaign with two consecutive defeats. In the first round they lost 1:3 from Belarus champion BATE, while in the second lost 0:2 from Valencia.
On other side Bayern started with 2:1 victory over Valencia, but after that lost 1:3 from BATE. This match is extremely important for both teams. Lille must try to win or their dreams about one of the first two places and knock-out stage will be finished. Bayern on other side must prove the match in Belarus was just a bad moment. They are the actual vice-champions in this competition and their ambitions are again connect with the trophy. Since I am expecting an open match at Stade Metropole, my choice is Over 2.5 goals.
The coach Rudi Garcia will be missing Mathieu Debuchy due to suspension. He was sent off on the previous match against Valencia. Rio Mavuba is sidelined due to injury, while Idrissa Gueye is doubtful. I already wrote Bayern have one victory and one defeat in the first two rounds. However, something else is important for my pick.
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The coach Jupp Heynckes is satisfied with the last performance of his players. Bayern obtained a high 5:0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf in Bundesliga on Saturday. Thomas Muller scored two goals, while the remaining three were scored by Mario Mandzukic, Luiz Gustavo and Rafinha. I am sure the atmosphere in the squad is positive again.
As conclusion, I expect an open approach from both teams. Lille have no points after the first two rounds, so they have to attack and try to win here. But that will open lot of space for Bayern players. Muller, Kroos, Ribery and Mandzukic are very dangerous in the attack and that is why I am expecting at least three goals here.