Bayern Munich vs OlympiakosUEFA Champions League, KO: 17:55 Nov 6, 2019, Allianz Arena
BAYERN Munich's perfect start to their Champions League campaign was not enough to prevent the axe falling on Niko Kovac who parted company with the German giants on Sunday night.
The Croat was under mounting pressure and Saturday's 5-1 thumping away at Frankfurt proved to be the final straw for the Bayern hierarchy.
The Bavarians latest setback seen them slip to fourth place in the Bundesliga after only managing to win half of their opening 10 games in the German top-flight to date.
Kovac's assistant Hansi Flick will take charge of Bayern's heavyweight showdown with Boruissa Dortmund this weekend , however, before that mouthwatering meeting, Die Roten have the opportunity to reach the last-16 of the Champions League when they host Olympiakos.
The Greeks were put to the sword by Bayern on matchday three when the Germans ran out 3-2 winners in what was an absorbing contest in Athens.
Consequently, Olympikaos currently lie bottom of Group B with a solitary point that was picked up at home to Spurs and it's looking increasingly likely that a third-place finish and a Europa League parachute represents the Greeks best chance of being involved in European competition come the new year.
The Piraeus club currently lead the way in the Greek Super League where they are undefeated in nine outings, however, they could face the wrath of a bruised Bayern Munich team inside the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.
The five-time European champions are big favourites at 1/6 (UniBet) to make it four wins on the bounce in Group B and book their place in the knockout phase with two games to spare.
Olympiakos will take confidence from their display against Bayern a fortnight ago, however, the Greek champions are a towering 16/1 (Ladbrokes) to triumph in southern Germany and the draw is also deemed unlikely at 7/1 (BetVictor)
Following Bayern's 5-1 humbling at the hands of Frankfurt the hosts will be hurting and that does not bode well for an Olympiakos rearguard who will be coming up against the top-scoring team in this season's Champions League.
Bayern have banged in 13 goals in their three European assignments this season so far and I fancy the home side to strike early in this encounter by backing the Bavarians to be leading after 30 minutes at an eye-catching Evens (Coral)
Bayern's formidable front-three of Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry and Robet Lewandowski brilliantly shredded Spurs and such a potent attack should be capable of firing Flick's team into the lead by the time the clock hits the half hour mark in Munich.
The aforementioned Lewandowski is currently striking at record-breaking pace and that perhaps explains why the Bayern talisman is as short as 7/4 (Betfred) to score first and 1/4 (Bet 365) to score anytime.
The prolific Pole entered the Bundesliga record books on Saturday by becoming the first player in German top-flight history to hit the back of the net in the opening ten league games of the season.
The Polish goal-getter has scored 20 goals in 16 matches across all competitions this season – two of which came in Greece two weeks ago – and I fancy the on-fire forward to fill his boots against Olympiakos.
Indeed, there is no value in backing Lewandowski to score first or at anytime, however, the 3/1 (William Hill) on offer the Munich goal-machine to score in both halves could be worth a flutter – a bet that would have banked profit in Bayern's last two Group B outings.
In conjunction with that an alternative angle to consider in sourcing some value from a home success could be to utilise Bet 365's Bet Builder by combing a Bayern Munich win, Over 2 Bayern goals and the lethal Lewandowski to score anytime which pays 4/5 (Bet 365) – a combination that has landed in all three of Bayern's matches in this section thus far.
This UEFA Champions League match between Bayern Munich and Olympiakos will be played on Nov 6, 2019 and kick off at 17:55