Bayern Munich vs TottenhamUEFA Champions League, KO: 20:00 Dec 11, 2019, Allianz Arena
THE top two in Group B go toe-to-toe on Wednesday night when Bayern Munich welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Allianz Arena.
Both teams have comfortably secured qualification to the knockout-phase and as such this clash has all the hallmarks of a dead rubber – Bayern are already assured of finishing top of the pile.
The German giants have bossed Group B from the off having won all five of their fixtures to date whilst firing in 21 goals in the process.
Seven of that lofty total came in the reverse fixture in London when Bayern shredded Spurs 7-2 – a result that was the beginning of the end for former Spurs manager Mauricio Potchettino.
Jose Mourinho has since taken up the Tottenham Hotspur hot-seat and the “Special One” has generated the famed “new manager bounce” by steering Spurs to four wins in his opening five matches at the helm.
However, Bayern's flawless start to their European campaign was not enough to prevent the axe falling on their former boss Niko Kovac who was relieved of his duties last month with his assistant Hansi Flick having since been installed as interim manager of Die Roten.
Flick appeared to have steadied the ship, however, back-to back Bundesliga defeats saw Bayern end the weekend in unfamiliar territory of seventh place in the German top-fight.
The Betting Odds
Domestically, all is not well at the Allianz Arena, however, the bookmakers make Bayern big favourites at 4/9 (Betway) to make it six Group B wins on the spin.
The Betting Angles
Spurs marching into Munich as big outsiders can be pinned on Mourinho making it known that talisman Harry Kane, among others, will be given the night off on Wednesday.
One man who has rarely featured under Mourinho is defender Danny Rose and should the left-back be given a run out against Bayern then I like the look of the 11/5 (PaddyPower) on offer for Rose to receive a booking.
Bayern have a number of pacey wingers and adept full-backs and given that Rose has been cautioned five times in 10 league appearances this term, I suspect that the English full-back could be susceptible to a customary caution when trying to tame the likes of Kinglsey Coman and Co.
Yet, even if the Londoners field an unrecognisable starting XI, I still fancy Spurs to find the back of the net against what could also be make-shift Munich backline.
Flick had to field a patched up defence during Saturday's 2-1 defeat away at Monchengladbach and that coupled with the fact that Spurs have fired in 16 goals in five games under Mourinho has me attracted to the 5/6 (Bet 365) on offer for Spurs to make the net bulge before the 66th minute – something the Lilywhites have managed in all five games of the Mourinho era thus far.
Although I wouldn't back against Bayern to bring the curtain down on Group B with yet another European success, I'm more inclined to go for goals in Bavaria given the attacking threat that both sides carry, as well as each sides respective ropey rearguards.
With that in mind, I'm going to revisit a bet that I successfully tipped in the reverse fixture by backing both teams to score and over 2.5 match goals which pays 4/5 (Bet 365) – a punt that would have banked profit in Bayern's last two outings and four of Spurs' last five fixtures.
This UEFA Champions League match between Bayern Munich and Tottenham will be played on Dec 11, 2019 and kick off at 20:00