- It’s Matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League
- Bayern Munich are in control of Group B
- Olympiakos rooted to the bottom of the group
It’s top versus bottom in UEFA Champions League Group B, when Greek champions Olympiakos visit the Allianz Arena in Munich on Wednesday, November 6, KO 1:55 pm EST.
Bayern Munich have all but qualified for the knockout stages with three wins from their opening three games but for the Greeks there is a long tough road ahead if they are to make the top two.
Bayern Munich vs Olympiakos UCL Odds
|Bayern Munich||-2.0, -2.5 (-109)||-588||O 3.5, 4.0 (-112)||-5000|
|Olympiakos||+2.0, +2.5 (-107)||+1100||U 3.5, 4.0 (-104)||+50000|
Odds taken on October 30, 2019
Bayern are unsurprisingly massive favorites for this one and also huge odds-on favorites to win the group. Olympiakos, in contrast, are massive outsiders in this game and at 50/1 to win the group are highly unlikely to find their way through to the group stages. Books have them at a huge 11/1 to win at the Allianz Arena.
As things stand, defeat for Olympiakos will officially end any chance they have of making it out of the group but let’s not write them off just yet as despite having only a single point so far they only have a -3 goal difference. They have also managed to average more than a goal a game.
Bayern on the March
So far, this group has been an absolute breeze for the German champions and they already have one foot in the knockout stages. From the word go they have been in total command, starting with a more-than-comfortable opening day 3-0 home win against Red Star Belgrade, goals from Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.
But, while that opening win was routine, their first away win in London on Matchday 2 was anything but. A sensational 7-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur sent shockwaves across Europe as last season’s finalists were dismissed in the most ruthless fashion possible.
Serge Gnabry, formerly of Arsenal, was the star turn with a hattrick but it was a Bayern performance of all-round quality and one that heaped further pressure on the already-struggling north Londoners.
They followed this up with an equally impressive, if less spectacular, win in Athens, beating Olympiakos 3-2 helped by a brace from Lewandowski.
In Matchday 4, in the reverse fixture, they will look to do a similarly ruthless job.
Olympiakos Under the Pump
The Greek champions made a bright start to the group with a fine comeback in their Matchday 1 home tie with Tottenham. Despite the Londoners taking a 2-0 lead, they fought back well and pulled level before the hour mark, ending the game in the ascendency and disappointed to not have won it.
Unfortunately for them, they were unable to build on this in their away trip to Belgrade – their most ‘winnable’ away game on paper – and despite the game being finely balanced at 1-1 as the game entered its final three minutes, Red Star’s two late goals denied them a valuable point.
So, despite only having earned a point, the Olympiakos performance level has been solid and even the home defeat by Bayern saw them make life far more difficult for the Germans than it had been for them in north London.
So, while there is no reason to suggest Bayern’s 100-percent run is going to be broken, this will be much closer than many expect. Olympiakos will head to Germany without fear and with nothing to lose, so don’t expect an avalanche of goals.
My pick: Bayern to win 2-1