- It’s Matchday 6 in the UEFA Champions League next week
- Group B is sorted but Spurs after revenge from 7-2 thumping
- Bayern unsurprisingly massive favorites to beat Spurs
The top two in Group B meet in Munich next Wednesday, December 11 at 3:00 pm EST, with both already assured of a place on the UEFA Champions League knockout phase. But for Spurs there is a score to be settled.
The reverse fixture in north London – a thumping 7-2 win for Bayern – was effectively the beginning of the end for Mauricio Pochettino, who was eventually sacked as Tottenham manager, just six months after leading them to their first-ever UEFA Champions League final. It was the stuff of nightmares for everyone involved with Spurs and they will be desperate to consign that result to the history books by earning a good result in Munich.
Bayern Munich vs Tottenham UCL Odds
|Bayern Munich||-1.0 (-122)||-196||O 3.5 (+100)|
|Tottenham||+1.0 (+106)||+440||U 3.5 (-116)|
Odds taken on Dec. 6
Bayern’s -196 for the win with sportsbooks reflects their dominance in the group and extends beyond their emphatic and surprising win at the new White Hart Lane. Five wins from five has set them apart from the other three teams and while they haven’t had it all their way in this season’s Bundesliga – they are currently fourth – they have definitely saved their best performances for the Champions League.
For a massive club like Bayern who have won five Champions League/European cups, the wait for another has gone on too long; the last one being back in 2013 when they beat Borussia Dortmund in an all-German final. This time around, sportsbooks are offering them as fifth favorites at +750 – something worth considering.
Stroll for Bayern
The Germans laid down an early marker when they opened their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Red Star Belgrade, goals coming from Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. With Tottenham drawing in Greece against Olympiacos on that same night, Bayern took immediate hold of the group and never looked back.
Matchday 2 took their dominance of the group to a completely new level and their 7-2 win in north London was one that reverberated around the soccer world. Tottenham actually took an early lead through Heung-Min Son, but the German champions hit back in the most brutal way possible, exposing all the defensive frailties of Spurs to a frightening degree. The hat-trick from ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry, the brace from Lewandowski and another from Joshua Kimmich effectively signaled the beginning of the end for Pochettino.
Comfortable wins, home and away, against Olympiacos followed for Bayern and assured them safe passage through to the next phase, and they were at it again on Matchday 5 when they won 6-0 in Belgrade.
Some Good, Some Horrific for Spurs
Tottenham’s campaign has been representative of their overall season so far: some good moments and some horrific moments but they managed to do what was needed to qualify for the next phase of the competition. The signs were not promising from the word go, however, when they made hard work of their trip to Olympiacos. Despite going 2-0 up through Lucas Moura and Harry Kane, they were pegged back by the Greeks and were lucky to hang on for a 2-2 draw.
What happened next in their own stadium on Matchday 2 needs no further explanation but to their credit they bounced back well in their following game, at home to Red Star, overcoming some early nervousness to win 5-0. They almost repeated the feat in Belgrade, winning 4-0 in emphatic fashion and effectively securing their route through to the knockout stages.
Matchday 5 was Jose Mourinho’s home bow, and he saw the best and worst of his new charges with them going 2-0 down early on before then playing some tremendous stuff to eventually win the game 4-2.
Back at Old Trafford.
— Goal (@goal) December 4, 2019
Beware the Mourinho Factor
So, while this one should be a home win with some comfort – at least according to the form book and their previous encounter – the Mourinho factor should be taken into account. If there is one thing the Portuguese maestro is good at, it’s setting up a team to play away from home in Europe. It’s how he made his name.
While Bayern will be hoping to maintain their 100% record, with the job already done they may take their foot off the throttle. For Spurs, there is still a significant amount of hurt remaining from the first game and they’ll be wanting to put that right. Motivation won’t be an issue. So, I’m going big here and going for the Spurs win.
Pick: Tottenham to win (+440)