- Group B’s two big names go head-to-head
- Tottenham looking to bounce back from a lukewarm start to the season
- Bayern looking to recreate the team’s glory years
Group B’s big two meet in north London next week on Tuesday, October 1, both hoping to build on the points gained on Matchday 1. For Spurs, it was only a single point after they blew a two-goal lead against Olympiakos in Athens, but for Bayern, it was plain sailing as they eased past Red Star Belgrade with a 3-0 win at the Allianz Arena.
Both are expected and expecting to reach the knockout stages, so will be keen not to lose this one. We’ll take a look and see if there’s any value anywhere.
Tottenham vs Bayern Munich UCL Matchday 2 Odds
|Team||Spread||Moneyline||Total||Odds to Win Champions League|
|Tottenham||pk +0.5 (-118)||+176||O 3 (+100)||+2800|
|Bayern Munich||pk -0.5 (+102)||+133||U 2 (-116)||+1000|
Odds taken on September 25, 2019.
This early part of the new season hasn’t gone as Tottenham either hoped or planned. After getting to last season’s Champions League final – they lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the final – and finally moving into their state-of-the-art new stadium, Spurs fans were hoping this would be the season when the club finally kicked on and challenged the elite of the English and European game.
But so far it hasn’t happened.
Their summer transfer window was quiet by most clubs’ standards but by Tottenham’s the signings of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon and Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham represented a significant step forward. Sadly for them, that step up to the next level is yet to materialize and their lukewarm start to the campaign has led to many questions being asked of Mauricio Pochettinno’s men.
With just two home wins, two draws and two defeats in the league so far, the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is not the positive, vibrant place they hoped it would be and it was certainly not helped this week when a much-changed but still strong Tottenham team was knocked out of the Carabao (League) Cup on penalties by League Two Colchester United.
Add to that a Champions League opener that saw them throw away that two-goal lead in Athens, and this one against Bayern becomes massive for the Lillywhites. It’s one Pochettino’s men dare not lose.
Tottenham vs Bayern Munich Match-Ups
|121/224||Number of European wins / Number of games||262/469|
|436/1.95||Number European goals scored / Per game||936/2.00|
|233/1.04||Number of European goals conceded / Per game||488/1.04|
|3||Number of European trophies won||7|
|2||Number of domestic league titles won||29|
|5||Number of European finals||12|
For Bayern, this season signals the beginning of a new era with the double-departure of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery – their two talismanic wide-attackers – giving new faces the chance to establish themselves in the famous red shirts.
Coach Nico Kovac has given his team a fresh look throughout, not just up front, but it’s the positions once filled by Ribery and Robben that have attracted the most interest. The early signs are that those stripes will be handed to Ivan Perisic and Kingsley Coman, but it’s a transition that needs time if early season results are anything to go by.
Three wins and two draws would, for most teams, signal a good start to the season but this is Bayern and every dropped point is both unexpected and scrutinized. At the time of writing, they are second in the Bundesliga behind RB Leipzig, with whom they drew 1-1, but their 4-0 win over Cologne last weekend suggests they are starting to find some form.
In their Champions League opener, they made light work of Red Star and will be hoping their improving form and a stuttering Tottenham will give them the edge in this one.
But for me, this may be Spurs’ chance for redemption. The new stadium will be rocking and those Tottenham players who took the team to last season’s Champions League final don’t suddenly become bad players overnight. The backlash from the Colchester game may well serve to galvanize them as a club and I can see them edging this by the odd goal.
My pick: Tottenham to win (+176)