Manchester City begin their latest tilt at the Champions League with a trip to the Allianz Arena, hoping to win there in the group stage for the second season in succession.
Reaching the knockout stages of this competition for the first time last term represented steady progress for the Premier League champions, but with the quality that exists within the squad, they should be aiming higher in 2014-15. That is despite being given a tough group which also includes CSKA Moscow and Roma.
Here, they can draw great inspiration from their win in Munich in December 2013, where they came from two goals down to register a memorable victory. City will come into this match with no fear, but it remains to be seen if Manuel Pellegrini will adapt his attack-minded tactics, having unsuccessfully done so against Barcelona last season.
The defence of the Premier League has got off to an average start, as they have taken just one point from their last two games against Stoke City and Arsenal, taking their total to seven from a possible 12. Sergio Aguero was among the goals again on Saturday, and he will be crucial to their chances of taking something from this match, as well as captain Vincent Kompany.
Bayern have begun their Bundesliga campaign with two wins and a draw, with goals from Mario Gotze and Franck Ribery sealing a 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart at the weekend. Manager Josep Guardiola will be intent on winning this competition this season, having fallen emphatically to Real Madrid at his first attempt.
Ribery misses out for the hosts as Guardiola is unwilling to risk him. There are also doubts over Arjen Robben, who has a knee problem.
Pellegrini serves a touchline ban for a Man City side without striker Stevan Jovetic and right-back Pablo Zabaleta.
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