AEK Athens vs FC Bayern Munich SOCCER PICKS
AEK Athens and Bayern München meet at Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Bayern München presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team arrives at this 3rd round of the Group and in the 4th position, without any conquered points, after 2 defeats. In their first match in this group stage they lost out to Ajax, by (3-0). In the 2nd round, they lost at home to Benfica by (2-3). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses as a visitor. against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match that they disputed, for the Super league, they beat Apollon Smirnis away by (0-2). In the last 10 home matches AEK Athens has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 6 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition.
The AEK is a club that never managed to conquer a European title and that never passed the group stage of the Champions League, having as major achievements of its history the twelve titles of the Super League of Greece. In this season, the team went through two previous rounds until reaching the group stage of the Champions League, eliminating the Scottish giant Celtic and Fehérvár, one of the main clubs in Hungary. In the last five games that the AEK played in their stadium, if we count all the competitions, both the AEK and their rivals scored goals in four of these games and in three they scored more than 2.5 goals. We believe that the AEK will play a more intense game and that the scoreboard will be opened in the first half.
The visiting team arrives at this 3rd round of the Group and in the 2nd position, with 4 points won, after 1 win and 1 draw. In their first match in this group stage they won in an away match against Benfica by (0-2). In the 2nd round, they drew at home against Ajax by (1-1). This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Wolfsburg by (1-3). In the last 10 away matches Bayern München has won 8 and lost 2. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 27 of the last 30 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 21 out of 30 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 4 times, but got the comeback in 2.
Bayern Munich is a great German football club and one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Account with twenty-eight titles of the Bundesliga (German Championship), eighteen DFB Pokal, besides some titles at national level. At the international level he has already won five UEFA Champions League, one European League, one UEFA Super Cup, among other international titles. Bayern was Bundesliga champion 2017/18 and now in the Bundesliga 2018/19, although not among the first, is a strong team with a lot of offensive power. We believe that Bayern Munich has all the conditions to score goals in the first half of the game, because it has high quality players, who can score goals at any time.