Bayern Munich will look to move one step closer to repeating as winners of the Champions League in a rematch with Viktoria Plzen. When the clubs met two weeks ago, Franck Ribery scored twice as Bayern cruised to a 5-0 victory.
The Czech squad, which captured the Gambrinus Liga title last season, hopes to provide a tougher test for one of Europe's top clubs at home. Plzen still face an uphill battle, however, simply because the talent gap between the two sides is so large.
For Bayern, the biggest question mark is what type of lineup manager Pep Guardiola will settle on given the club's dominance in the first matchup and their busy schedule. Resting players is a juggling act the club handled well en route to the treble last season.
With that in mind, here's a glance at all the key viewing information for the Champions League clash, followed by a look at the top storyline and a match prediction.
Where: Doosan Arena in Plzen, Czech Republic
When: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. GMT)
Watch: Fox Sports Net and Sky Sports Red Button
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Match Forecast (via Bloomberg Sports)
Bayern Munich: 73.2 percent
Viktoria Plzen: 7.5 percent
Draw: 19.3 percent
Top Storyline: Can any club slow down the reigning UCL champions?
Bayern Munich have not suffered from even the slightest treble hangover. They have started the new campaign with as much dominance as they ended the last one, using their remarkable depth and chemistry to systematically destroy just about every opponent put in front of them.
The group stage is only half over, and a lot of things can change between now and next spring, but it's fair to wonder if Bayern are on their way to another remarkable run to multiple titles. It's a sight to behold when they are in top form.
Make no mistake, several clubs around Europe are playing extremely well in the early going. Spanish giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are all off to hot starts. The same goes for Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and several clubs from England.
When Bayern are at their best, however, they are seemingly a step above the rest. Beating a solid opponent like Viktoria Plzen without breaking a sweat is an example of that. When they needed another gear, they found it, and that's been the case for over a year now.
The only question is whether Bayern can maintain that form for an entire campaign for the second season in a row.
Plzen did well in the early portion of the first meeting to neutralize the Bayern attack with a strong defensive effort led by Vaclav Prochazka and Marian Cisovsky. After a while, FCB broke down the wall and they took complete control.
Even though playing at home should give Plzen a boost, Bayern have been playing too well to pick against them right now. Expect them to score another convincing victory as they keep rolling toward another deep Champions League run.
Bayern Munich 4, Viktoria Plzen 0
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