Defending Champions League winners Bayern Munich will play host to Manchester City on Tuesday in the two clubs' final Group D showdown before the knockout stage.
Both the Bavarians and Citizens have already clinched berths in the Round of 16, but the group winner has yet to be decided. Bayern currently lead City by three points and would have to lose by a considerable margin on Tuesday in order to finish as runners-up.
Despite the stiff opposition, Bayern will be heavy favourites when they take to the pitch in Tuesday's group stage finale. The reigning Bundesliga champions have won all five of their Champions League group matches this year, outscoring their opponents by a combined mark of 15-2.
But if there's a squad capable of cutting the German juggernaut back down to size, it's Manchester City, who have set the Premier League ablaze this season, scoring a league-leading 41 goals in 15 matches.
With the stage set, here we'll get you set with everything you need to know for Tuesday's pivotal Champions League tilt.
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. GMT
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Watch: Fox Soccer Plus (U.S.), Sky Sports 2 (U.K.)
Bayern Munich: 64.6 percent
Manchester City: 14.6 percent
Draw: 20.9 percent
*Odds according to Bloomberg Sports.
Top Storyline: Pep Guardiola Not Taking Any Chances
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola isn't ready to let off the gas pedal just because his side has already clinched a berth in the Champions League knockout stage.
Although Manchester City would have to rout Bayern on Tuesday in order to finish atop the group, Guardiola has admitted that second place isn't an option for the defending champions, per ESPN FC:
I have a lot of confidence in my team, but I also know how dangerous Manchester City are. They have incredible players; they can get three or four chances within a few minutes. So we have to really look out for that.
My players have to really concentrate and be aware of the situation. We have a very big chance to be first in the group and that is what we have to aim for.
While it remains to be seen whether Guardiola's sense of urgency will translate to his players on the pitch, it's clear that Bayern are aware of the dangers that City present in the final third. Led by the gifted Sergio Aguero, who has accounted for six of City's 15 Champions League goals, the Citizens have been known to score goals in bunches.
It's worth noting that City boss Manuel Pellegrini could opt to sit Aguero and some of his other stars out on Tuesday with a pivotal Premier League matchup against Arsenal on tap for Saturday.
Pellegrini has hinted at the possibility, according to SkySports.com's Pete O'Rourke, but has yet to make any guarantees.
Which side will prevail?
Although Bayern are a near-lock to win Group D, it's highly unlikely the reigning champions will bring anything other than their A-game on Tuesday evening.
The fact that the Bavarians will be playing at home is even more reason to pick them. After all, Bayern have been outright dominant at the Allianz Arena in 2013-14, dismantling domestic league and Champions League foes there since the season began.
As far as the matchup is concerned, Bayern have proven in the past that they are the superior of the two clubs. They won the first meeting 3-1 at Etihad Stadium back on Oct. 2, retaining the ball for two-thirds of the match and recording 21 total shots to just nine for City.
Expect Tuesday's meeting to be slightly closer on the scoreboard, but still produce a similar outcome.
Bayern Munich 2, Manchester City 1
Follow Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Patrick Clarke on Twitter.