UEFA Champions League Match Previews: Group D

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Updated: September 24, 2013
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Like a hurricane wreaking havoc on a floodplain, the UEFA Champions League group stage debuted in strong winds of fan support and powerful thunders of pitch displays. Particularly in Group D, breathtaking goals were scored by the cluster’s top members and are seen to still do equally well in their future stunts. The following are match previews for this group that will help football supporters ascertain which side or sides will have the upper hand in the competition. The meetings will be held on October 2.

 

Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich

 

A geyser of stellar goals in just ten minutes swept Manchester City to victory over Czech Viktoria Plzeň in the Premier League group stage debut, hinting a very good start for Group D. This marks the English club’s impressive improvement from last season, where they finished at the bottom of their cluster. Between the 48th and 58th minutes, Edin Džeko, Yaya Touré, and Sergio Agüero delivered strong goals against their rivals, and by the end of the tourney, none of the Czechs were able to cancel out even just one of the goals. This inks Plzeň’s first defeat in 15 competitive matches this season. At the English Premier League, meanwhile, City have already accumulated 10 points from five fixtures, winning in three, drawing in one, and losing in another one.

 

For the German defending winners, the Champions League is yet another opportunity to satisfy the football enthusiasms of their global supporters. At the Group stage, Bayern Munich got their title defense off to a winning start with a genius defeat of Russia’s CSKA Moscow. David Alaba’s powerful free-kick in the fourth minute gave his side a good platform to brilliantly open the scoring, with Mario Mandžukić cementing his squad’s first half dominance with a solid goal netted in the 41st minute. After the restart, the Germans remained in control but were made to wait until midway through the second half for Arjen Robben to complete the scoring and put Bayern in the upper half of the early Group D standings. As for their Bundesliga form, the players stay undefeated with five out of six matches sent to the winning zone and just one tourney held to a draw.

 

Football betting tip: In this round, football enthusiasts must expect a ferocious encounter. The English and German linchpins have been proving their strengths over and over again, and a clash that will gauge their capacities is a crucial factor at this very stage. A draw will never get out of the sight for this meeting, but given Bayern’s monumental advocacy to defend their title, the Germans might lord this tourney over in a narrow 2-1 finish.

 

CSKA Moscow vs. Viktoria Plzeň

 

Burried beneath the commanding shadows of Manchester City, Viktoria Plzeň had their encounter with the English players dismayingly terrible. At this level of the tournament, the Czech side are already realizing what a serious competition they have been thrown into. Goals from Edin Džeko, Yaya Touré, and Sergio Agüero were the only innings scored in the competition, causing Plzeň to fall to their knees in their own home court. In the domestic league, however, the side are maintaining a good Gambrinus Liga form, having been able to win six of their nine matches and leaving the remainder in draws.

 

Like Plzeň, CSKA Moscow also debuted in the group stage rather ill. The Russians were beaten by German powerhouse, Bayern Munich, in a spectacular finish at the Allianz Arena. Alaba, Mandžukić, and Robben all scored one goal apiece for the German side while their opponents bade farewell in the pitch with zero goals. In the Russian top-flight league, meanwhile, Moscow are currently ranked third after accumulating a total score of 20 points from six wins, two draws, and one loss.

 

Football betting tip: While both sides have been rendered poor in their group stage debut, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzeň are looking forward to a good second appearance. None of them are actually better or inferior of the other as both clubs hurl respective weakness and strengths that are almost of equal caliber. Therefore, for this round, a stalemate will be sealed right before the final whistle is blown.