Bayern vs Olympiacos Prediction: Bayern to begin life after Kovac

Bayern to start life after Niko Kovac
Bayern to start life after Niko Kovac

Stadium: Allianz Arena

Betting Odds: Bayern 1.18; Draw 9.00 ; Olympiacos 16.00

Probability of Win: Bayern 51%; Draw 23% ; Olympiacos 26%

Bayern Munich and Olympiacos are at the top and the bottom of the table in Group B, with 9 points and 1 point respectively. This means win or draw for Bayern would see them through to the next round, where as the results would force Olympiacos elimination from Champions league.

Bayern Munich

Injury Concern: Süle (knee) Hernández (ankle), Arp (wrist)

Predicted XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Pavard, Martínez, Alaba; Tolisso, Thiago, Müller; Coman, Gnabry, Lewandowski

Bayern Munich resume life after Niko Kovac following their 5-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt, with a meeting with Greek side Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday night. This was their most significant loss in the Bundesliga in a decade.

Having dismissed the German on Sunday night, Bayern players are likely to head into this game at the Allianz Arena, not knowing who their next permanent manager will be.

Bayern Munich have won all their games in Champions League Group B. That’s taken them five points clear and they host Olympiakos who are bottom with just one point. The German champions have already scored 13 goals in their three group matches. A win over Olympiakos will take them to 12 points and qualify them for the knock-out stages. 


Injury Concern: Valbuena (unspecified), Cissé (infection)

Predicted XI: Sá; Elabdellaoui, Semedo, Papadopoulos, Tsimikas; Guilherme, Benzia, Camara; Podence, Masouras; Guerrero

In Olympiacos, Bayern come up against a potentially sticky opponent who will enter this game feeling that they have nothing to lose after managing just one point from their first three games in Europe this term.

Olympiacos came from behind to draw 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur in September. The performance against Bayern was ended in a a 3-2 defeat, during which the Piraeus side created several chances and were unlucky to go away from the game empty-handed. That game, incidentally, left Bayern supporters questioning Kovac more than ever before. The Frankfurt game proved to be decider for Kovac.

Aside from long-term absentees Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Konstantinos Fortounis and Pape Abou Cisse, coach Pedro Martins has a fully fit squad. Yassine Meriah is likely to be recalled at centre-back ahead of veteran Avraam Papadopoulos, while Valbuena will surely return to the starting line-up after missing the reverse fixture.