Bayern Munich are one of five teams still perfect in the Champions League group stage at the halfway mark and, thanks to the other results they could secure their spot in the knockout stages with two games to spare. Julian Nagelsmann’s side are currently six points clear of third-placed Barcelona and know victory in Plzen, coupled with the Blaugrana dropping points against Inter Milan would seal passage to the last 16.
But they go into this game off the back of a crushing result at the weekend. Although it was a draw, Bayern were 2-0 up against their Klassiker rivals Borussia Dortmund and lost their three points with virtually the final touch of the game when Anthony Modeste equalised. The result kept the defending champions third in the Bundesliga, four points behind early leaders Union Berlin.
Viktoria Plzen are top of the Czech First League with 26 points from their opening 10 games, still unbeaten and four points clear of their closest challengers with a game in hand. They are the reigning Czech champions after ending Slavia Prague’s three-year stranglehold and had to come through three qualifying rounds to reach the Champions League group stage.
But their return to the Champions League group stage, after four years, isn’t going to plan. Back in 2018/19 Viktoria Plzen finished third in their group and dropped into the Europa League, but after three matches even that seems like a long shot. The Czech side have lost all three of their games so far, conceding 12 goals and scoring just once, in their opening 5-1 defeat to Barcelona.
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Viktoria Plzen vs Bayern Munich match stats
In their three Champions League group stage matches so far, Viktoria Plzen have faced 32 shots on target, more than any other side this season. In the reverse fixture last week, Bayern had 13 shots on target, the most Viktoria Plzen had faced in a single game since 2013 when Bayern had 18 vs the Czech side.
Leroy Sane has been directly involved in 16 goals in his past 13 Champions League games, scoring 10 and providing six assists. The German has also found the net in all three matches this season, scoring four times.
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