On Tuesday evening, a familiar face will return to the Allianz Arena, and the Bundesliga winners will be looking to win against their former striker.
The much-anticipated Robert Lewandowski retaliation game will begin in the Champions League on Tuesday, when Barcelona visits Bayern in Group C.
It would be interesting to watch how Lewandowski is received upon his return to Germany, given the unusual manner in which he left.
Both teams won their first game in the group, with Barcelona defeating Plze and Bayern defeating Inter Milan on the road.
Bayern has won the last three Champions League encounters between the two clubs, including two 3-0 victory last year that resulted in Barcelona’s elimination from the competition.
Let’s dive in on the best bets and odds for this week’s matchup between Bayern and Barcelona.
3-way handicap: Bayern Munich (-130) | Draw (+333) | Barcelona (+275)
Over/Under Goals: Over 3.5 ( -110) | Under 3.5 (-125)
Both Teams to Score: Yes (-250) | No (+170)
The home team is the clear favourite in this match, and with good reason: Bayern Munich has regularly been one of Europe’s finest clubs. Barcelona has started the season nicely with their new signings, but it is still too early to declare that they have returned to the elite.
The total has been set at 3.5, and both teams to score has been juiced all the way to -250, indicating that the oddsmakers anticipate this will be a high-scoring contest.
This will be a back-and-forth match, with Barcelona attempting to maintain possession and Bayern looking to capitalise on counter-attacks. Alphonso Davies, their quick left defender, generally leads the counter.
Sadio Mané, Lewandowski’s substitute, has done well in Germany, scoring three goals so far this season. He is flanked by Leroy Sané and Kingsley Coman, forming a quick three-man attack.
However, veteran Thomas Müller is a major component of their offence. He will connect the action in the midfield and pass the ball to the wingers.
Julian Nagelsmann has not been shy to change the formation in the middle of a game, especially when Serge Gnabry comes onto the pitch, so it will be important to monitor that during the game.
All eyes will be on Lewandowski but another impressive player so far for Barcelona this season has been Ousmane Dembélé.
His creativity and skill on the wing have created numerous scoring chances for the team. If Barcelona are to take a point on the road, then he could be the key factor.