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Bayern do not underestimate Olympiacos task

"This game is a bit like a final for us," remarked Josep Guardiola, knowing a win for his Bayern side against Olympiacos would guarantee them top spot in Group F.

Josep Guardiola knows Olympiacos are serious opponents
Josep Guardiola knows Olympiacos are serious opponents ©Getty Images
  • Josep Guardiola hopes early goal can undermine buoyant visitors
  • German champions have won all but two of their games this season
  • Draw will take both sides through; Bayern will finish first in Group F with victory
  • Olympiacos can reach last 16 for second time in three years
  • Bayern scored two late goals in 3-0 win at Olympiacos on matchday one

Possible lineups
Bayern:
Neuer; Lahm, Martínez, Boateng, Rafinha (Alaba); Xabi Alonso, Vidal, Robben, Müller, Douglas Costa; Lewandowski.
Out: Bernat (groin) Thiago Alcántara (knee), Götze (groin), Ribéry (ankle)
Doubtful: Alaba (ankle)

Olympiacos: Roberto; Elabdellaoui, Da Costa, Siovas, Masuaku (Salino); Cambiasso, Milivojević, Kasami; Sebá (Pardo), Fortounis; Ideye.
Out: Botía (hamstring), Bouchalakis (thigh)
Doubtful: Maniatis (knee), Domínguez (hamstring)

Highlights: Olympiacos 0-3 Bayern
Highlights: Olympiacos 0-3 Bayern

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
We know how strong Olympiacos are. They play good football. This game is a bit like a final for us. We can qualify for the next round as the top side in the group [if we win]. They will not allow us much space, especially in front of their goal. Their wingers are very quick and they have some tall players too. We have to take the right decisions and we obviously want to score as early as possible.

Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach
We arrive here with the same feelings that we had when we arrived in London [to face Arsenal on matchday two]. But Bayern are a stronger team than Arsenal – perhaps the strongest team in the world. Bayern were always group favourites but no one would have guessed that we'd be second after four games. We will fight right until the end and try to get something here in Munich.

Javi Martínez heads in against Schalke
Javi Martínez heads in against Schalke©Getty Images

Weekend results
Schalke 1-3 Bayern München (Meyer 17; Alaba 9, Javi Martínez 69, Müller 90+2)
Bayern's 12th victory in 13 undefeated Bundesliga contests this season means they are eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the summit.

Panathinaikos P-P Olympiacos
The derby was abandoned before kick-off because of crowd disturbances.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Bayern: WWWDWW
Olympiacos: WWWDWW

Reporter's view: Jordan Maciel
A point apiece will seal both sides' qualification for the knockout stage, but don't expect Bayern to take it easy on their opponents given a home win will clinch the group. Olympiacos will fancy their chances of progress, yet will do well to take anything home from Munich.

Did you know?
Bayern's record in eight games against Greek clubs is won six, drawn two; find out more in our extensive match background.