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Bayern looking to hold off City at summit

FC Bayern München are looking to cement first place in Group D when they host a Manchester City FC side who need a big win in Munich to leapfrog the reigning champions.

Pep Guardiola has already guided Bayern to a 3-1 away success against City
Pep Guardiola has already guided Bayern to a 3-1 away success against City ©Getty Images

FC Bayern München host Manchester City FC on matchday six looking strongly placed to tie up first spot in Group D. Both teams are already through.

• Holding a three-point lead over the Premier League side, Bayern would win the group with a draw – and, having beaten City 3-1 in Manchester, could even afford to lose, so long as it was by a single-goal margin or a two-goal defeat of 2-0 or 3-1.

Previous meetings
• The clubs first met in the 2011/12 group stage, Jupp Heynckes' Bayern beating Roberto Mancini's City 2-0 in Munich on 27 September 2011 thanks to two Mario Gomez goals (38, 45+1).

• The Bavarian club had already secured first place in the group by the time they met again on matchday six and although David Silva (36) and Yaya Touré (52) earned City a 2-0 home victory, it counted for nothing with SSC Napoli winning the group's other fixture.

Match background
• Bayern have won 19 of their last 21 home UEFA Champions League fixtures, most recently a 5-0 success against FC Viktoria Plzeň on matchday three.

• Bayern's home record against English teams is W10 D5 L2. They went down 2-0 to Arsenal FC in last season's round of 16 but prevailed on away goals having won the first leg 3-1 in London. Bayern also lost the 2012 UEFA Champions League final on penalties to Chelsea FC at their home ground, although technically this counted as a neutral venue for the night.

• Whatever the outcome in Munich, City have already recorded their best performance on the road in five group stage campaigns in UEFA competition, having taken six points by beating Plzeň (3-0) and PFC CSKA Moskva (2-1).

• City lost 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund on their most recent visit to Germany last December. Their overall record away to Bundesliga opposition is W1 D0 L5.

• Joe Hart, Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany are the only survivors of City's 2-0 victory at an FC Schalke 04 side including Manuel Neuer in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage. Benjani Mwaruwari and Stephen Ireland were the City scorers that night.

• Bayern lifted the European Champion Clubs' Cup with a 2-0 final triumph against Leeds United AFC in 1975, but have since lost finals to Aston Villa FC (0-1, 1982), Manchester United FC (1-2, 1999) and Chelsea (1-1, 3-4 pens, 2012).

• Bayern won their UEFA Super Cup contest against Chelsea on 30 August in Prague, prevailing 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, Franck Ribéry and Javi Martínez scoring Bayern's goals.

Team ties
• Pellegrini is still seeking a first victory over Guardiola, who as FC Barcelona coach did not lose once against the Chilean's Villarreal CF, Real Madrid CF and Málaga CF sides.

• Guardiola and Pellegrini met as coaches of Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2009/10, Barça winning both matches – 1-0 at home and 2-0 away – as they beat Madrid to the Liga title by three points.

• With Villarreal in 2008/09, Pellegrini suffered a 2-1 home defeat by Guardiola's Barcelona but drew 3-3 at the Camp Nou.

• The Chilean's Málaga side lost all four Liga games against Guardiola's Barcelona between 2010 and 2012, scoring four goals and conceding 15.

• Guardiola twice led Barcelona to UEFA Champions League final triumphs over Manchester United – 2-0 in Rome in 2009 and 3-1 at Wembley two years later.

• As a Barcelona player and coach, Guardiola did not lose in nine home encounters with English clubs.

• Pellegrini's Málaga suffered a dramatic late defeat against Götze's Dortmund in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, the German side scoring twice in added time to win the second leg 3-2 and advance by the same score on aggregate.

• Martín Demichelis, a member of that Málaga side, was at Bayern from 2003 until January 2011, winning both the Bundesliga and the German Cup four times.

• Touré played under Guardiola in the Barcelona team that beat Bayern 5-1 on aggregate in the 2008/09 quarter-finals.

• Daniel Van Buyten made five league appearances for City on loan from Olympique de Marseille in 2003/04 while Jérôme Boateng spent 2010/11 with the Manchester club, making 16 league appearances. Boateng also played with Vincent Kompany at Hamburger SV from 2006 to 2008.

• As captain of Peru, Claudio Pizarro scored the opening goal in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier away to Argentina on 11 October this year but a home side featuring Sergio Agüero and Pablo Zabaleta came back to win 3-1.

• On 6 September, Mandžukić got Croatia's goal in a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against a Serbia side including Matija Nastasić and Aleksandar Kolarov. Mandžukić also scored when the same players met in Croatia's 2-0 home win over Serbia in March, and faced Kompany in his country's 1-1 draw in Belgium last year.

• Kompany's hopes of UEFA EURO 2012 qualification with Belgium were ended in October 2011 by a 3-1 defeat by a Germany side including Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Kroos and Müller.

• Kompany was also part of the RSC Anderlecht side eliminated from the UEFA Champions League after a 1-0 defeat at a Bayern side including Pizarro and substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger in their final 2003/04 group stage fixture.

• A 2009 Bundesliga champion, Edin Džeko played for VfL Wolfsburg from 2007 to 2010, scoring four goals in seven Bundesliga appearances against Bayern. In June 2010, Džeko scored for Bosnia and Herzegovina in a 3-1 friendly defeat in Frankfurt against a Germany team whose goals came from Schweinsteiger (two penalties) and Lahm.

• Boateng, Lahm, Neuer, Schweinsteiger, Müller and substitute Kroos all featured in Germany's 4-0 win against an Argentina side including Demichelis and substitute Agüero in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals.

• David Silva and substitute Jesús Navas were in the Spain side that beat Arjen Robben's Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup final. Navas had previously played as Spain defeated Bayern's Germany contingent in the semi-final, while Silva featured in Spain's 1-0 defeat of Germany in the final of UEFA EURO 2008.

• Ribéry and Samir Nasri were colleagues at Marseille from 2005 to 2007 and play together for France.