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Viktoria Plzen vs Bayern Munich Preview and Prediction Champions League Nov 5, 2013

Written By Emile on Sunday, November 3, 2013 | 4:20 AM

Bayern Munich can all but mathematically secure qualification to the Champions League knockout stages with victory at Czech minnows Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.

The current holders of the trophy have won all three of their Group C matches thus far, and thrashed Plzen 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the Allianz Arena a fortnight ago.

Mario Gotze scored off the bench in that match, and started in the 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim on Saturday, but is likely to only be among the substitutes, should Arjen Robben recover from injury in time.

Gotze, a £30m summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, has only been used three times from the start this season, with Robben and fellow winger Frank Ribery keeping him out of the team with their impressive performances.

Pep Guardiola will make a decision on whether to employ Thomas Muller, who netted the winner in their last Bundesliga outing, or Toni Kroos behind lone striker Mario Mandzukic.

The Spanish coach may rotate his defensive options against a side who are yet to claim a point in this year's tournament, and have won just one of their last five matches in all competitions.

Captain Pavel Horvath scored twice as they returned to form with a 6-0 win in the domestic league on Friday, and will likely play in midfield, in-front of experienced Czech international David Limbersky.

Recent form:

Plzen:WLLDLW

Bayern: WWWWDW

Possible starting lineups:

Plzen: Kozacik; Limbersky, Hubnik, Cisovsky; Horava; Horvath, Prochazka, Petrzela, Rajtoral; Tecl, Duris

Bayern: Neuer; Rafina, Dante, Van Buyten, Contento; Schweinsteiger, Alaba; Ribery, Muller, Robben, Mandzukic


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