Bayern Munchen vs. Lille 2012-2013 UEFA Champions League preview

Bayern Munchen LogoBayern Munchen have established a formidable home record in the UEFA Champions League and will be seeking to inflict more misery on Lille on matchday four.

Bayern bounced back from their surprise 3-1 loss at FC BATE Borisov on matchday two with a 1-0 win at LOSC on matchday three, Thomas Müller’s first-half penalty separating the sides. The German outfit had opened Group F with a 2-1 home defeat of Valencia CF.

Bayern are therefore level with BATE and Valencia on six points, while LOSC have also lost 3-1 against BATE, their heaviest home European defeat, and 2-0 in Valencia.

Match background
While the teams met for the first time on matchday three, it was Bayern’s 30th contest against French opponents. Their record is W16 D5 L9 (W9 D2 L3 at home).

Bayern have won their last two home games against French opposition and won seven of their first eight against Ligue 1 visitors, losing only one; in between, however, they failed to win in four (D2 L2). Last season Bayern defeated Olympique de Marseille 2-0 home and away in the quarter-finals and overcame Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 at home and 3-0 away in the 2009/10 semi-finals.

Bayern lifted their third European Cup by beating AS Saint-Etienne 1-0 in the 1975/76 final, Franz Roth the scorer. They also beat FC Girondins de Bordeaux 5-1 on aggregate to lift the 1995/96 UEFA Cup.

The German club are hoping to go one step further than last season when they reached the final in their own stadium, only to lose on penalties to Chelsea FC. At home in the 2011/12 group stage they beat Manchester City FC 2-0, SSC Napoli 3-2 and Villarreal CF 3-1.

Bayern posted seven straight home victories in last year’s competition, including the play-offs but discounting the final loss, and have won 15 of their last 16 European home games. The blip came in the 2010/11 round of 16 when FC Internazionale Milano won 3-2.

LOSC have never scored in Germany and have lost their last three fixtures with Bundesliga sides. They have tasted victory just once in six outings against German opposition – 1-0 against VfB Stuttgart in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup final, when they lost the second leg 2-0 away – drawing two. Their away record reads W0 D1 L2.

LOSC overcame FC Kobenhavn in the play-offs to reach the group stage, losing 1-0 in Denmark before a 2-0 extra-time success in the return, the first European match at their new Grand Stade Lille Metropole home.

LOSC drew 1-1 at Trabzonspor AS last season, losing at FC Internazionale Milano and winning at PFC CSKA Moskva.


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