Despite the current injury crisis, Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich is likely to once again rely on star striker Robert Lewandowski on Tuesday when its travels to play Dynamo Kiev in the Champions league Matchday 5. Our sportsbook is offering great odds on an away win.
Bayern Munich: Almost Certain to Win Group E
The Bavarian giants are leading Group E standings with maximum points earned in four games and having the best attack in the group with 12 goals scored. Barcelona is six points behind and needs a miracle to top the group.
Bayern lost two of its last six Bundesliga games (to Eintracht and Augsburg) but is still leading its domestic league standings, having one point more than Dortmund. They enter this game as heavy favorites at -400 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.
They opened at -500 but sports in Germany are facing a winter of disruption as the fourth wave of COVID-19 is causing problems in the country. Bayern has five players in quarantine because they are unvaccinated and two more in isolation (Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, Michael Cuisance, Niklas Sule and Josip Stanisic) after contracting COVID-19. On top of that, they will be without Kingsley Coman and Malik Tillman, who are both injured, while Dayot Upamecano is suspended for this game.
Even without so many important players, Bayern is one of the top two European teams along with Liverpool. There could be a rare starting opportunity for Tanguy Nianzou, who is expected to join Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and Alphonso Davies in the defensive line.
Former RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer will probably sit this one out after a disappointing performance against Augsburg, with Corentin Tolisso and Leon Goretzka expected to appear in the midfield. The attacking will remain the same: Two of the best wingers in the world, Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane, along with Thomas Muller and Lewandowski, the best striker in Europe. The Polish superstar retained the trophy he received last year from Italian magazine Tuttosport, who famously handed out the Golden Boy award.
Bayern destroyed Dynamo Kiev in the reverse match, beating them 5-0 on home soil with Lewandowski scoring a brace. We don’t expect them necessarily to score five goals but they should win this clash in style and make it five wins in a row in the Champions League.
Sane has had a direct involvement in at least one goal in all four of his Champions League appearances this season, netting four goals and offering four assists. So if you’re betting online and you like your props, go for Sane to score at least one time.
Dynamo Kiev: Winless, Goalless
The Ukrainian champions are winless so far in this group and we expect them to remain with one point also after this clash. Not only did they fail to win in four games, but they also failed to find the back of the net, conceding seven goals in the process.
We shouldn’t even talk about their domestic league but let’s mention that they are leading the standings, equal on points with Shakhtar Donetsk. Dynamo has no fresh injury issues but its attacking woes are very much alive with Artem Besedin, Vladyslav Supryaga and Ibrahim Kargbo all out. So, who will score against a depleted Bayern defense? Realistically talking, we don’t expect them to score. Many people out there believe that Dynamo can even pull off the upset on Tuesday. We don’t. Bayern can even play with its B squad and still have the upper hand on Tuesday’s match. Dynamo Kiev is not a team to be backed on your soccer picks and parlays. Maybe in their domestic league but not in the European competitions.
The goal-line is set at 3½ and, honestly, we don’t see four goals in the match, so you can sprinkle a small stake on the under at -135, but our official betting pick and banker for Tuesday’s matches is Bayern to cover the -1½ spread.