Bayern are hosting the competition and will be playing in front of their home fans against the Italian giants from Milan.
This will be the teams’ first meeting since Milan knocked Bayern out of the Champions League in 2007, winning 4-2 on aggregate.
Things have changed hugely since then: Bayern are now one of the best sides in the world, while AC Milan have fallen away.
Bayern Munich (1.38) managed to romp to the Bundesliga title last season. However, defeats in the German Cup and Champions League still left fans demanding more from Pep Guardiola and his players.
Former Shakhtar attacking midfielder Douglas Costa has been added to the squad in the summer. Juventus star Arturo Vidal looks set to follow Costa to the Allianz Arena after impressing in Serie A last year and at the Copa America over summer.
The Bayern fans and board are far from easy to please, and Guardiola will be feeling the pressure this time next year if he can’t manage to win the Champions League this season.
AC Milan (6.60) have been on the decline in recent years. They have not managed a Serie A title since 2011 and haven’t qualified for Champions League football since 2013.
After poor recent campaigns under club legends Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi, the club have appointed former Fiorentina manager and disciplinarian Siniša Mihajlović as manager.
Milan really have not spent wisely over the last few years.
However, they have recruited some real quality this summer with South American goal-poachers Luiz Adriano and Carlos Bacca arriving from Shakhtar and Sevilla respectively.
We feel that Milan will improve on last year’s 10th-place finish in Serie A and we wouldn’t be surprised if they managed to finish the season in the Champions League qualification places.
AC Milan will deservedly go into the game as underdogs and, due to Bayern’s home advantage and far superior squad, that seems to be fair.
However, Bayern are playing Wolfsburg in the German Super Cup on the Saturday before this fixture and we fully expect them to field a weakened and/or tired side against their Italian counterparts two days later.
Pep Guardiola is man who always likes his sides to play patient attacking football, and goals never appear to be an issue. Milan have also adopted a more attacking style during pre-season, so we can see goals for both sides.
There is the potential for an upset here and we feel that Milan can manage to get a draw in 90 minutes and send the game to extra time or even penalties.
VERDICT: BAYERN MUNICH 1 AC MILAN 1 @ 8.00
BEST BET: DRAW (90 MINS) @ 4.00
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