Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez (R) stretches at the club's training ground in Munich September 18, 2012. Bayern Munich host Valencia on Wednesday in their Champions League Group F soccer match.
(Photo : REUTERS/Michael Dalder(GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
After an eventful opening day to the Champions League, the final four groups get underway in what should be an equally exciting day. Let's take a look at Group F.
Bayern Munich vs. Valencia 2:45 PM
Munich probably has not forgotten last season when they were the favorites to win it all and lost to Chelsea. Look for them to start their revenge campaign with a vengeance. Poor Valencia. They are the most likely squad to win second place in this group, but they have to start off against a highly motivated Munich club that is also playing on their turf. It could be a long day for Valencia.
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Edge: Bayern Munich is loaded with talent: Manuel Neuer, Phillipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweingsteiger, Javi Martinez, Toni Korrs, Mario Gomez, Mario Manduzkic, and Claudio Pizarroare only the beginning. Thye are one of the deepest squads in the world and should easily sweep through the group. Plus they are playing at home.
Prediction: Munich wins 3-0.
Lille vs. BATE Borisov 2:45 PM
The French squad Lille is a dark horse for getting out of the group, but they drew a comfortable opponent in the first match in BATE Borisov. Both teams know that this is their easiest opponent and will look to take a advantage. Lille forward Salomon Kalou is the x-factor for Lille as the team will only go as far as he can take them. BATE is probably looking at a third place finish at best in this group.
Edge: Home turf gives Lille an edge.
Prediction: Lille wins 2-0.