Villarreal Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Preview

Toni Kroos of Bayern München runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern München and SC Freiburg at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich and Villarreal will both be looking for three points to get a head start in the UEFA Champions League's group of death, Group A.

Group A of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League is almost undoubtedly the most balanced group the competition has ever seen. Villarreal and Bayern Munich, almost certainly favorites to advance out of their group every year, could possibly be the third and fourth best teams in their group this season. With Napoli and Manchester City to contend with, every point is vital.

Bayern Munich will be without Arjen Robben in this game, which should surprise precisely no one because he's Arjen Robben. Villarreal are without the suspended Borja Valero. Defender Cristian Zapata did not play on the weekend, but is expected to be in the team against Bayern.

Both teams have had some serious lows to start the season, most notably Bayern's loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach and Villarreal's thrashing at the hands of Barcelona, but both teams are loaded with talent and are coming off some highs. Villarreal scored an unexpected draw with Sevilla despite going down to 10 men early, while Bayern absolutely embarrassed Freiburg on the weekend.

The game kicks off at 2:45 pm ET, 8:45 pm local time from El Madrigal, and both teams will be looking for a win from the start, which should make for an entertaining match.

For more on Villarreal, head over to Villarreal USA.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.