There isn't a more straightforward group in the UEFA Champions League than Group F. Anything but Bayern Munich finishing top and Arsenal second would be a massive surprise. But they're probably going to play the matches anyway, and it's possible we get a handful of very good ones. Plus, the battle between Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb for Europa League could be really close, if that's your thing.
Group winners: Bayern Munich
Bayern have retained their top talent, gotten Javi Martinez back from injury, and added a pair of instant stars in Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal. There's no reason to believe the Bavarians aren't going to win the Bundesliga and make it to the Champions League semifinals yet again. But that won't be good enough for Pep Guardiola, who will have set the goal of winning a European Cup before he departs Munich when he took the job. Between their ambitious tactics that leave holes in their defense and the injury problems Franck Ribery's dealing with, it's not clear that they have what it takes to topple Barcelona.
Arsene Wenger is going to need to have a brilliant end of the transfer window to feel like his team is capable of more than their standard third or fourth-place finish in England, Round of 16 defeat in Europe this season. Their consistency is truly remarkable -- they're the only team in the world to maintain their level for nearly two decades -- but they're probably a world class striker and midfielder away from pushing towards the heights they enjoyed 10 years ago.
Europa League: Olympiacos
The man at the center of one of this summer's most bizarre stories will lead Olympiacos into the Champions League. Marco Silva led Sporting Lisbon to a 3rd place finish in Portugal and a Taca de Portugal victory, but was sacked for not wearing official club gear at the cup final. He's landed at Olympiacos, who have lost some key players from their last campaign, but retain a strong enough squad to finish 3rd in this group and make a Europa League run.
Out of Europe: Dinamo Zagreb
The team responsible for most of Croatia's national team returns with some great young players, as usual, but with a bit of an odd wrinkle. They also have a pair of Chilean international strikers up top, Junior Fernandez and Angelo Henriquez. They both did so well on loan last season that they've decided to join the club permanently together. Dinamo might be a bit too thin to beat Olympiacos for third, but they certainly have the talent to make the race interesting.
Player to watch: Ante Ćorić
One of Europe's best talent factories appears to have produced another gem. Ćorić, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder, is the latest product from the club that produced Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić and Alen Halilović. He's just as highly thought of as that trio was when they were the same age at the same club, and is the current youngest ever scorer in the Europa League.
Key match: Arsenal vs. Bayern - Matchday 3
If this group is going to be anything but chalk, Arsenal need to get all three points in their first meeting with Bayern.