Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow Odds : Champions to get off to winning start at Allianz

Latest Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow odds in the Champions League as Paddy Power make them 1/5 in the betting to take all three points.

Defending champions Bayern Munich open their defence of their crown with a home game against Russian side CSKA Moscow.

With two-time winner Pep Guardiola now in charge expectations are high that the German side can become the first side to retain the title.

A strong start to the season that has includes four wins and a draw in their domestic league and a Super Cup success over Chelsea has done little to quell the growing excitement that the Bavarian side can dominate Europe again.

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Guardiola has however moved to lift the pressure of his team ahead of the clash with the Russian Champions by insisting that they are not focusing on history and instead just taking it one game at a time.

“It’ still too early to say that. We want to first make it out of the group and qualify for the knockout stages. Now is too early (to predict).” He said, when asked whether Bayern could win successive titles.

Those sentiments have been echoed by defender Jerome Boatang. Speaking to the club’s official website, the German international maintained that it was important to keep their focus “It’s pivotal for us to make a good start (in the Champions League),” Boateng told the club’s official website.

“We would of course love to be the first team to achieve it (back-to-back European titles for a German club).

“However, we’re at the start of the season and can’t afford to think that far yet. We take each game as it comes. At the moment it’s important to make a good start to the group phase.”

Bayern are missing a number of key men heading into the game with Thiago, Javi Martinez, Mario Gotze and Holger Badstuber are unavailable while Bastian Schweinsteiger should return following an ankle injury.

CSKA meanwhile will provide a stern challenge. Leonid Slutsky’s have progressed from their group in 2 of the last four seasons and will head into the game on the back of a strong start to their domestic season that has seen them win six and draw two of their first eight matches.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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