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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

James Rodriguez raring to strike early against Ajax

Bayern Munich brushed past Benfica on matchday one

Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez won the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot
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BT Sport ESPN, 8pm Tuesday

By Bayern Munich’s standards the last week has been a crisis with a home draw with Augsburg followed by a defeat at Hertha, but they should bounce back from the Berlin defeat as easily as the odds suggest.

Bayern brushed past Benfica 2-0 on matchday one and – Real Madrid apart – most teams find the going tough at the Allianz Arena on European nights.

Ajax, without a win on the road in the Champions League group stage since 2011, made a decent start to their campaign with a win over AEK Athens and the Amsterdam side could well finish second in this group.

However, a recent thumping 3-0 loss at Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven showed how far Ajax need to come in these difficult away encounters.

James Rodriguez’s expected goals per 90 minutes figure is higher than that of Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga so he looks value to score first.

J Rodriguez first scorer
1pt 13-2 bet365

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Team news
Bayern Munich Rafinha, Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso are out. Leon Goretzka should return.

Ajax Hassane Bande, Vaclav Cerny and Joel Veltman are out.

Key stat
Ajax have won two of their last 17 Champions League away matches.

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Ajax have won two of their last 17 Champions League away matches
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