Bayern Munich are Group E favourites in the Champions League this year, in addition to being among the frontrunners to win the competition.
The Bundesliga champions have been handed an ostensibly favourable draw, considering two of their group stage opponents – Ajax and AEK Athens – missed out on the tournament last season. Portugal’s Benfica are the other team in the group.
Bayern made it to the semi-finals of the tournament before crashing out against eventual winners Real Madrid and will be looking to claim their first Champions League trophy since their 2013 triumph over Borussia Dortmund.
GBP Sports will take a look at the rundown of the Group E fixtures ahead of the group phase start, as well as what to expect from each team and more.
Champions League 2018-19 – Group E Fixtures
Bayern Munich will fancy their chances of making it far in the Champions League once again this season as they have been given a kinder draw than other high-profile teams.
Benfica crashed out of the Champions League last season with zero points, Ajax failed to win their play-off fixtures while AEK Athens also lost their qualification draws.
This leaves Bayern as a strong frontrunner to finish top of their group and progress through to the last 16.
It is a three-way tie for the likes of Ajax, AEK Athens and Benfica to claim the second qualifying spot in Group E.
Champions League 2018-19 – Group E Table Standings
Champions League 2018-19 – Group E Squads
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer, Sven Ulreich, Christian Fruchtl, Ron-Torben Hoffmann; Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, Rafinha, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Maxime Awoudja, Lars Lukas Mai; Thiago Alcantara, Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez, Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez, Leon Goretzka, Wooyeong Jeong, Jonathan Meier, Corentin Tolisso, Paul Will, Joshua Kimmich, Renato Sanches, Meritan Shabani; Sandro Wagner, Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Kinglsey Coman, Oliver Batista Meier, Frank Evina, Maximilan Franzke
Benfica: Mile Svilar, Bruno Varela, Odisseas Vlachodimos; German Conti, Alex Grimaldo, Ruben Dias, Sebastien Corchia, Yuri Ribeiro, Cristian Lema, Jardel, Andre Almeida; Ljubomir Fejsa, Gabriel Appelt Pires, Alfa Semedo, Eduardo Salvio, Filipr Krovinovic, Pizzi, Gedson Fernandes; Jonas, Franco Cervi, Haris Seferovic, Andrija Zivkovic, Facundo Ferreyra, Rafa Silva, Nicolas Castillo
Ajax: Andre Onana, Kostas Lamprou, Dominik Kotarski; Rasmus Kristensen, Joel Veltman, Maximilian Wober, Daley Blind, Perr Schuurs, Luis Orejuela, Nicolas Tagliafico; Daley Sinkgraven, Zakaria Labyad, Lasse Schone, Frenkie de Jong, Hakim Ziyech; David Neres, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Dusan Tadic, Hassane Bande, Kasper Dolberg, Dennis Johnsen
AEK Athens: Vassilis Barks, Panagiotis Tsintotas; Michalis Bakakis, Helder Lopes, Marios Oikaonomou, Vasileios Lampropoulos, Rodrigo Galo, Uros Cosic, Dmytro Chygrynskiy, Niklas Hult; Andre Simoes, Yannis Gianniotas, Petros Mantalos, Kostas Galanopoulos, Erik Moran, Alef; Giorgos Giakoumakis, Marko Livaja, Tasos Bakasetas, Victor Klonaridis, Ezequiel Ponce, Lucas Boye
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), Champions League games will be shown on Univision Deportes and streamed online through B/R Live .
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport and streamed through the BT Sport app .
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