Bayern Munich will host Olimpia Milano at the Audi Dome in their first EuroLeague game of the season.
Bayern are the two-time defending champions of Germany. They have won the German Championship in the last two seasons. However, this was not always the case. In 1974, they were relegated to the second division. They made their return to the first division after more than 30 years. In the last decade or so, they have continued to rise. Bayern have won the league title three times in the previous six seasons. They have also won the German Cup in that duration.
Bayern have taken long strides in Europe as well. They reached the semi-finals of the EuroCup in 2018, which is their best finish in the competition till date. In the EuroLeague, they have failed to advance to the playoffs. Last season Bayern finished in 11th place as they won 14 out of the 30 games. One more win could have fetched them a playoff spot, but it was not to be.
Some of the key players in the Bayern lineup include Greg Monroe and Danilo Barthel. Monroe has played with numerous NBA franchise, the last of which was the Philadelphia 76ers. He will provide quality and experience at the centre position. As for Barthel, he has been at the club since 2016. He is their captain, and he was named as the BBL Finals MVP in 2018 when Bayern defeated Alba Berlin 3-2 in the finals.
They will come up against Olimpia Milano in the first game. Milan had a similar campaign in the EuroLeague last time. They won 14 games as well, and an inferior points difference meant that they finished below Bayern. But neither side failed to make the playoffs. Milan have competed in the EuroLeague consistently. However, they have been unable to reach the next stages in the competition. Milan reached the quarter-finals in 2014, but have not reached those heights since.
Milan have continued to dominate the domestic competitions. They have won three league titles in the last six years. Milan were the dominating side before the turn of the millennium, but they faltered for a stretch between 1996 and 2013. In that time they failed to win a single league title. After Simone Pianigiani delivered the league title in 2017, he was replaced in June. Ettore Messina will be the manager as Milan head into the new season.
Milan will have veterans like Vladimir Micov and Sergio Rodriguez in the squad this season. Micov will start his third campaign at Milan, whereas Rodriguez was signed from CSKA Moscow in the summer. Their team is an experienced one, as the youngest player they have is 26 years of age.
Bayern Munich vs Olimpia Milano Betting Tips
This game will be a close one, but Bayern will be the favorites to get a close win. They will have the home crowd behind them, which should play a part. The points differential will be less than 10 points, but Bayern should get the opening win.