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 By Mark Lovell

Robben and Muller secure easy win for Bundesliga leaders Bayern

Arjen Robben's goal set Bayern on the road to another straightforward victory.

Bayern Munich stretched their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 12 points with a routine 2-0 home win against Freiburg, a seventh straight league success achieved through headers in each half from Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller.

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In truth, a home victory was always in the cards, especially against an opponent that had only ever picked up two draws in Munich, the last of which came over 18 years ago.

Before embarking on a well-deserved winter break, Bayern head to Mainz on Friday aiming to set...

Pep Guardiola's interest in Raheem Sterling may ruin Rodgers' Christmas

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley breaks down how Liverpool's formation and Manchester United's clinical finishing and goalkeeping led to a 3-nil win for the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Contract negotiations with Liverpool are underway, but Raheem Sterling's head might be turned by Bayern Munich...

Some people think the festive season is about counting down December's days until Christmas morning, but we all know the real fun begins on Jan. 1 -- keep connected with all the build-up with Transfer Talk...

Bayern shock for Sterling?

There's little Christmas cheer to be had at Liverpool, and what's left is presumably going on Mario Balotelli's next inevitable escapade. Still, Anfield fans will be suitably heartened to learn that Brendan Rodgers is "sure" 20-year-old talisman Raheem Sterling will...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich fancy themselves favourites against Shakhtar Donetsk

The UEFA Champions League round-of-16 draw is set and features several attractive matchups.

After dominating the Champions League's so-called "Group of Death" with five wins from six, Bayern Munich face a daunting trip into the unknown next year against Shakhtar Donetsk. The nine-time Ukrainian champions are very much an unfamiliar foe, at least to Bayern, as the two sides have never met on the European stage.

For the first time in three years, Bayern have been pitted against a team other than Arsenal at this stage of Europe's elite competition. In other words, the Gunners will be spared...

Champions League round-of-16 draw pits familiar foes against one another

The ESPN FC panel discuss which teams can be considered Champions League favourites and whether Mourinho would rather win the Premier League or the Champions League.

It is a remarkable that, for a competition that now hasn't seen a repeat winner for 25 years, we still see so much repetition in the Champions League knockout rounds.

This year's last-16 draw features three ties that took place last season alone, as well as a restaging of the 1997 final. There also are similar features: Real Madrid got an easy draw, Bayern Munich should waltz through and it's difficult to escape the feeling that we're going to see the ongoing trend of all the teams who were first...

 By Mark Lovell

Player Ratings: Arjen Robben is in the form of his life for Bayern Munich

Dazzling Dutchman Arjen Robben scored twice as Bayern Munich beat Augsburg 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Bayern Munich's Bundesliga bandwagon continued to gather pace as they stretched their lead at the top to 10 points with a brilliant 4-0 win in the Bavarian derby in Augsburg. They fired four goals in a 13-minute second half spell to seal a sixth-straight Bundesliga win while extending their unbeaten run to 19 games.

It was billed as the game of the day as the league leaders faced third-placed Augsburg. A mere 80 kilometres separate the two sides but in reality, they are a world apart. The routine...

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No motivation needed for Bayern in Augsburg affair

Two late goals for Bayern Munich led to a convincing 3-nil victory over CSKA Moscow in Group D.

Last time out in the Bundesliga, leaders Bayern Munich hosted then third-placed Bayer Leverkusen. This weekend the Bayern bandwagon makes the short trip for a Bavarian derby to face this week's third-placed team in surprising Augsburg.

Minnows Augsburg have catapulted themselves up the table after four successive wins, a feat they have never managed in the Bundesliga. Markus Weinzierl's side have hit back to win the previous two, despite trailing by a goal at the break.

Bayern will be warned....