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Bayern aim for an early Group E win

Bayern Munich are making short work of the Champions League group stage, the German giants aware that a home victory over Roma tonight will advance them to the knockout round with two games to spare.

The Bavarians, who recorded their biggest away win in the competition when they crushed Roma 7-1 in the Italian capital last month, are in scintillating form and top Group E on a maximum nine points from three games.

The German champions have won 12 of 15 games in the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League this season, drawing the other three matches to remain unbeaten in all competitions.

They received a further boost to their confidence on Saturday when they came from a goal down to edge past Borussia Dortmund 2-1.

More pleasing for Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was the performances of Arjen Robben (above), back from a minor knock, and fellow winger Franck Ribery, who is gradually returning to his best form after a long injury break.

Dutchman Robben was a constant source of danger and also converted an 85th minute spot kick, awarded after Frenchman Ribery was brought down following a surging run, for the winner.

"We are playing good football at times but there is still room for improvement," Robben said. "We won in Rome 7-1 and we beat Dortmund.

"But we always have to remain critical, improve things, never let off and think that it will just happen by itself. It does not but we are on a good path."

It is difficult to see how Bayern can improve on current form as they march towards their seventh straight knockout stage in Europe's premier club competition.