A group containing FC Bayern Munich certainly is not what the doctor would have ordered for FC Barcelona in their first UEFA Champions League competition without Lionel Messi.

In truth, the Catalan club have already had a decent enough start to life without the Argentine superstar this season in La Liga, as they remain unbeaten in their first two matches of the campaign; an emphatic 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad and a 1-1 draw with Athletic Club de Bilbao.

However, Ronald Koeman’s side will undoubtedly face some of their biggest tests in the UEFA Champions League, as well, as fans will want to see instant glory restored to the club that is in a huge mess at the moment.

The group stages have recently been announced and other than being provided with two fixtures against Paris Saint-Germain being perhaps the worst possible outcome, FC Barcelona have been put up against another formidable European foe.

FC Bayern Munich should pose the biggest challenge this season in the continental competition, although that will not stop the number of betting opportunities available from being any less attractive as sportskokladenje24.com knows those looking to use their service will want the very best possible.

However, it would be wrong to fully focus on just FC Bayern Munich when there are two other teams involved who could provide some really tough challenges to Blaugrana if they are not up to speed on matchday.

SL Benfica are one of those opponents and the Portuguese side is recognised throughout Europe with consistently strong performances, whilst FC Dynamo Kyiv are also a threat whenever they are involved in a match.

Looking back throughout history, there are a number of previous meetings that truly make for interesting reading, with some of the stats likely to have the most die-hard of FC Barcelona fans hiding being their hands.

For instance, the Spanish club’s record against the Bundesliga giants is nothing but abysmal, as the two sides have met on 11 occasions and just two wins have been recorded by Blaugrana. The Germans have seven wins, whilst the remaining two have been tied.

Things get a little better in regards to their record against SL Benfica, although it also remains patchy as there have been seven total meetings with three wins each and one draw.

Whilst Dynamo Kyiv looks like a challenging prospect, history is on Barca’s side in this contest as they have won 8 from 12 contests, with one draw and three defeats.