Such are the limits inherent in UEFA’s Champions League seeding system that Manchester City and Bayern Munchen have been served up their third set of group-stage dates in four seasons.
Enemies of footballing predictability will undoubtedly be disappointed to see the Premier League and Bundesliga kingpins paired together once more.
Form students, however, will be only too glad to have a bulky base of recent tussles to draw upon as they weigh up the fray.
The latest meeting sees FCB the 7/10 favourites, with City 17/5 for victory and the draw priced up at 3/1 by the bwin odds moguls.
However, for those who would rather base their betting on the proof within the pudding here are three wagers that always seem to happen when the pair face off.
Last season’s brace of brawls will be regarded as particularly informative, having occurred since City’s rise to the top of domestic affairs was rubber stamped and under the auspices of the both sides’ current management.
Over 0.5 goals scored between half time and 60 minutes @ 13/10
In two 2013/14 meetings the Citizens and FC Bayern mustered three goals in the 15 minutes immediately following the distribution of whatever genetically modified citrus fruit is passed around at the interval these days.
Over 3.5 yellow cards in the match @ 13/20
Last term both tete-a-tetes lined the pockets of overs backers on this particular wager, with five yellows in a dead-rubbery second meeting in Germany suggesting that this more important game should contain a decent amount of confrontation.
Over 3.5 goals are scored @ 7/5
Net-bulging bonanzas were served up home and away the previous time the pair shared a group, with no fewer than four strikes despatched in either outing.
Both teams to score @ 57/100
Likewise, unlike in the clashes City and FC Bayern played out in the 2011/12 campaign, neither side was able to resist the other’s efforts to find the onion bag last term.
The away team wins @ 17/5
It was fair to say there was an element of inevitability about the Germans’ victory at the Etihad, which came one Champions League game after they’d won the tournament.
However, the same can certainly not be said for the Manchester mob’s victory at the Allianz Arena at the other end of the groups, suggesting both sides’ relish the chance to counter attack off the back foot.