Barcelona will strive to banish the recollections of 2020’s 8-2 defeat in Bayern Munich’s fingers when the 2 sides meet within the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
Ronald Koeman’s group has stabilized the ship considerably since then however continues to be on a small curler coaster after shedding massive names like Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann within the summer season.
As for Bavaria, their everlasting quest for international dominance continues to be ongoing. They enter this sport on the again of three straight wins which have yielded a complete of 12 objectives – 5 of which had been scored by Robert Lewandowski.
Here is a 90 minute preview of the sport.
When is it kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 20:00 (BST)Where is the match performed? Camp NouTV channel / livestream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (USA), DAZN (Canada)Judge? Michael OliverWHERE? Stuart Attwell
Braithwaite is the most recent damage / Alex Caparros / Getty Images
Koeman is de facto struggling to meet up with the numbers in assault. Since they final performed, Griezmann has joined Atletico Madrid and Martin Braithwaite has suffered an damage, with the latter as Sergio Aguero (calf) and Ousmane Dembele (knee) on the therapy desk. Ansu Fati is again in coaching after his knee dream however might not be able to play but.
On the again, Jordi Alba handles a knock however will most likely get again in time, even when Sergino Dest has to take care of an ankle drawback and is anticipated to overlook.
There are some doubts about Gnabry / Matthias Hangst / Getty Images
Bayern should not have too many issues right here however Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman are each fighting calf accidents and can most likely not return in time for this one.
There can be little doubt about Serge Gnabry, who was withdrawn simply earlier than half-time from the current 4-1 victory towards RB Leipzig as a result of an damage. But coach Julian Nagelsmann harassed that the change was a precaution, so the winger might be in form and be desperate to go.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Araujo, Pique, Alba; Busquets, F. de Jong, Pedri; Depay, L. de Jong, Coutinho
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Musiala; Lewandowski
You most likely don’t must recall the final assembly between these two. Bayern performed out to an 8-2 victory within the quarter-finals 2019/20, which put Barcelona within the sword and (most likely) contributed to Messi’s want to go away the membership later that summer season.
That end result was clearly a bit psychological, but it surely’s an indication of the development when these two sides face one another. In its 11 matches, Bayern have gained seven and misplaced solely two to Barcelona, whose final victory over the Germans got here in the primary stage in 2014/15, which ended 3-0 due to late objectives from Messi and Neymar. How Koeman might do with them now.
We have seen 42 objectives within the 11 matches, the final 5 have seen at the least three strokes.
Bayern will like their probabilities / Matthias Hangst / Getty Images
A repeat of 8-2 – a end result so notorious that it has its personal Wikipedia web page – appears not possible right here, but it surely is tough to foretell something apart from a snug Bayern victory.
Make no mistake about it, Barcelona aren’t a dangerous aspect today, however they’re actually not good and so they face one in all the scariest groups on the airplane, as properly as one of the vital harmful middle forwards the sport has ever seen in Lewandowski.
Bayern’s protection has not been good thus far this yr, so Barcelona can get a handful of probabilities, however this ought to be a win for the Bundesliga group.
Prediction: Barcelona 1-3 Bayern Munich