Barcelona v Bayern Munich : UEFA Champions League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 13-08-2020 9:42 pm (5 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date :Friday 14th, August  2020
Time: 8:00pm
Stadium Estadio da Luz
Referee Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Goal Scorer:

Team News

Barcelona
Barca will again be without Samuel Umtiti due to a knee injury, but Ousmane Dembele has returned to training following a long-term hamstring issue, and the Frenchman could be involved off the bench.

The Spanish club will also be boosted by the returns of midfielders Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal from suspension, and there is a feeling that both players will come into the starting XI.

Setien is allegedly considering a midfield four of Busquets, Vidal, Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto, which could see Antoine Griezmann drop out of the starting side, with Messi and Luis Suarez as a front two.

Nelson Semedo would therefore continue at right-back, with Ivan Rakitic potentially making way in the middle of the park as the Catalan giants look to flood the midfield.
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, Vidal, De Jong; Suarez, Messi
Barcelona Champions League form: WWWLWW
Barcelona form (all competitions): WDWWDW

Bayer Munich
As for Bayern, experienced centre-back Jerome Boateng will allegedly overcome the issue that he picked up against Chelsea to start, while Kingsley Coman is expected to be available following a muscular problem.

Coman could replace Ivan Perisic on the left of an attack which will also include Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry, while Benjamin Pavard's ongoing absence with an ankle injury means that Joshua Kimmich will continue on the right of a back four.

Thiago Alcantara continues to be linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena but should again join Leon Goretzka in the middle of the park, with Javi Martinez on the bench.

Philippe Coutinho is available to face his parent club on Friday night, although it seems likely that the Brazil international will be named on the bench. Alphonso Davies should also start despite sitting out Wednesday's training session with tight adductors.
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Thiago, Goretzka; Coman, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski
Bayern Munich Champions League form: WWWWWW
Bayern Munich form (all competitions): WWWWWW

Head To Head
As mentioned, these two teams have met on 10 previous occasions in European competition, and Bayern lead the head-to-head six wins to Barca's two, with two draws also occurring.

Barca knocked Bayern out in the semi-finals of the 2014-15 competition before going on to win it, while the German giants beat the Spanish club in the semi-finals of the 2012-13 tournament en route to the trophy.

The La Liga giants also beat Bayern in the quarter-finals of the 2008-09 competition, but the German side have won their only two previous meetings in the group stages of the European Cup.

Prediction: Barcelona 1-2 Bayern Munich


Posted: at 13-08-2020 09:42 PM (5 months ago) | Hero