Bayern v Liverpool – Allianz Arena at 20:00 GMT

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich will be hosting Premier League side Liverpool at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Wednesday. A thrilling second leg encounter between these teams will certainly take place after the first leg ended in a stalemate. Both will be desperate to give their best in order to progress to the next round.

It is true that Bayern Munich struggled earlier in the season. They went through a rollercoaster before achieving the much-needed consistency in their campaign. As of now, they managed to keep their astounding form which saw them surge to the top of the Bundesliga standings ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

Niko Kovac’s men achieved success in all of their previous three fixtures ever since their trip to Liverpool. They notched up 12 goals and conceding just once in the process. Things are also looking even greater for them since they have the home advantage on Wednesday. They saw seven successive victories at home and haven’t been defeated since October of last year.

Liverpool, on the other hand, haven’t been performing in their usual standard of plays lately. Even though they managed to win the match against Burnley, they showed a rare defensive vulnerability which could pose as a threat for Jurgen Klopp’s men. This, however, could be a good thing for their opponents. Furthermore, they won only five of their previous 12 competitive fixtures.

Everyone knows how hard it is to beat a team like Liverpool. However, they haven’t really looked overly convincing in their matches on the road this season. As a matter of fact, they were able to come out victorious just once in their last 6 matches on the road. Despite this, a side like Liverpool won’t be an easy test to overcome.

LATEST NEWS

–          Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller won’t be available due to suspension.

–          Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman, and Corentin Tolisso are also ruled out due to injury problems.

–          Liverpool is reported to be without Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren.

–          James Milner remains a doubt for Liverpool.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Bayern: 4-2-3-1

Manuel Neuer, Rafinha, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, Serge Gnabry, James Rodriguez, Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski

Liverpool: 4-3-3

Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane

KEY PLAYERS

Bayern

Robert Lewandowski being at the front of Bayern’s formation has the capability of troubling Liverpool. Anything is possible with this striker up front. Furthermore, he already managed to record eight goals in the Champions League so far this season. Bayern will definitely be relying on him when they face Liverpool on Wednesday.

Liverpool

Roberto Firmino is familiar with Bayern from his spell in the Bundesliga. He might just use this familiarity to his advantage in order to analyse the movements of their opponents. Roberto Firmino was also one of the key players in their last fixture against Burnley, scoring two goals in the 4-2 victory.

MATCH PREDICTION

Bayern v Liverpool: 2-1

A tight match is to be anticipated when these two meet on Wednesday. Bayern Munich have been far from their usual best this season. They’re obviously recovering, having won 12 of their previous 13 games. Liverpool, on the other hand, haven’t been performing solidly in their recent fixtures but they’re still one of the best teams in the competition.

Both teams will be confident in racking up goals. Both will certainly be desperate to secure a place in the quarter-finals. However, there can only be one winner, and it seems like a Bayern victory is on the cards.

MATCH BETTING ODDS

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

By @EliaasMJ

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