Two of the heavy-weights of European football, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, are set for a clash in this Tuesday’s Champions League action.
Both sides have already secured a qualification for the knockout round, but the group winners Atletico Madrid will be looking to make the history by winning all of their group matches for the first time.
Bayern Munich, with six points behind Atletico in the group, will play for their pride in this match. This is the first time since 2009 Bayern failed to qualify to the knockout as the group winner.
Bayern crumbled to a 3-2 defeat by Russian minnows FC Rostov on matchday five, while Atletico defeated Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 2-0 at home to seal the knockout ticket as the group winners.
Atletico had outshone Bayern 1-0 when they met in the first round of the group stage match.
Team News: Bayern Munich
Injury concerns for Carlo Ancelotti’s side are relatively minor.
One major absentee, Kingsley Coman, suffered a knee injury in France training on November 9, and he will be out for rest of the year.
But, wingers Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery both started in 3-1 win over Mainz in the last Bundesliga match. Their addition to the team will ensure more quality in the Bayern Munich team.
Left-back David Alaba played in Bayern’s last match after recovering from a injury, and he is fit to start the coming match too.
Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcanatara has hugely impressed Carlo Ancelotti in his recent games. He is likely to be included in the squad that faces Atletico on Tuesday.
Captain Phillip Lahm was handed center-midfielder responsibility against Mainz. He shone in his new role, and he will probably start in the same position in the coming match as well.
Bayern Munich: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Neuer – Kimmich, Hummels, Martinez, Alaba – Alonso, Lahm, Thiago – Ribery, Robben, Lewandowski
Team News: Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid has won their five group games so far, and an another win against Bayern will make them the seventh team in the Champions League history to win all of their group games.
Injuries concerns for Atletico Madrid are also relatively minor too.
The likes of Cerci and Fernandez are ruled out of the match due to their knee injuries.
Left-back Felipe Luis is just a booking away from a ban.
Atletico Madrid: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Oblak – Juanfran, Luis, Godin, Gimenez – Gabi, Tiago, Koke – Carrasco, Griezmann, Gameiro
Bayern Munich vs. Atletico: Head-to-Head
Total games: 5
Bayern wins: 2
Atletico wins: 2
Bayern Munich vs. Atletico: TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the match will be live on ESPN2 USA TV, ESPN Deportes USA, Fox Soccer 2GO USA, and WatchESPN. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found in the link here.
Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid: Prediction
Bayern Munich is back to the winning ways after winning in the last game. However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are still far from their usual best, and have largely struggled to keep clean sheets this season. Playing at their home will be a huge advantage for Bayern to win this match.
Although Atletico has already qualified as the group winners, they are not in good form domestically. They were held to a goal-less draw at the weekend by Espanyol.
Looking at team both teams’ strengths and recent forms, Bayern Munich is slight favorite to win this mouth-watering tie.
Final Predicted Score. Bayern Munich 2-1 Atletico Madrid
Bayern Munich vs. Atletico: Betting Tips and Odds
- Bayern Munich win: 8/13
- A draw: 14/5
- Atletico Madrid win: 9/2
- Under 2.5 goals: 5/6
- Over 2.5 goals: 5/6
- Both teams score: 4/5
- Both teams fail to score: 10/11
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- Bayern Munich has failed to qualify as group winners in 2009/10.
- There have been scored over 2.5 goals in five of Bayern’s last six games in Champions League.
- Atletico has won their all five matches of group stage in this year’s Champions League.
- Atletico lost last away match against Bayern by 2-1.
The Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid stats were provided by Soccerway.
Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking at this link.
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