Bayern Munich vs Barcelona: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Bayern Munich will play home to Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, and the matchup in Group C will pit two of the most successful teams in European football against one another.

Bayern kicked off the 2022-23 campaign with a 2-0 victory away at Inter Milan on the previous Wednesday, while Barcelona defeated Viktoria Plzen 5-1 at Camp Nou in their first match of the league. Both teams are in Group A.

Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona

Bayern lost to Villarreal in the Winners League semifinals last season, but they’re six-time champions. They beat PSG 1-0 in 2019-20.

Leroy Sane scored for the Bundesliga champions at Inter last week. Danilo D’Ambrosio’s own goal won. Since August 21, Bayern has drawn with Borussia Monchengladbach, Union Berlin, and Stuttgart.

Julian Nagelsmann’s squad twice led Stuttgart on Saturday, but Serhou Guirassy’s penalty tied the game 2-2. Der FCB beat Barcelona 3-0 at home and 3-0 away in 2021-22. Since the 2014-15 semi-final, they’ve won four straight versus Barcelona.

Barcelona failed to go beyond the Champions League group stage for just the fourth time in club history. Barcelona’s 2021-22 season was challenging, but a good transfer window has helped them start brightly this year.

Xavi’s side thrashed Viktoria Plzen 5-1 last week. Lewandowski will face the club he left with 344 goals in 375 games. Barcelona trounced Cadiz 4-0 on Saturday to take the top of La Liga, and they’ve won their last five matches in all competitions.

Blaugrana last won the Champions League in 2014-15. Xavi has assembled a wonderful team, and Lewandowski is a world-class striker. They should make a real push this season.

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Team News: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona

Kingsley Coman and Bouna Sarr are still out for Bayern, although the German champions did not sustain any new injuries in their last game against Stuttgart.

Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez are anticipated to return to the defensive line, while Leroy Sane and Sadio Mane will help out in the attacking third.

For the home team, Mane might start as the center forward if Gnabry replaces Coman as the lone expected alteration from the starting lineup that lost to Inter in the Champions League last week.

Meanwhile, Barcelona will send a 25-man team to Munich for this encounter, including Sergi Roberto despite his minor muscle injury that kept him out of the match against Cadiz on Saturday.

The La Liga club should have a complete roster barring any late injuries, leaving Xavi with some tough decisions to make when deciding his starting lineup, especially in the defense.

Lewandowski, Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, Jules Kounde, and Eric Garcia are likely to start after sitting out Saturday’s encounter against Cadiz due to rotation.

Kounde may start on the right side of the defense with Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia. In the center, Gavi and Pedri will join Sergio Busquets, while Raphinha will lead the attack.

  • Bayern Munich’s Likely Starting Lineup: Neuer, Pavard, De Ligt, L Hernandez, Davies, Kimmich, Sabitzer, Gnabry, Muller, Sane, Mane.
  • Barcelona’s Likely Starting Lineup: Ter Stegen, Kounde, Araujo, E Garcia, Balde, Gavi, Busquets, Pedri, Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele.

Our Prediction: Bayern Munich 1-1 Barcelona

We are forced to settle for a low-scoring draw here although Barcelona is on a roll right now; nonetheless, it is quite hard to bet against Bayern in Munich because the game will be played there.

We anticipate a close game between two formidable teams that will end in a tie, although it would not be at all surprising to see the team playing at home come out on top.

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