Bayern Munich vs Chelsea Preview
Die Roeten is one of the teams in Champions League this season which is blessed with various advantages. They are one of the earliest one winning the domestic league, along with PSG and Celtic, the team in the major leagues which resumed and completed the earliest and surely the most consistent team this season. No wonder that they are the strongest candidate for snatching their sixth UCL titles this season. This weekend, Thomas Muller and Co will resume their European campaign by hosting Chelsea with another advantage on hand, an away win.
The teams’ latest news
Bayern’s last competitive game was the DFB Pokal final last month when they trashed Bayer Leverkusen 4-2. It was all easy for Hans Flick’s men as they already had three-goal lead in one hour game by the goals of David Alaba, Serge Gnarby and Robert Lewandowski. Leverkusen were able to score a lifeline by Sven Bender but then Lewy completed his brace before Kai Havertz’s penalty.
The Blues, on the other hand, lost in their last outing. It was in FA Cup final when they met Arsenal. Frank Lampard’s side were unable to hold on till the final whistle despite taking their lead through Christian Pulisic’s goal. It was Pierre Aubameyang who became their worst nightmare as he scored his vital brace.
Bayern’s side under Hans Flick is likely to employ his favourite 4-2-3-1 formation. Robert Lewandowski is certainly the main forward supported by Thomas Muller behind him and Kingsley Coman plus Ivan Perisic on both wings. Benjamin Pavard and Niklas Sule are still sidelined but his squad has more than enough to cover their absence.
On the contrary, Frank Lampard is currently in difficulty in selecting the names for his starting IX due to a raft of absentees in his squad. Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Creek, NGolo Kante and Billy Gilmour are injured while Marcos Alonso and Jorginho are serving their ban. Thus, with such disadvantage and a defeat at the first leg, Lampard might only aim for avoiding another loss. His 3-4-2-1 formation might not be suitable against Bayern which is filled with a number of wingers with the excellence on speed and cutting inside in the opponent defence line. Instead, Chelsea should employ 4-4-2 instead with Giroud and Tammy Abraham or Willian paired up at the front.
Players to watch
Bayern’s notable players to watch for this weekend are the German international Serge Gnarby for sure with twelve goals and ten assists in Bundesliga plus six goals and one assist in Champions league, the former Schalke man, Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s most probable players to watch are Willian who has netted 10 goals and eight assists in Premier League and UCL, the youngster Mason Mount and the Croatian international Mateo Kovacic.
Bayern vs Chelsea Prediction
Bayern has all it takes to advance to quarter final comfortably as they have had three-goal advantage from the first leg. Chelsea’s crisis is only making it easier for them to secure another win. It is just a matter of how many goals they will eventually score.
Bayern is the clear favourite with the odds to win at 1.39, whereas Willian and Co are only projected to win at 7.55. The draw result is at the value of 5.35.