As past of Group E, Barcelona and Bayern Munich kick off their respective UEFA Champions League campaigns on Tuesday night. We are anticipating this tense clash at Camp Nou, after our first Champions League football prediction – Barcelona vs Bayern Munich.
La Blaugrana finished third in the 2020-21 La Liga season (the football news), ensuring another spot in the group stages. And in their current La Liga campaign, they are enjoying a delay for facing Sevilla.
Meanwhile, Bayern’s perennial dominance in the German top flight has continued into this new 2021-22 Bundesliga season.
- Martin Braithwaite joins fellow attackers Ansu Fati, Sergio Aguero, and Ousmane Dembele on the bench. Now, Luuk de Jong may get to start following his arrival from Sevilla.
- Jordi Alba and Sergino Dest will both undergo evaluation but the former is still more likely to start.
- Coutinho has yet to play for Barcelona this season, but he may be required to line up in attack. This means he’ll be potentially playing alongside De Jong and Memphis Depay.
Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Araujo, Pique, Alba; Busquets, F. de Jong, Pedri; Depay, L. de Jong, Coutinho
- Serge Gnabry will need an evaluation after he needed substitution, upon an injury, at halftime against RB Leipzig on Saturday. So, in his place, Jamal Musiala may be ready to step in if Bayern need it.
- Benjamin Pavard, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and Leon Goretzka all needed substitution too, in that win over RB Leipzig. But these substitutions were to rest key players rather than due to injury.
- Finally, Bayern have ruled out both Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso from France.
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup: Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Musiala; Lewandowski
Champions League Football Prediction – Barcelona vs Bayern Munich
- Barcelona has had more time to prepare for the visit of Bayern Munich, as we hinted above too. They have had a strong start to the season, picking up seven points from their first three games. However, we don’t need to remind you of the last time these two parties met, when Bayern absolutely massacred Barcelona.
- Bayern Munich are unlikely to romp to another 8-2 victory at Camp Nou. Still, they will be confident of taking an early scalp in their most difficult group stage game. The Bundesliga side has won five consecutive games, including a 4-1 thrashing of RB Leipzig away in Leipzig on Saturday.
- Bayern should earn a huge gameweek one win in midweek with the wind in their sails and the greater depth.
While any Bavarian hopes of another six-goal thrashing may be impossible here, there are minimal flaws in this Bayern side.
After all, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard have also returned to bolster the backline now.
On the other hand, Barcelona has started the season well under Koeman, but they are facing the team with the longest unbeaten streak away from home in the Champions League and this can only lead to one result.