UEFA Champions League 2021-22 Preview and Prediction: FC Barcelona vs FC Bayern Munich. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
On Tuesday night, September 14, Barcelona will host Bayern Munich in the first round of the Champions League 21/22 group stage. The match at the legendary Camp Nou Stadium will begin at 00:30 IST (Sept. 15).
The long-awaited Champions League is back, and the top match between the two biggest clubs in the world is coming up.
No one has forgotten how about a year ago the ‘German Machine’ thrashed the Catalans in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, winning 8-2. Back then, even Messi, who moved to PSG this summer, was no help to the Spanish team.
Will Barcelona be able to get revenge, or will Bayern easily take them down again? Let’s try to understand it in this preview.
Barcelona News & Current Form:
Barcelona is experiencing serious financial problems and at the end of the summer suffered a serious blow – the management failed to renew a contract with the symbol and key player of the club, Lionel Messi.
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In addition, on the last day of the transfer window another attacker, Antoine Griezmann, joined the camp of LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid.
In the first round, Blaugrana easily beat Real Sociedad, outscoring their opponents 4-2 at home ground. It was more difficult in the second tour as Athletic resisted well at San Mamés and also opened the scoring, but luckily, a powerful and accurate shot by Memphis Depay saved the Catalans from defeat, bringing 1 point under the belt.
In their last match, FC Barcelona proved to be stronger than modest Getafe with a 2-1 victory that allowed them to climb up to seventh place in the table.
Bayern Munich News & Current Form:
At the German club, things seem to be much more upbeat.
Julian Nagelsmann, the best young coach in the world, joined Bayern in the summer. Moreover, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer came to the already powerful squad from the former club of the head coach, RB Leipzig.
Under the German, the Munich side have already won the German Super Cup and won all three games in the Bundesliga: Köln 3-2, Hertha 5-0 and Leipzig 4-1.
The Munich team also successfully started the campaign for the German Cup, destroying Bremer SV with a devastating score of 12-0.
Barcelona vs Head-To-Head Record:
In total, the teams have played 13 official matches.
The previous meeting between these two European mastodons ended with a total 8-2 smashing of Barcelona in their worst-ever loss in the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona last matches: W-D-W
Bayern Munich last matches: W-W-W-W
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Predicted XI:
Barcelona Predicted XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri; Philippe Coutinho, Memphis Depay, Luuk de Jong
Bayern Munich Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane; Robert Lewandowski
Statistical preview of the match Barcelona vs Bayern Munich:
- Bayern Munich are unbeaten in 18 away games in the UCL.
- Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati, Sergino Dest remain injured. Also, Martin Braithwaite is now set to undergo surgery on a knee problem.
- Bayern have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Barcelona in all competitions.
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Prediction:
Barcelona started the season well on the whole, but Koeman’s team has not faced any serious rivals of Bayern’s level yet. In light of the serious staffing losses of the Blaugrana, it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to put up a fight against such a powerful rival and snatch points from them.
FC Bayern are now on a confident course and at this time the German champions are obviously stronger, so we will give our preference to them.
Parimatch News staff prediction: FC Bayern to win the match.