Monday, October 3, 2022

Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona

Verdict: Robert Lewandowski to score anytime

Best Odds: 23/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what is a real heavyweight Champions League showdown on Tuesday night, Barcelona will make the trip to Germany when they meet Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, while Bayern Munich might have stormed their way to a 10th straight Bundesliga crown last season, the German giants are in the midst of a recent wobble. Although Julian Nagelsmann’s men might be unbeaten across any format since opening the 2022/23 campaign, that doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Despite putting in an eye-catching European display last week as they opened their Champions League adventure with a 2-0 victory away at Italian giants Inter Milan, the Bavarians failed to pick up some much-needed momentum over the weekend. Throwing away the lead twice as they watched Stuttgart snatch a last-gasp point at the Allianz Arena as they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw, the former RB Leipzig boss has seen his side largely struggle with their consistency. In fact, currently sat third in the Bundesliga standings, it should be highlighted that Bayern have now had to settle for a stalemate in each of their last three domestic outings on the spin.

Team News

Forming an impressive partnership up top, Leroy Sane should be joined by summer arrival and ex-Liverpool star Sadio Mane here.

However, Bayern have confirmed that the duo of Kingsley Coman and Bouna Sarr will miss out on Tuesday night as they still recover from injury issues.

Barcelona

As for the visitors, while Barcelona might have been dealing with some public financial issues over the past 18 months, they are enjoying what has been a recent purple patch. Opening the 2022/23 campaign with a real flurry, Xavi’s side certainly find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Last seen over the weekend picking up some perfect momentum as they breezed their way to a routine 4-0 romp away at Cadiz, the former Spanish champions could be smelling the chance to lay down a real marker on Tuesday night. Likewise, opening their European adventure with a 5-1 victory at home against Viktoria Plzen last week, Barca have now won each of their previous five straight matchups across all formats. Likewise, shocking some across Spain as they cruised their way to a 3-0 win away at Sevilla when opening September, Xavi’s side have quickly gained a reputation for their free-scoring displays in the final third. It should be highlighted, Barcelona have racked up 20 strikes on their five-match winning run.

Team News

Opening his Champions League account with a hat-trick against Viktoria Plzen last week, former Bayern superstar Robert Lewandowski will spearhead Xavi’s charge here.

Bagging his first goal of the season away at Cadiz over the weekend, Frenkie de Jong will be hoping to keep his place on Tuesday night.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off in December 2021, Bayern Munich picked up a 3-0 victory on home soil.
    • Likewise, including that infamous 8-2 hammering at the Nou Camp two years ago, Barcelona have lost each of their last four straight meetings against Tuesday’s opponents.
    • However, Bayern have had to settle for a single point in each of their last three Bundesliga matchups on the spin.
    • Barcelona have won each of their last five straight matchups across all formats, a run that has seen them muster 20 goals.
    • Former Bayern superstar Robert Lewandowski has bagged nine goals in his first six appearances for Barca.

    Conclusion

    While Barcelona might hold a woeful record against their midweek opponents, Xavi’s side will travel to Germany potentially smelling the chance to cause a major upset on foreign soil. Watching Bayern have to settle for a single point in each of their last three Bundesliga outings on the spin, the midweek guests are in the midst of a stellar purple patch. Winning each of their last five straight matchups across all formats, the former Spanish champions have also gained a fearsome reputation for their free-scoring displays in the final third. With their new attacking icon already racking up nine strikes from just his first six appearances, a certain Lewandowski will be looking to haunt his old teammates here. Opening his Champions League campaign with a hat-trick against Viktoria Plzen last week, we’re backing the Polish superstar to lay down another marker on Tuesday night.

    Verdict: Robert Lewandowski to score anytime

    Best Odds: 23/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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