Bayern Munich just recently loss their first Bundesliga match since October 2012 on the back of the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last week. Of their previous six games, they have won three, drew two, and lost one, as they have yet to record a victory in their past three games. However, the reason for their recent lost was the exclusion of a number of key players from the weekends game to keep them ready for this important Champions League encounter. Bayern manager Pep Guardiola rested Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, and Arjen Robben, who are all ready for tonight’s encounter at the Allianz Arena. A few changes will need to be made from the line up fielded when the two met last week due to the suspension of both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez. The good news is that Brazilian center back Dante will return from his suspension so he can immediately replace Martinez as last weeks substitute Mario Gotze looks to get the start in place of Schweinsteiger. Thomas Muller could be dropped after failing to make an impact as a center forward in last weeks encounter with Mario Mandzukic expecting to start.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Giggs, Carrick, Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck, Rooney
Manchester United’s form has been looking up as of late ever since their convincing 3-0 win against Olympiakos which got them into the tie against the Bundesliga champions. Picking up four wins, a draw, and a lost in their last six, gives them some much need confidence as they visit a side expecting to win the entire tournament. The only positive thought for United manager David Moyes is that Bayern Munich have failed in four consecutive times to grab a home win against an English side in the Champions League. With this in mind, Moyes is looking to keep a very similar formation to the one that held the German club when they hosted them back at Old Trafford. Two changes look to be made with Patrice Evra returning from suspension to take the place of Alexander Buttner at the left back slot and Marouane Fellaini who could possible miss the game due to injury will possibly be replaced by Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese midfielder will be given the opportunity to play in his favorite position right behind lone striker Wayne Rooney, who announced that he will play no matter what, despite suffering a recent toe injury as Juan Mata is ineligible for the match. Fellaini now adds to United’s injury worries as he joins Rafael, Jonny Evans, and Robin van Persie on the list of players who will surely miss the game.
My prediction still stands: If Bayern Munich win, they will score many goals. If Manchester United win they will do so by God’s grace.
— Martin (@OleMartinezM) April 9, 2014
— Dina S. Ramini (@DinaSRamini) April 9, 2014
MANCHESTER UNITED SHALL DEMOLISH BAYERN MUNICH TOMORROW, THAT IS ALL.
— … (@856Isaiah_) April 9, 2014
Back in 2010, Bayern Munich hosted Manchester United in the quarter finals of the Champions League with the host turning the game around to win 2-1 after a quick Wayne Rooney goal was cancelled out by Franck Ribery and an injury time winner from Ivica Olic. Only time can tell who will move on to join Real Madrid and Chelsea in the semi-finals.
Arjen Robben is sure to cause Manchester United problems down their flanks as he continuously appears on both the right and the left wings. He is most dangerous when he cuts in from the right wing and unleashes a devastating curling ball aimed at the top corner. If United hope to keep the ball from going into the back of the net, they surely need to contain the attacking abilities of this man.
Bayern Munich vs. Manchester United: An Alternative Preview
Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in five of their nine Champions League games this season; no side has kept more.
Since the 1999 Champions League final, Man Utd have won just one of their seven Champions League encounters with Bayern Munich (W1 D3 L3).
United have scored in each of their last 15 Champions League meetings with German clubs, but the last one to stop them scoring was Bayern in March 2002.
Bayern have only failed to score in one of their last 28 Champions League matches, but this came against English opposition (Arsenal in March 2013).
Bayern have won six and drawn two of their last eight matches in the CL knockout stages, but the last team to defeat them in the KO stages were English (Arsenal – 0-2 in March 2013).
No side has won more penalties than Bayern Munich in the Champions League this season (4), but they have only scored two of these.
Arjen Robben has won all four of these penalties – no other player has won more than two.
Franck Ribery has created more goalscoring chances than any other player in the Champions League this season (23).
The Red Devils have won just one of their last six Champions League away games (D3 L2), but this victory did come in Germany, courtesy of a 5-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern Munich have failed to win just four of their last 18 Champions League games at the Allianz Arena (W14 D2 L2) – but all four of these games have been against English sides.
Bayern have drawn the first leg of a European knockout tie 1-1 away from home on 11 previous occasions and have going progressed to the next round in all 11 of those ties.
Bayern have averaged 69.8% possession in the Champions League this season and they managed a possession figure of 74.2% at Old Trafford in the first leg.