Bayern Munich vs Juventus
Champions League Round of 16, Second Leg
Venue: Allianz Arena
Date: 16 March
Kick-off time: 7:45 PM (BST)
Mark your calendars for this one as it promises to be an epic Champions League tie. Bayern Munich led 2-0 at Turin, before Juventus showed their powers of recovery with 2 brilliant second half goals to go in to the second leg with an equal chance of qualifying for the Quarter Finals.
Both squads are hit with injury woes, which could make it a fascinating game at Allianz Arena. Bayern have enjoyed some indifferent atmosphere in their home games ever since Pep Guardiola has revealed his decision to quit the club next season.
Both teams know the scoring abilities of their opposition, and that is why this game will always be played on a knife edge. Only a 2-2 score line would take us to extra time, while any other score would see it settled inside the 90 minutes.
Bayern Munich vs Juventus Team News
While Bayern Munich are without Jerome Boatang, Juventus were hit with fresh injury blows just 24 hours before the kick off.
According to club’s sources, Claudio Marchisio and Paulo Dybala have been ruled out with muscular injuries and will not travel with the squad to Germany.
Bayern Munich vs Juventus Predicted Lineups
Predicted Bayern Starting XI: Neuer, Lahm, Kimmich, Benatia, Alaba, Muller, Vidal, Thiago; Robben, Lewandowski, Costa
Predicted Juventus Starting XI: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Barzagli, Evra; Cuadrado, Khedira, Sturaro, Pogba, Dybala, Mandzukic
Bayern Munich vs Juventus Key Battles
You cannot miss this humongous battle as two of the very best midfield players go head to head when Bayern Munich take on Juventus, with Champions League quarter final spot at stake.
Vidal and Pogba act as the engines for their respective teams, and have the capabilities of bursting with powerful runs in to opposing boxes.
Both Vidal and Pogba are exceptional on the ball and never back out from going in a crunching tackle. The duo could decide the outcome of this tie with a commanding performance from midfield.
Robert Lewandowski vs Mario Mandzukic
You could almost feel that it is written in the stars for Mandzukic to come back to his former club and score the decisive away goal to win it for his current team.
Mandzukic could not keep his place in Bayern’s team amid Lewandowski’s arrival, and the Polish striker would look to once again justify that decision.
Lewandowski has been in fine form this season, and if he gets a sniff at that Juve goal, he would shoot it down to win the game for his side.
Bayern Munich vs Juventus Prediction
The two teams have been among European Football’s finest over the years, and it promises to be an intense battle when they collide at Allianz Arena. Tactically sound and ability to score goals at any time makes it a fascinating tie to witness for all the football fans worldwide.
Juventus would feel hard done by with Dybala’s injury earlier today, which should make Bayern a slight favorite for this tie.
Predicted Scoreline – Bayern Munich 1 Juventus 1 (Bayern to qualify on away goals)
Bayern Munich vs Juventus Betting Odds
Bayern win – 1.40, Draw – 5.00, Juventus win – 9.00
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