Bayern Munich host FC Barcelona in their final group stage match of Champions League in the and it’s a defining match for the European hopes of Xavi’s side.
Should Benfica beat Dynamo Kyiv, who are without a win in the group stage so far, Barcelona will have to secure all three points against Bayern, or they will drop down into the Europa League.
There is no such stress for Nugelsmann and his men. Five wins from five means they are already safely through, and after they will be confident of doing so again at home.
It is a very crucial match for Barca. If they can not do at least a draw then there is the most chance that they will not qualify for the UCL knockouts. The Post Messi era is not really going well for Barca. Also, Xavi has tested his first defeat with Barcelona against Real Betis.
Benfica is in a prior position to qualify for the next rounds. Also, Bayern Munich is scoring many goals against Barca nowadays. In their last meeting in Camp Nou Bayern defeated Barca with a 3-0 scoreline.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona is scheduled for an 8 pm GMT kick-off at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. It will be played behind closed doors, due to rising Covid-19 cases in Bavaria.
Where to watch Bayern Munich vs Barcelona
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sony Ten 2. Coverage begins at 1.30 am IST.
Live stream: Sony LIV subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sony LIV app.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona team news
It will be up to Nagelsmann to decide how strong a side he wants to pick against Barcelona, with qualification and top spot already secured.
Lucas Hernandez limped off in Bayern’s recent win over Borussia Dortmund, while Joshua Kmmich has missed his side’s recent matches due to being in quarantine and would need a negative PCR test to be available. Dayot Upamecano is back from suspension.
Gavi was in hospital after Barcelona’s loss to Real Betis with a head injury, and Xavi will be without Pedri and Sergi Roberto for the rest of the year. Ansu Fati is also expected to miss out.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona prediction
Bayern has been in imperious form throughout the group stage, scoring 19 goals so far, including five in both of their two home matches.
Even if they name a weakened team on Wednesday night, they should still prove too strong for Barcelona. Xavi’s side drew with Benfica in their last Champions League match, and that could prove to be a costly result.
It would be a big upset if they were to beat Bayern and one that their recent form suggests they are not quite capable of.
Bayern Munich 3-1 Barcelona
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Bayern Munich wins: 8
Barcelona wins: 2
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