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UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich Preview

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UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich Preview
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Atletico Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: UEFA Champions League probable line-ups, match stats and predictions.

Bayern Munich have already reached the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, with Robert Lewandowski rested for the treble winners’ trip to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday (kick-off: 9pm GMT+1).

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Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has decided to rotate his squad with the holders already guaranteed to progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League as Group A winners. Two of the men he confirmed will remain in Munich are Lewandowski and captain Manuel Neuer. Lewandowski who was on target in last week’s victories over RB Salzburg and VfB Stuttgart, taking him on to 15 goals in all competitions in 2020/21 so far and moving joint-third with former Real Madrid talisman Raul in the all-time Champions League scoring charts. Alexander Nübel will start in goal for his third career Champions League appearance, after two with Schalke. Kingsley Coman has been in arguably the form of his life since grabbing Bayern’s winner in last season’s final against boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain, and scored twice in the reverse fixture against Atletico. He is likely to be given a breather on the bench with RB Leipzig up next in the league. Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stuttgart came at a price, with Corentin Tolisso and Jerome Boateng seemingly having picked up the worst knocks. Niklas Süle is likely to come in at centre-back, while Tanguy Nianzou is pushing for his European debut for the club three days after getting a first taste of the Bundesliga. Midfielder Marc Roca is suspended following his dismissal against Salzburg, remaining at home with fellow midfielder Leon Goretzka.

Atletico Madrid will have unpleasant memories of their last meeting with Bayern Munich after Diego Simeone’s side were played off the park at the Allianz Arena, with the reigning champions trashing them to a 4-0 victory on match day 1. Finalists in 2014 and 2016, Atletico have looked laboured for much of the current European campaign, requiring a late Joao Felix goal to beat Salzburg and playing out successive draws with Lokomotiv Moscow, who are seventh in the Russian Premier League. Things are going much better domestically; Atletico are unbeaten in 25 La Liga games and sit joint-top of the table after a run of six straight wins. Joao Felix was rested for the first half of their 1-0 win at Valencia on Saturday, with Yannick Carrasco also entering the fray after the break, and both should start on Tuesday. However, Diego Costa remains sidelined by deep vein thrombosis and Luis Suarez is also a doubt after illness.

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Bayern vs Spanish teams stats

The Bundesliga giants have lost 15 of their 29 away matches to Spanish clubs in European competition, including defeats on their last two visits to Atletico Madrid, which will hand the home side confidence ahead of what is shaping up to be a fascinating contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atletico Madrid could book their spot in the round of 16 on Tuesday. However, they need to beat Bayern Munich while hoping that Lokomotiv fail to overcome Salzburg in Russia. There is every chance that their hopes of qualification could go to the final matchday, which sees them face a difficult game in Austria against RB Salzburg.

Team Form

Atletico Madrid Champions League form: WLLWDD
Atletico Madrid form (all competitions): WDWWDW

Bayern Munich Champions League form: WWWWWW
Bayern Munich form (all competitions): WWWDWW

Probable line-ups

Atletico: Oblak – Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi – Llorente, Koke (c), Saul, Carrasco – Correa, Felix

Bayern: Nübel – Pavard, Süle, Alaba, Hernandez – Martinez – Costa, Müller (c), Musiala, Sane – Choupo-Moting

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Predictions

Bayern are currently on an incredible winning run in the Champions League, but we fancy Atletico to hold the German giants on Tuesday. The fact that Bayern are already through to the next round could take the edge off their performance, and Simeone’s side certainly have enough quality to secure a point.

BraggsSports says Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich

 

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