Bayern Munich will be looking to dust off the disappointment against Borussia Dortmund when they travel to Plzen on Wednesday. The Bavarian club will be looking to deliver a solid performance against Viktoria Plzen to get back to winning ways.
Die Roten is firmly in control of their fate in Group C. They will confirm their spot in the round of 16 by getting four points from the remaining three games. A victory in Plzen on Wednesday will strengthen their hold on the top spot in the points. It is a crucial game for Bayern, where the Bavarian faithful will be hoping for a convincing performance and result like last week.
Bayern will be without numerous players for the game against Plzen. Alphonso Davies will miss the trip to the Czech Republic due to a concussion. He suffered a head injury during the match against Borussia Dortmund. Jamal Musiala is also unavailable for Wednesday’s game after testing positive for coronavirus. Matthijs de Ligt is a doubt for the match against Plzen after suffering an adductor injury against Dortmund. Serge Gnabry and Manuel Neuer will miss the game due to minor injuries.
Thomas Muller will return to the matchday squad on Wednesday after recovering from the coronavirus. Lucas Hernandez is expected to start training on the pitch this week, so he remains on the sidelines. Bouna Sarr is the long-term absentee for the defending Bundesliga champions.
Predicted Starting XI
In the absence of Manuel Neuer, Sven Ulreich is set to play for Die Roten on Wednesday. Chances come rare for Ulreich due to the consistency of Neuer, so he will be eager to impress and keep a clean sheet against Plzen.
With de Ligt sidelined due to an adductor problem, Benjamin Pavard will play in the heart of the defense. The French defender prefers playing in the heart of the defense, so he will be eager to impress Nagelsmann. Pavard will partner his compatriot Dayot Upamecano in central defense. Noussair Mazraoui and Josip Stanisic will slot in the full-back positions.
Leon Goretzka has been outstanding in the last couple of games, but he might get a rest on Wednesday. Joshua Kimmich will start in the number six role, while Ryan Gravenberch could get his second consecutive start for Die Roten in the Champions League.
The attack picks itself after Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala were ruled out for the game. Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane will start on either flank with Thomas Muller slotting in the number ten role. Sadio Mane will lead the attack for the Bavarian club on Wednesday.
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Viktoria Plzen 1-4 Bayern Munich
Bayern is a firm favourite for the game against Plzen on Wednesday. Despite the setback against Dortmund on Saturday, Die Roten will come out all guns blazing against Plzen. A scoreline similar to last week’s game at Allianz Arena is very much possible.