Two European footballing giants are set to battle it out in the second leg of the round-of-16 in the Champions League. Bayern Munich will host Liverpool at Allianz Arena for another intriguing contest. The fixture is wonderfully poised as the first leg tie at the Anfield ended in a 0-0 draw. Both the teams will have everything to play for when they collide at Munich tonight.
Bayern Munich has the home advantage heading into this must-win game in the Champions League. The German giants have been in sensational form lately and have scored 11 goals in their last two matches. The hosts will start the second leg as favorites as they look to have the winning momentum with them along with the home crowd behind their back. Bayern Munich would be eyeing to draw first blood and seal their quarter-final berth heading into this crunch game. However, they can’t afford to give their opponent any away goal, and they have to dig deep to stop the free-flowing Liverpool attack for 90 minutes.
Liverpool finds themselves at a precarious position heading into this do-or-die game. Jurgen Klopp & Co have an uphill task ahead of their trip to Munich where they have to maintain a formidable backline in front of the ever-threatening German attack. The Reds would be hoping to land a counter punch and put them under pressure from the word go. With the likes of Salah, Mane, and Firminio in their ranks, the visitors can torment any defense in Europe. Liverpool also knows very well that an away goal can change the whole complexion of the fixture so they will try to pounce on any given opportunity.
Date: Thursday, 13th March 2019
Time: 01:30 AM IST
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich
League: Champions League
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)
Recent form (Last six matches)
Liverpool – W D W D D W
Bayern Munich – W W W D W W
Liverpool Won – 2
Bayern Munich Won –1
Drawn – 4
⦁ Jordan Henderson will return to the starting lineup for this fixture.
⦁ Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren have been sidelined for this game.
⦁ Alisson Becker will stand between the sticks for Liverpool.
⦁ Frank Ribery is set to make a comeback in this crucial tie.
⦁ Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller have been sidelined while Joshua Kimmich is suspended for this game.
⦁ Manuel Neuer will be the goalkeeper for the hosts.
Probable Playing XI
Alisson (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Manuel Neuer (GK), Rafinha, Sule, Hummels, Alaba, Alcantara, Martinez, Gnarby, Rodriguez, Ribery, Lewandowski