Group E: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League
Date: 14 September 2021
Location: Camp Nou
Kick-off: 9 pm (CET)
Two of the biggest names in European football clash in what is a game for the neutrals.
This is sure to feature at the top of the watch-list for most followers of the beautiful game, and the hope is the match lives up to expectations.
The stats suggest it will with no fewer than 25 goals shared in the last five meetings.
Barcelona is the home team, but their early season form is shaky, and they have lost each of their last two against Bayern Munich.
The Spaniards beat the Germans 3-0 but have since lost 3-2 and 8-2. Those with an eye on the stats when making their predictions for this match may be encouraged to learn half of the last four games involving Barcelona and Bayern Munich have ended 3-0.
The sides have never produced a goalless finish, and that’s great news and if you are tuning in hoping to see goals. Given that stat, it is surprising that one of the teams has failed to find the net in three of the last five. Will that continue?
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Head-to-head
1. Bayern 2-2 Bayern – Semifinal Piala UEFA – 2 April 1996
2. Barcelona 1-2 Bayern – Semifinal Piala UEFA – 16 April 1996
3. Bayern 1-0 Barcelona – Fase Grup Liga Champions – 21 Oktober 1998
4. Barcelona 1-2 Bayern – Fase Grup Liga Champions – 4 November 2009
5. Barcelona 4-0 Bayern – Perempatfinal Liga Champions – 8 April 2009
6. Bayern 1-1 Barcelona – Perempatfinal Liga Champions – 14 April 2009
7. Bayern 4-0 Barcelona – Semifinal Liga Champions – 23 April 2013
8. Barcelona 0-3 Bayern – Semifinal Liga Champions – 1 Mei 2013
9. Barcelona 3-0 Bayern – Semifinal Liga Champions – 6 Mei 2015
10. Bayern 3-2 Barcelona – Semifinal Liga Champions – 12 Mei 2015
11. Barcelona 2-8 Bayern – Perempatfinal Liga Champions – 14 Agustus 2020
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Prediction
A lot has changed at Barcelona in the last 12 months and they are coming to this competitions with a worst league finish since 2007/08 season. The team’s woes are further worsened by the financial crisis and the exit of Lionel Messi. However they come into this game unbeaten in 3 La Liga matches.
Bayern on the other hand started life under Julian Nagelsmann in fine fashion. Their last 3 games in Bundesliga alone saw 12 goals and their latest is a thumping 4-1 win away at fellow title contenders RB Leipzig.
Whatever the current form is, on the field there is a big mismatch between the teams. The Munich based club has a well-settled squad with every senior player performing at the highest level.
On the other hand, this Catalan outfit is a work in progress. They have several youngsters coming through the system, but few seasons away from emulating the era of Messi and co.
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich team news
Barcelona team news
Martin Braithwaite is set to undergo surgery on a knee problem, so Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho may start either side of Luuk de Jong up top.
Jordi Alba has a strong chance of overcoming a knock in time to take his place on the left, but Sergino Dest is out, so Oscar Mingueza or Sergi Roberto will hope to get the nod at right-back.
Bayern Munich team news
Bayern are relatively well-stocked for this star-studded affair, with Corentin Tolisso their only confirmed injury absentee for this game after Kingsley Coman was fit enough to make the journey.
Serge Gnabry had to be withdrawn just before half time at the weekend, however, Nagelsmann affirmed that the substitution was precautionary.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona: Lineup
Barcelona predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Alba; Busquets, F. de Jong, Pedri; Depay, Demir, Braithwaite
Bayern Munich predicted XI: Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Musiala; Lewandowski