20:00 GMT 19 February 2019
The UEFA Champions League knockout stages made their return last week with four last 16 ties taking place over Tuesday and Wednesday. The rest of the first legs will be played this week and arguably the biggest of those sees Bayern travel to Anfield to face Liverpool.
The two sides have only met once this side of the 21st century and it came back in 2001 where Liverpool won 3-2 in the UEFA Super Cup after going 3-0 up inside 50 minutes. They have lost once in their eight meetings with Bayern with three wins and four draws.
The big news for the home side is the absence of Virgil van Dijk following his yellow card suspension from the group stage. Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still unavailable while Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firmino are doubtful. Latest matches: Liverpool FC
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The visitors have a defensive problem of their own as Jerome Boateng will miss the first leg. He joins Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso on the injury bed as Thomas Muller is suspended for his horrible tackle in the game against Ajax.
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|15.02.2019||Bund||FC Augsburg||Bayern Munich||2:3||W|
|09.02.2019||Bund||Bayern Munich||FC Schalke 04||3:1||W|
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|02.02.2019||Bund||Bayer Leverkusen||Bayern Munich||3:1||L|
|27.01.2019||Bund||Bayern Munich||VfB Stuttgart||4:1||W|
It’s hard to predict a winner in this one as the hosts will obviously prioritise their title push in the league. They’ll struggle to keep a clean sheet without van Dijk and a score draw seems very likely due to both sides missing key players. Lewandowski sometimes struggles on the big stage but I’d expect his prolific form in Europe to continue against the Reds on Tuesday night.
19 February 2019 - 20:00 GMT
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