Tuesday 19 Feb

Liverpool vs Bayern Munich - Match Preview

19 Feb 2019 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage

Liverpool FC

  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
20:00 GMT
19 February 2019

Bayern Munich

  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • This season is potentially the closest Liverpool are going to come to their first Premier League title as they are challenging Manchester City at the top of the table. However, they must balance it with a European run and they weren’t convincing in the groups, squeezing through on goals scored. They picked up just nine points in their six matches.
  • Bayern looked for large parts as though they would lose their streak as German champions but Borussia Dortmund have wavered in recent weeks, leaving the door open for the giants to capitalise. They stayed unbeaten during their group stage with four wins and two draws, leading them to top spot ahead of Ajax.
  • Liverpool’s usually prolific frontline wasn’t as strong as normal in the groups but Mo Salah was still their leading scorer with three goals.
  • Robert Lewandowski, on the other hand, was in fantastic form in the group and he is currently the competition’s top goalscorer with eight in just six matches.

HEAD TO HEAD

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.

LIVERPOOL NEWS

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.

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BAYERN NEWS

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.

Latest matches: Bayern Munich

15.02.2019 Bund FC Augsburg Bayern Munich 2:3 W
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06.02.2019 DFB Hertha BSC Bayern Munich 2:3 W
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27.01.2019 Bund Bayern Munich VfB Stuttgart 4:1 W

SUMMARY

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.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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