Bayern Munich will host PSV Eindhoven at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night in a Group D matchup. Both teams are hoping for a good result that will keep them close to the leaders of the group D – Atletico Madrid and most importantly, keep their chances alive for reaching the second round of the UEFA Champions league.
Bayern Munich, the German champion and one of the best European teams, is eager to step out on the pitch and make some things right, after giving away points easily in the last couple of rounds. Bayern’s boss Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that only a win comes into the consideration on Wednesday night. After a great start of the new season, in which Bayern only knew of wins, the last couple of matches in the domestic league and the Champions league have alarmed the management and the players, putting them under pressure going into the match against the Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday. With two drawn matches in the Bundesliga (against Eintracht Frankfurt and 1.FC Koln) and one defeat in the last round of the Champions league (Atletico Madrid), Bayern is aware that they cannot slip away against PSV and that they need to win in order to boost their confidence level. The two teams have faced-off in 6 previous meetings, with Bayern taking 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Carlo Ancelotti will not be able to count on the injured Franck Ribery and Arturo Vidal, while Javi Martinez and Douglas Costa are also questionable for this match as they have joined the training program on Monday.
PSV Eindhoven is visiting the Bavarians with a negative record in between matches, but with high hopes that the Bayern’s confidence level has been shaken after recent poor performances in Bundesliga and the Champions league. With only 1 point to their name, PSV will do everything to come out unbeaten from the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, which would give them a chance to stay alive in the run of making the second round, as they host both Bayern Munich and FC Rostov at home in the returning leg matches of the Group D. PSV has suffered a total of 13 losses in their last 18 trips to Germany, coming out as the winning side only once. However, considering that the Dutch side has lost only 2 games this season in all competitions, indicates that PSV is in a pretty good shape. Coach Philip Cocu should have all of the key players on disposal, except the goalkeeper Luuk Koopmans, the midfielder Jorrit Hendrix and the striker Jurgen Locadia.
Let’s be honest, Bayern Munich is a favorite to win in 99% of their matches, which means that despite the poor form in recent games, Bayern remains the Top dog in this one. Their winning streak at home is simply mind blowing as they have recorded 13 consecutive wins in the Champions league at home, while keeping a clean sheet in 8 of those matches. We predict that the Munich players will come out and shoot the lights out of PSV, scoring at least 3 goals. Once they get it rolling there will be no stopping of the Bayern’s train. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller could both put their names on the scoring sheet.
Predicted Bayern Lineup (4-3-3):
Neuer – Lahm, Alaba, Hummels, Boateng – Alcantara, Alonso, Kimmich – Robben, Muller, Lewandowski
Predicted PSV Eindhoven Lineup (4-4-2):
Zoet – Moreno, Schwaab, Willems, Mirin – Guardado, Propper, Bergwijn, Arias – de Jong, Narsingh
Bayern Munich vs PSV Eindhoven
UEFA Champions League – Group D
Date: Wednesday, 19th October, 2016
Kick-off: 20:45 CET.
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich..