18th of February 2019 Author: Johnny Karp
One of the most interesting clashes of the UEFA Champions League last-sixteen takes place at Anfield on Tuesday, when Premier League title contenders Liverpool take on Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the first leg of their tie. The two sides have not met in an European competition since 2001, when they clashed in the UEFA Super Cup in Monte Carlo. Liverpool won that match 3-2 and it was their first ever victory over the Bavarians. The overall record of the direct meetings between these two sides is perfectly balanced at the moment, with one victory apiece and three draws.
Liverpool have been going through difficult moments lately, they temporarily lost their place at the top of the Premier League table to Manchester City and have also crashed out of the FA Cup in January. However, they are still undefeated in their last five matches and bounced back from back-to-back draws with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth last time out. They had a break of ten days between that match and the Champions League clash, so the players should be fully rested and ready to give their best on Tuesday. Central defender Virgil van Dijk is suspended for this match, while Xherdan Shaqiri and Roberto Firmino are injury doubts.
Bayern Munich are having their worst season in years, they are in danger of missing out on the Bundesliga title for the first time since 2012 and their road in the Champions League hasn't been flawless either. They did finish the group stage unbeaten and at the top of the table, but their two draws against Ajax raised serious questions regarding their strength this season. They have not recorded a clean sheet in a competitive match since December, but they did win their last two Bundesliga matches. Thomas Muller is suspended for Tuesday's match, while Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso are injured.
Liverpool: Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson - Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita - Salah, Firmino, Mane
Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Sule, Hummels, Alaba - Kimmich, Alcantara, Goretzka - Gnabry, Lewandowski, Coman
My prediction: Liverpool to win 2-1, Bayern's defence has been quite leaky lately and the Reds should be able to take advantage of that.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Liverpool win - 2.10
Draw - 3.75
Bayern win - 3.50
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It's kind of a tough choice Liverpool and Klopp will have to make before that game...whether they will go hard after the CL or will be concentrated mainly in the PL where they've got the best chance for a decades of becoming champions .
The professionalism requires they'll have to put a 100% effort in the CL as well and I think they'll do that.
The long break could be a cunning thing sometimes but I guess this time it's for the good of the Liverpool squad who suffered a lot of injuries lately.
Forgot the prediction, 4-1 to Liverpool :)
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