Bayern Munich will look to replicate their solid run of form in the UEFA Champions League when they lock horns with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The Bavarians have been on a scoring spree under Hansi Flick since the turn of the year and having secured a 3-2 win over Paderborn on the weekend; they will keen on sealing a priceless away win against Chelsea.
Here is how Bayern might line up against the Blues this midweek.
Predicted 4-3-3 Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Chelsea
Flick deployed a three-man backline in the narrow win over Paderborn in the last game. He is expected to revert to a more familiar 4-3-3 shape this time around.
Benjamin Pavard missed the Paderborn game due to suspension. He will return to defence and operate in his favoured right-back slot, though it would force new loan signing Alvaro Odriozola to return to the bench.
Alphonso Davies, meanwhile, is a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank even though the much more experienced Lucas Hernandez is fit and in contention to feature.
Much like Pavard, Jerome Boateng also missed the game due to suspension. He is also likely to return in central defence, where he will operate alongside David Alaba, at the heart of Bayern’s four-man backline.
There is no one replacing Manuel Neuer in goal. The German international could once again expect a busy game, dealing with the sharp Chelsea attack.
Pavard’s return should allow Joshua Kimmich to shift back to his new role at holding midfield. His presence could be critical in helping Bayern Munich dominate the dynamic second line of press from the opposition. The ever-present figure of Thiago Alcantara should partner Kimmich.
Leon Goretzka, meanwhile, missed the last game due to an injury. He is, however, tipped to return to full fitness against Chelsea. That means Bayern should be able to start with their preferred midfield trio of Kimmich, Thiago and Goretzka.
Serge Gnabry continued his good run of form with a goal against Paderborn. He is set to retain his role in the side, though he may have to switch flanks to make way for Thomas Muller on the right.
The German international was rested in the last match, having become an ever-present figure of the Bayern attack under Flick. He and Gnabry will look to provide the necessary supply to Robert Lewandowski, who will be tasked with the responsibility of spearheading the frontline.
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