Bayern Munich are hoping to seal their place in the knockout round of the UEFA Champions League when they host RB Salzburg at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. The Bavarians have secured three wins in three matches so far, meaning a win against Salzburg could guarantee their place in the next round as Atletico Madrid are dawdling at second place with just four points.
Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs RB Salzburg
We can expect Hansi Flick to make a host of changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen on Saturday. Lucas Hernandez, in particular, picked up an injury early in the game and with Alphonso Davies also out injured, it appears new signing Bouna Sarr might have to feature at left-back this midweek.
It should pave the way for Benjamin Pavard to retain his place in the side, but Flick could once again face a selection dilemma at centre-back. Niklas Sule sustained a minor knee problem during the international break, while Jerome Boateng played the full ninety minutes of the game against Bremen.
Therefore, Chris Richards could potentially start alongside David Alaba at the heart of Bayern Munich’s four-man backline while Manuel Neuer is a guaranteed starter in goal.
Marc Roca is a favourite to start in midfield, at the expense of Javi Martinez. The new signing from Espanyol will be deputising for the injured Joshua Kimmich while partnering Leon Goretzka in the double-pivot.
The German international made quite an impact after coming on as a substitute for the injured Hernandez against Bremen. His presence in the middle of the park could yet again be crucial as Bayern Munich look to seal all three points.
Further changes are expected in the attack, where one of Serge Gnabry or Leroy Sane is expected to replace Kingsley Coman at left-wing. We expect the former to feature, who needs to get back to full form as Bayern look for a strong end to their Hinrunde campaign.
Elsewhere, youngster Jamal Musiala was given his first Bundesliga start on the weekend but might have to make way for Corentin Tolisso in the number ten role. It means Thomas Muller could shift into the right-wing position, at the expense of Douglas Costa, who, along with Sane and Coman, will provide additional options on the bench.
The Bavarian attack, meanwhile, will once again be spearheaded by Robert Lewandowski. The Pole will be hoping for better fortunes following a poor performance against Bremen.