Hansi Flick is set to ring in the changes as Bayern Munich play hosts to Lokomotiv Moscow in the final matchday of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. The Bavarians have already secured their place at the top of Group A, so this is pretty much a dead rubber for them, although their opponents will be hoping for a win as they look to qualify for the UEFA Europa League by finishing ahead of RB Salzburg.
Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Lokomotiv Moscow
Flick will have one eye on the important Bundesliga clash against Union Berlin on the weekend, so the likes of Benjamin Pavard and Jerome Boateng could get a much-needed breather.
Bouna Sarr is likely to replace Pavard at right-back while young Chris Richards seems destined to replace the ageing Boateng. The USMNT youngster should operate alongside Niklas Sule at the heart of Bayern Munich’s four-man backline.
Unfortunately for Bayern, Lucas Hernandez remains a doubt heading into this clash due to an injury. They are yet to provide any update regarding the Frenchman’s fitness, so it can be assumed that David Alaba could feature at left-back, ahead of the injured duo of Hernandez and Alphonso Davies.
Finally, in goal, Manuel Neuer could once again make way for Alexander Nubel, who has been a little unlucky with a lack of chances since joining from FC Schalke in the summer.
As far as midfield is concerned, Bayern Munich will continue to miss out on the services of Joshua Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso while Javi Martinez picked up an early injury against RB Leipzig.
However, Marc Roca is back in contention after facing a suspension in the last game. He is likely to replace Leon Goretzka in the lone holding midfield position as Flick switches to a 4-1-4-1 formation in order to accommodate both Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala in midfield.
Moving forward, Flick could make direct swaps in the wider attacking department. Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane were the ones starting against RB Leipzig but may have to make way for Serge Gnabry and Douglas Costa this weekend.
Robert Lewandowski is fit to lead the Bayern Munich attack this midweek. But the club faces a difficult decision on whether or not to risk the Pole ahead of a crucial game against Union Berlin. So it won’t be surprising to see Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting starting once again.