Bayern Munich play hosts to Lazio on Wednesday, looking to see out their comfortable 4-1 aggregate lead to advance through to the next round of the UEFA Champions League. The Bavarians have been in prolific scoring form since their defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, netting at least three goals in each of their last four matches in all competitions. However, we can expect them to embrace a cautious approach this midweek, with Hansi Flick also expected to ring in the changes.
Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Lazio
Benjamin Pavard made his welcome return to the pitch on Saturday, following a few weeks of absence due to Covid-19. However, one would imagine Flick may want to rest the Frenchman in this one, with Bouna Sarr coming back into the starting eleven.
There could be changes elsewhere in the backline including the return of Niklas Sule, at the expense of Jerome Boateng. The Bavarians do have an important game against Stuttgart on the weekend, meaning the ageing defender could be rested – paving the way for Sule to start alongside David Alaba at the heart of the four-man backline.
Alphonso Davies may also have to settle for a place on the bench as Lucas Hernandez shifts to his preferred left-back role against Lazio. He could be the only defensive player to retain his place in the side this midweek, along with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Flick, though, could tone down with the changes in midfield, where Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka still remain the favourites to start given that Bayern Munich do need stability to support the largely weaker defensive backline.
However, we could expect Marc Roca to make an early second-half appearance, likely at the expense of either Kimmich or Goretzka. Javi Martinez, too, is an option for the home side, should they prefer a more defensive approach.
Things do get more interesting in the attacking unit, where Kingsley Coman is likely to make way for Leroy Sane. The former Man City winger has been in excellent form since the turn of the year and will be hoping to continue his momentum against Lazio.
Serge Gnabry remains favourite to start on the opposite flank, but Thomas Muller might be replaced by the young Jamal Musiala, as the trio looks to provide the supply for the lone striker in Robert Lewandowski.
The Pole is hoping to continue his marvellous season in front of goal, though he could be subbed off earlier than usual, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting the likely option.