Barcelona will look to seal their place in the round of 16 of the Champions League season with a win against a formidable Bayern Munich side.


 The 2021-22 Champions League group stage has been an easy ride for Bayern Munich, who have strolled to five wins from five to top Group E and ease into the round of 16. It proved to be a fantastic weekend for Bayern as they ran out 3-2 winners against Dortmund in a chaotic ‘Der Klassiker’. Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski scored in the 2-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv in their last champions league outing. No team in the 2021-22 Champions League has scored more goals than Bayern’s 19 in the group stages, with the German champions scoring at least two goals per game. They have also scored two or more goals in their last 11 champions league matches on home ground. Thomas has proven a thorn in Barca’s flesh as he’s scored seven goals in his last six champions league matches against the Spanish giants. Bayern will head into this fixture with a lengthy injury list as Joshua Kimmich, Michael Cuisance, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are unavailable due to covid. Bouna Sarr, Marcel Sabitzer, and Josip Stanisic will miss out on injuries.


After back-to-back, 3-0 champions league defeats against Bayern Munich and Benfica, a pair of 1-0 victories over Dynamo Kiev is hardly anything to shout about for a club of Barcelona’s calibre. They also failed to confirm their second-placed finish in Group E after being held to a goalless stalemate by Benfica on matchday five. Barcelona sit two points above their Portuguese counterparts in the second spot, but they have a worse head-to-head record and Benfica will certainly be confident of beating Dynamo Kyiv, so Xavi’s side are at an alarming large risk of settling for Europa League football. A 1-0 defeat to Real Betis last weekend condemned Xavi to the first defeat of his reign as Barcelona manager at the weekend – ending Barca’s six-game unbeaten run across all competitions in the process. A tally of three wins from their last nine in all competitions shows they still miss the services of Messi and a true fall from grace for Barcelona. A lengthy injury list doesn’t help matters as most players seem to spend more time injured than on the pitch. Martin Braithwaite, Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati, Gavi, Pedri, and Sergi Roberto are set to miss out due to injury.

PREDICTION: BAYERN WIN 2-0/2-1/3-0/3-1