The upcoming showdown between Bayern München and Manchester United is about to unfold at the iconic Allianz Arena in the opening round of the Champions League.
The mighty Bayern, known for their Bundesliga dominance, have earned themselves a consistent spot in the Champions League. This time around, they find themselves in Group A, facing off against Manchester United, FC Copenhagen, and Galatasaray. Given their track record, it appears that Bayern Munich should easily secure a spot in the next round.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils secured their Champions League berth by finishing third in the English Premier League. However, Manchester United has faced some challenges in their recent five games. They narrowly triumphed over Wolves and Nottingham Forest but suffered defeats at the hands of formidable opponents like Arsenal and Tottenham in both encounters.
Harry Kane has contributed to 5 offensive actions: 4 goals and 1 assist.
The betting tip is...
Harry Kane to score a goal.
The Bavarian squad has been on a roll lately, boasting an impeccable record in their previous four matches, managing to net an impressive 11 goals while conceding only four.
However, both Manuel Neuer and Raphael Guerreiro will be absent from this game due to injuries. On a positive note, Kingsley Coman is fully fit.
Harry Kane, who arrived from the Spurs with a bang, has been in scintillating form, contributing to a total of five goals and assists combined. Not to be outdone, Leroy Sane has also been a force to be reckoned with, chipping in with three goals and assists combined.
Kingsley Coman is expected to start for Bayern.a
Predicted Lineup: Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Harry Kane., Sven Ulreich,Dayot Upamecano, Min-Jae Kim, Noussair Mazraoui, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Kingsley Coman.
Erik Ten Hag's team is grappling with a persistent issue of key players being unavailable. This problem was painfully evident as they suffered their third defeat in four games, notably losing to Brighton.
Their defense has been severely hampered by injuries to important figures like Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Tyrell Malacia.
In the midst of these challenges, the team relies heavily on the offensive contributions of Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, who have collectively contributed two goals and assists.
Hojlund is expected to start for United.
Predicted Lineup: Marcus Rashford, Antony, Anthony Martial., Andre Onana, Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez, Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka; Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes.
Manchester United faces a formidable encounter against Bayern München, setting the stage for an anticipated challenge. The team's performance this season has fallen short of expectations, with an average possession rate of 49.8%, a figure uncharacteristic of a football powerhouse.
The spotlight will be on Marcus Rashford, whose early-season form, marked by one goal and one assist, holds the key for Manchester United's prospects.
In stark contrast, Bayern München enters this showdown with a significant opportunity to assert their dominance. They flaunt an explosive and versatile attacking roster, commanding an impressive average possession rate of 63%.
The acquisition of marquee signing Harry Kane, who has already contributed four goals and an assist, has further strengthened their ranks. In light of these factors, the prevailing sentiment suggests a probable away victory for Bayern Munich.