Bayern Munich and Red Bull Salzburg are set to square off at the Allianz Arena in the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.
Kingsley Coman’s late equaliser to cancel out Junior Adamu’s first-half opener fired the perennial German champions to a 1-1 first-leg draw in Austria.
Although the tie is evenly poised going into the decisive leg in Munich, Julian Nagelsmann’s team will be banking on their eye-catching home form to get the job done and reach the quarter-finals.
Bayern vs Salzburg, along with other Champions League matches this midweek, are available to watch via live football streams.
Bayern have turned the Allianz Arena into a fortress this season, racking up a resounding 13 wins from their 16 home games in all competitions (D1, L2).
The Bavarians have also won each of their five European home fixtures against Austrian visitors by an aggregate score of 15-3, including a 3-1 triumph over Salzburg in last season’s Champions League group phase.
While the first-leg stalemate in Austria could look somewhat scary from Bayern’s perspective, the German heavyweights have progressed from 21 of 24 UEFA ties after drawing the first leg away from home.
Adding to the home side’s confidence, they have only failed to negotiate their way past the Champions League round of 16 once in their last ten attempts, courtesy of a 2018/19 elimination at the hands of Liverpool.
Red Bull Salzburg
Salzburg may have failed to win all six Champions League games in the group stages like their hosts, but they can still rely on their overall two-legged knockout tie record against German opponents (W3, L2).
However, Salzburg’s trip to Germany could summon some unpleasant memories, as they have lost six of their nine European games away to Bundesliga clubs (W2, D1), including the last three in a row.
With just one clean sheet from their seven Champions League outings this term, Matthias Jaissle’s men will have to improve at the back to optimise their chances of winning this tie.
It is also worth noting that the Red Bull outfit have ended up losing five out of their eight two-legged knockout ties after drawing the first leg at home.
Manuel Neuer, Alphonso Davies, Corentin Tolisso and Leon Goretzka have failed to recover in time for Bayern’s last-16 decider, leaving head coach Nagelsmann with several big decisions to make.
The same goes for Jaissle, who will be without Albert Vallci, Sekou Koita, Ousmane Diakite, Bryan Okoh, Benjamin Sesko, Jerome Onguene, Noah Okafor and Oumar Solet for Salzburg’s visit to Munich.
Bayern Munich Potential Starting XI:
(3-4-3): Sven Ulreich; Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez; Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, Kingsley Coman; Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Robert Lewandowski.
Red Bull Salzburg Potential Starting XI:
(4-4-2): Philip Kohn; Rasmus Kristensen, Kamil Piątkowski, Maximilian Wober, Andraes Ulmer; Mohamed Camara, Nicolas Capaldo, Brenden Aaronson, Nicolas Seiwald; Chukwubuike Adamu, Karim Adeyemi.
Bayern Munich vs Red Bull Salzburg Prediction
Despite Salzburg’s impressive first-leg performance at home, it is hard to make a case for Bayern not to advance to the quarter-finals.
After being held to a 1-1 draw to bitter domestic rivals Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, Robert Lewandowski and co will have a point to prove on Tuesday.
With all due respect to the Austrian powerhouse, we expect this to be a blowout.
Bayern Munich 4-1 Red Bull Salzburg.
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