Bayern Munich will host Villarreal at the Allianz Arenain the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, second leg. The match will take place on March 13, beginning at 00:30 IST.
The second month of spring is approaching its equator. The domestic championships have passed over the weekend, with the Champions League on the horizon. On April 12 night, there will be two return matches in the quarterfinals. Bayern Munich and Villarreal will meet in one of them in Germany.
On the one hand, the result of the first match, in which Villarreal held on to a minimal victory, is unexpected. On the other hand, the Spaniards have already surprised this season: their success against Juventus alone is worth mentioning. Also, they have not lost to Real twice in the season – undoubtedly a bright achievement. It was more the result of the game with Bayern Munich that surprised us, because the Munich side failed to score even one goal, which almost never happens to them.
How will the Germans approach the game? Should we expect another sensation? Or will the German Machine roll over the Submarine?
Parimatchnews will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Bayern Munich News & Current Form:
This season, Bayern looks extremely powerful. Thanks to the enormous resources and competent management of Julian Nagelsmann, they lead the German league table with a nine-point lead over Borussia Dortmund. Moreover, over 29 rounds suffered only four defeats and three draws. All the rest were victories.
The Munich side scored a fabulous 86 goals during that period. Robert Lewandowski netted 32 of them. The forward also scored 12 goals in nine Champions League games. Plus he scored nine goals and gave four assists in nine matches of World Cup 2022 qualification. He was part of the reason the Polish national team secured a trip to Qatar.
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Despite the striking list of his achievements and excellent results at the distance, the Bavarians played their first leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals away to a 1-1 draw with Salzburg. In the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, they also fell apart, losing on the road to Villarreal (0-1). In both cases, they looked worse than their opponents. Especially in the second game.
After the defeat, Thomas Muller stated that that his team are accepting this result. The striker suggested that things could have been much worse and gave credit to his opponents. The striker also noted that they need to strike back in a home match. The Bavarians know how to do that. Salzburg, which got 1:7 in the return game, will confirm.
Injured: Corentin Tolisso. Doubtful: Lucas Hernandez, Bouna Sarr, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Niklas Sule.
Villarreal News & Current Form:
The head coach of Villarreal, Unai Emery, understands the situation and has already taken steps to give a strong challenge to the Munich side. In the confrontation of the last round of La Liga with Athletic Bilbao (1:1) the specialist has not field a single player of the starting squad, which took part in the first match of the Champions League quarter-final with Bayern.
The coach said that for him the return meeting with the Munich side is the biggest challenge as a coach. Apparently, the Yellow Submarine decided to make a special focus on the Champions League. No wonder, given that in the Spanish league, things are not going the best way. They sit seventh in the standings and are unlikely to take part in the next European competition through the domestic competition.
The club from Villarreal often lacks resources. For this reason they made it to the playoffs of the UEFA Champions League with some difficulties. In six matches of the group stage they earned only three victories.
But thanks to their determination, willpower and luck, Villarreal were able to beat Juventus 4-1 on aggregate in the last eight. In both these encounters, however, it was not the Spaniards who were victorious; it was the Italians who let them win. In the first encounter, Juventus scored a quick goal and passed the initiative to their opponents, for which they paid the price. Their realization let them down in the second game.
Injured: Alberto Moreno. Doubtful: Boulaye Dia.
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Bayern Munich season form guide (all competitions): W-D-W-W-L-W
Villarreal season form guide (all competitions): W-W-L-L-W-D
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal Head-To-Head Record:Bayern MunichDrawVillarreal201
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal Munich Predicted XI:
Bayern Munich Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer, Benjamin Pavard, Tanguy Nianzou, Dayot Upamecano, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Robert Lewandowski
Villarreal Predicted XI (4-4-2): Geronimo Rulli, Mario Gaspar, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Pervis Estupinan, Giovani Lo Celso, Etienne Capoue, Dani Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Gerard Moreno, Arnaut Danjuma
Statistical preview of the match Bayern Munich vs Villarreal: Out of their last 20 games there, the Munich side have only failed to win four. The Yellow submarine does not have the best statistics of away meetings. They won only three times in 15 matches on the road in La Liga. The Reds have scored at least two goals in their previous 13 games at home in the Champions League. Villareal has not lost to German clubs in the last 5 meetings.
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal Prediction:
Bayern is not just the favorite for the upcoming match, but also for the whole tournament. The team has tremendous resources and therefore has excellent stats over the course of the season. In the first away matches of the Champions League, the Germans appear to be playing in the energy saving mode. However, at home ground they do not give chances.
The likely scenario for the return match is as follows: the hosts will rush to storm the gates of the opponent from the first minute, it will be the goldest squad the club has. Villarreal will have no choice but to shoot the ball away and rely on the quick feet of the attacking players to score at least one goal on the counterattack.
Villarreal deserve credit for their energy and meticulous preparation, but Unai Emery is unlikely to stop the Munich machine. We think the home team will be stronger and qualify for the next stage.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Asian handicap (-1.5) on Bayern