FC Bayern Munich already have the Bundesliga title in the bag 8 league games left in the season. However their real aspirations are to win the Champions League where they play second leg of their Round of 16 game against Besiktas. Having already won the first leg 5-0 it should be an easy game. Bayern Munich have two important league games coming up against RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund in March followed by a relatively easy April
Bayern Munich take on Besiktas in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 1st leg match on Tuesday night, 21 February 2018 at the Allianz Arena. Its a massive game for Bayern Munich who will be looking to mount a serious challenge for the Champions League title. We will have live links closer to the kickoff.
Bayern Munich did not had the best of pre-season and their first game of the season was also not very convincing however a very packed September will truly test Bayern’s resolve this season as they play 5 Bundesliga games and 2 Champions League matches in 20 days after the internatonal break. Below is the upcoming schedule for Bayern Munich.
Upcoming Matches: Bayern Munich play as many as 5 Bundesliga games in March 2018 and another 4 in April plus couple of Champions League titles. Below is the upcoming match schedule for Bayern Munich.
|vs RB Leipzig||18 March 2018||Red Bull Arena, Leipzig|
|vs Borussia Dortmund||31 March 2018||Allianz Arena, Munich|
|vs TBA *Champions League QF 1||03/04 April 2018||TBA|
|vs Augsburg||07 April 2018||Augsburg Arena|
|vs TBA *Champions League QF 2||10/11 April 2018||TBA|
|vs Moenchengladbach||14 April 2018||Allianz Arena, Munich|
|vs Bayer Leverkusen (DFB Pokal)||17 April 2018||Allianz Arena, Munich|
|vs Hannover||21 April 2018||Niedersachsenstadion|
Dortmund’s improvement during the season was evident in their two games against Bayern this season as after losing 5-1 back in October 2015 they held Bayern to a 0-0 draw at home back in March. I am expecting another tight game in this one.
Dortmund vs Bayern Preview: Bayern Munich’s surprise defeat against FC Mainz has put the title race back into perspective as the biggest german match takes place this weekend on Saturday, 05 March. Second place Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich in a bid to reduce the points gap to just 2 poins if home side can get a win over mighty Bayern. Bayern are not the same team since Pep Guardiola announced that he will be joining Manchester City next season and things are a looking slightly more shaky for Bayern in last couple of months. Dortmund on the other hand has won 7 of their last 8 games in all competitions and will be smelling blood going into the most important week of their season.
Team News: Bayern Munich are sweating over the fitness of summer arrival Arturo Vidal who will have to pass late fitness test but Mario Gotze and Bernat are fit to start just incase Vidal fails to make it to the starting lineup. Mehdi Benatia, Frank Ribery and Holger Badstuber are ruled out but Arjan Robben might play some part in the game after recovering from muscle injury. Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng, Philip Lahm and Alaba to play in back four.
Dortmund dont have any injury worries and Tuchel is likely to go with Kagawa, Gundogan and Reus in attacking roles while Aubameyang to play lone striker upfront. THis is how I expect both teams to lineup for the Sundays big clash.
Predictions: Bayern Munich has been in absolute superb form since Jupp Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancolotti as Bayern Munich manager. They already sealed the Bundesliga title, are in the quarterfinals of 2018 Champions League and will be playing DFB Pokal Cup semifinal against Bayer Leverkusen.