Bayern Munich vs Galatasaray Prediction & Match Preview

Bayern Munich vs Galatasaray Prediction & Match Preview

Riding high on the back of a convincing 4-0 triumph over Borussia Dortmund in the much-anticipated Der Klassiker, Bayern Munich is gearing up to solidify their position at the top of Champions League Group A.

Recap

Champions League 2023-2024

Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich
Galatasaray
2 - 1
Final Score
Game Statistics
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0Saves0
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Pass Accuracy
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Shot Accuracy
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F
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SH
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Pass Accuracy
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Shot Accuracy
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Their showdown with Galatasaray at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening promises an exciting clash. The formidable Bavarian squad is determined to uphold their flawless 100% record in this prestigious competition, adhering to their signature attacking style of play.

One to keep a close eye on in the home team is Harry Kane, who recently achieved the remarkable feat of being the first player to notch 15 goals in the Bundesliga by the 10th round. On the flip side, defender Matthijs de Ligt remains sidelined due to injury.

The Turkish champions, on the other hand, are striving to maintain a strong presence in the top two standings, but their somewhat shaky defense leaves us inclined to predict that Thomas Tuchel’s team will secure all three points from this encounter.

Okan Buruk enjoys a fully fit squad to choose from, with the exception of Tanguy Ndombele.

Team News:

Bayern Munich faces the absence of defender Matthijs de Ligt for several weeks, dealing with a partial knee ligament tear. Additionally, Tarek Buchmann continues to recover from a hamstring problem, keeping him on the sidelines.

However, the Bavarians received a morale boost with the return of Upamecano and Leon Goretzka last weekend. Goretzka, who played with a conspicuous hand strapping following an operation last month, is poised to return to the midfield alongside Upamecano in the center-back position.

Joshua Kimmich, who served the first match of his two-game domestic ban last weekend, is eligible to play on Wednesday. He is expected to make a comeback in the midfield, potentially partnering with either Goretzka or Konrad Laimer.

The competition for the starting role in the number 10 position continues, with Thomas Muller pushing Jamal Musiala. However, Musiala is likely to retain his place behind the star striker, Kane, who has already contributed four goals (two goals and two assists) in four group-stage games this season.

Turning our attention to Galatasaray, goalkeeper Fernando Muslera is set for an extended period on the sidelines after dislocating his elbow during the victory over Kasimpasa. Consequently, Gunay Guvenc is expected to step in and make his Champions League debut as the custodian.

Halil Dervisoglu, who made a second-half appearance last weekend, is ineligible for Wednesday’s match due to his omission from the club’s Champions League squad. Abdulkerim Bardakci, who played as a left-back against Kasimpasa, is anticipated to shift to center-back against Bayern, facilitating the possible inclusion of either Kazimcan Karatas or Angelino on the left side of the defensive quartet.

In the battle for the right flank starting spot, Tete is set to vie with Hakim Ziyech. Meanwhile, the attacking trio of Zaha, Kerem Akturkoglu, and Mauro Icardi is expected to continue, which leaves Dries Mertens likely to take a place on the substitutes’ bench.