Bayern Munich hosts Red Bull Salzburg in the second leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Tuesday, March 8th at Allianz Arena (Munich)
Bayern Munich started their performance in the Champions League in Group E. Julian Nagelsmann’s team took 1st place with 18 points earned in matches against Benfica (4-0 and 5-2), Barcelona (3-0 and 3-0) and Dynamo Kyiv (5-0 and 2-1). The Bavarians dominate in the Bundesliga standings as usual. The reigning German champions are on their way to another title. Ten rounds before the finish of the championship, Bayern Munich is ahead of the second-ranked Borussia Dortmund by eight points, and Bayer Leverkusen is as many as 14 points behind. Despite this advantage, Nagelsmann’s players do not look invulnerable and periodically lose points. In mid-February, Bayern Munich conceded four goals from Bochum (2-4), and in January the Reds suffered an unexpected home defeat from Borussia Monchengladbach (1-2).
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Red Bull Salzburg played in the Champions League qualification and qualified for Group G. The Red Bulls finished second with ten points scored in matches against Lille (2-1 and 0-1), Sevilla (1-1 and 1-0), and Wolfsburg (3-1 and 1-2). And Salzburg is taking part in the playoffs of the main European Cup for the first time in history. This club is also a hegemon in the national championship. The Red Bulls are simply unstoppable in the Austrian Bundesliga, where they have a 16-point lead over second-placed Sturm Graz. In addition, Jaissle’s men are one step away from reaching the final of the Austrian Cup. To play in the decisive match, Salzburg must beat Wolfsberger in the semifinals on 16 March.
Salzburg players looked very good in the first home leg and could have won if they hadn’t conceded in one of the last attacks. Now the Red Bulls have an even more difficult task: to achieve an acceptable result on the pitch of Bayern Munich. A victory in Munich will allow them to advance to the next stage, while a draw will send the teams into extra time. The Bavarians looked very strong in their home matches in the current Champions League. They scored at least three goals and beat their opponents in all three games of the group stage. It is likely that this streak will continue on Tuesday. The Austrians upset Bayern’s goalkeepers in all head-to-head matches in the Champions League. We expect their goal in Munich, as the German champions are vulnerable in defense. If we look at the last six games, the defense of Bayern kept a clean sheet only in the game with Eintracht (1-0), and the Frankfurters also created several scoring chances.