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Nov 25, 2020 at 8pm UK at Allianz Arena
BayernBayern Munich
3-1
SalzburgRed Bull Salzburg
Lewandowski (42'), Wober (52' og.), Sane (68')
Neuer (24'), Roca (48')
Roca (66')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Berisha (73')
Koita (58'), Camara (90+5')

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Red Bull Salzburg - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Champions League clash between Bayern Munich and Red Bull Salzburg, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Bayern Munich entertain Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday, with a win guaranteeing the hosts safe passage through to the knockout stages of the competition for the 13th consecutive season.

The Bavarians won the recent meeting between the two sides 6-2 in Austria, with a flurry of late Bayern goals making the result a little more one-sided than the reality of the match.


Match preview

Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich is helped off after picking up an injury in November 2020© Reuters

Last season's champions have looked in formidable form so far this season, topping the Bundesliga after eight games and winning all three of their Champions League games in Group A.

Beating Salzburg and qualifying for the last 16 with two matches to spare would be a major boost to Hansi Flick's side, who have suffered with injuries in recent weeks and would greatly benefit from the option to rest players in what would essentially be European dead rubbers, depending on Atletico Madrid's results and whether finishing ahead of them in the group is considered a major priority.

Indeed, without Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka or Corentin Tolisso in midfield from the start, the Bavarians looked a little out of sorts in the 1-1 home draw with Werder Bremen on Saturday, allowing title rivals Borussia Dortmund to close the gap having beaten them in the previous round of fixtures prior to the international break.

However, with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane all fit and firing, they still possess more firepower than any side in Europe and Salzburg will have an extremely tough job containing them.

Red Bull Salzburg forward Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates scoring in the Champions League in October 2020© Reuters

After almost qualifying for the knockout stages for the first time in the club's history last season, Red Bull Salzburg have been a little disappointing this time around, gaining a solitary point from their first three matches in Group A.

Jesse Marsch's side have led in all three matches, including taking an early lead against Bayern before pegging them back to 2-2 in the second half, but conceding 11 goals in three games has certainly not been a recipe for success.

In Dominik Szoboszlai, who scored against Lokomotiv Moscow and Atletico, they have one of Europe's most highly rated young players. The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, with the Hungary international's last minute strike against Iceland dramatically taking his nation to Euro 2020.

Marsch will need his key player to be firing on all cylinders if his side are to have any chance of gaining a positive result to Bayern, which realistically they need in order to have any chance of remaining in the competition.

Bayern Munich Champions League form: WWW
Bayern Munich form (all competitions): WWWWWD

Red Bull Salzburg Champions League form: DLL
Red Bull Salzburg form (all competitions): WLWLDL


Team News

Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Kimmich is unlikely to return until the New Year having sustained meniscus damage in the win against Dortmund, with Alphonso Davies out until early December with a torn ankle ligament.

Lucas Hernandez, who has capably replaced Davies in recent weeks, limped off early against Bremen having suffered bruising to his pelvic region after a collision with Theodor Gebre Selassie and may not be risked against Salzburg.

Tolisso has resumed full training following his minor injury sustained on international duty with France, but it would be no surprise to see him also saved until the weekend.

Zlatko Junuzovic and Masaya Okugawa, who have both scored in this season's competition, played no part in the weekend's league defeat to Sturm Graz and are doubtful to feature against Bayern.

Star striker Patson Daka is definitely out with a thigh injury, while Antoine Bernede's shin injury is likely to keep the midfielder on the sidelines until late January.

Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Alaba, Sarr; Martinez, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski

Red Bull Salzburg possible starting lineup:
Stankovic; Nissen, Ramalho, Wober, Ulmer; Mwepu, Kamara, Seiwald; Berisha, Szoboszlai; Koita


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We say: Bayern Munich 4-1 Red Bull Salzburg

With Salzburg potentially missing key attacking players and struggling to fight the right balance defensively, we can see Bayern running riot in order to secure qualification for the knockout stages.

While their midfield isn't fully functioning at present, Flick's side simply possess too much quality in and around both boxes for Salzburg to gain the result they may well require to realistically stay in the competition.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern MunichBayern16113248252336
2RB Leipzig1695228141432
3Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen1685330161429
4Borussia DortmundDortmund1692532201229
5Union BerlinUnion Berlin1677232201228
6Wolfsburg166822419526
7Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt166822824426
8Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach166733026425
9Freiburg166552926323
10Stuttgart165743224822
11Augsburg165471725-819
12Werder Bremen164661924-518
13Hertha Berlin164572325-217
14Hoffenheim164482230-816
15Arminia Bielefeld1642101024-1414
16FC Koln162681327-1412
17Mainz 051614111534-197
18Schalke 04Schalke1614111342-297

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