With a victory over Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday, Bayern Munich would almost certainly advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
In the Bundesliga standings, Bayern Munich are currently in third place and have not played well this year. The Bavarian giants will need to step up this week after Borussia Dortmund held them to a 2-2 draw in their previous game.
On the other hand, Viktoria Plzen, who now lead the Czech First League standings, have shone at home. However, the Czech team have lost all of their games in Europe this year and will be keen to prove something in this game.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
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Pavel Bucha will not play for Pilsen because he was sacked during Inter’s 2-0 home loss and is now sidelined for two European games.
Vaclav Jemelka could move to the side to keep things tighter at the back, while Peter Pejsa is still out with a torn cruciate ligament.
Several Bayern players are unable to go to Pilsen through injury, leaving Nagelsmann with a serious lack of defensive alternatives. These players include Matthijs de Ligt, Lucas Hernández, Alphonso Davies and Bouna Sarr.
With Noussair Mazraoui switching to left back and Joshua Kimmich retaking his position at right back, Benjamin Pavard could be forced inside to join Dayot Upamecano at centre.
Champions League form Viktoria Plzen:
L L L
Bayern Munich Champions League form:
Possible starting eleven for Viktoria Plzen:
Tvrdon; Jolik, Hejda, Jemelka, Havel; Kalvach, N’Diaye; Kopic, Vlkanova, Mosquera; Chori
Possible starting eleven for Bayern Munich:
Neuer; Kimmich, Pavard, Upamecano, Mazraoui; Goretzka, Sabitzer; Sane, Muller, Mane; Choupo-Moting
Viktoria Pilsen 0-2 Bayern Munich
0-Due to Bayern’s defensive injuries, the hosts may have little chance to make a hit, but I expect Bayern to make a big step to secure their place in the knockout stages by winning.
Despite their current lack of numbers, the Bavarians still have plenty of attacking power, as Plzen found it difficult to deal with this last week.