Bayern Munich - Juventus Preview: Away goals fueling a slim Bayern advantage

Can the Bavarians halt their Turin opponents and advance to the next stage?

Bayern Munich - Juventus Preview: Away goals fueling a slim Bayern advantage
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A thrilling 90 minutes in Turin saw a courageous Juventus side come back from 2-0 down to Bayern Munich, to draw the first leg 2-2.

Now all attentions have turned to Munich and the Allianz Arena, as two of Europe's footballing giants do battle for a place in the quarter-finals.

First leg

It was certainly a first half to forget for Max Allegri's Juventus in the Champions League opening fixture between the two sides.

Pep Guardiola's Bayern unleashed their attacking prowess early on, which saw the Germans go in to the final half hour with a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead.

Goals from Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben made the cup tie seem sealed however, Juventus thought otherwise.

Two second half goals from man in form, Paulo Dybala and substitute Stefano Sturaro left the tie open at 2-2. 

Paulo Dybala sparked the Juventus comeback in Turin. | Photo: AP - BBC
Paulo Dybala sparked the Juventus comeback in Turin. | Photo: AP - BBC

Team news

With two in-form teams, both in position to clinch titles in their respective leagues, Wednesday's game is set to be a European blockbuster. 

Only Javi Martinez, Holger Badstuber and newly-returning Jerome Boateng are set to miss the clash, and Guardiola is expected to name a similar side to the one that drew in Italy. 

Predicted line-up: (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Rafinha, Tasci, Benatia, Alaba; Lahm, Vidal; Robben, Müller, Douglas Costa; Lewandowski. 

After being spotted limping after Juventus' league match against Sassuolo, Mario Mandzukic is rumoured to be missing for the vital game on Wednesday.

Claudio Marchisio will also be unavailable for selection and the same can be said of Martin Caceres and forward Paulo Dybala.

Giorgio Chiellini is on his way back to full fitness, but Allegri is unlikely to risk further injury to one of his key defenders ahead of the run in.

Juventus look set to field a striving squad who are currently three points clear at the top of Serie A

Predicted line-up: (4-3-3) Buffon; Lichensteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Evra; Sturaro, Khedira, Pogba; Cuadrado, Zaza, Morata. 

Up for grabs

With a prestigious spot in the quarter finals of the Champions League waiting to be allocated, both teams will enter the game with a huge state of intent.

Bayern Munich will march into the Allianz Arena as slight favourites, with two away goals and home support to their advantage.

However, last year's finalists will not go down without a fight under any circumstances, as witnessed in the first leg. 

Wednesday 16th March; Kick off: 7.45pm.