Man city meets Bayern Munich on Champions league
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Another four goals at the weekend means they have found the net 31 times during this eight-game winning run.
With Erling Haaland up front and back to full health, it is no surprise to see, as another two goals at St. Mary’s took the Norwegian’s tally to 30 PL goals for the season.
The side’s top scorer has a further 10 in just six Champions League outings this season, but Haaland has never enjoyed much success against Bayern, losing all seven encounters during his time with Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland had a big hand in seeing them progress to this stage of the competition, scoring five in a dominant 7-0 thrashing of another German opponent, RB Leipzig, to confirm an 8-1 aggregate victory in the last 16.
City met Bayern frequently during their early Champions League years, winning two of their three meetings here at the Etihad, with their only defeat on home soil coming when their current boss Pep Guardiola was in the away dugout with the German giants.
Despite sitting top of the Bundesliga, Bayern have been even more unconvincing than City domestically, and a mixed start for Thomas Tuchel at the helm puts increased pressure on this tie.
Team news and Injury
Guardiola will be able to call upon a near-fully fit Man City squad for this clash, with Phil Foden the only absentee as he recovers from having his appendix removed.
The City manager has not tinkered with his lineup much in recent weeks, and it could remain largely unchanged from the side that beat Southampton.
Bernardo Silva may come in for Riyad Mahrez after the Portuguese midfielder played 90 minutes in both legs against Leipzig in the last round.
The back three should remain unchanged, meaning no place for Aymeric Laporte again, while John Stones continues to excel in a midfield role, being preferred to Kalvin Phillips.
Tuchel will take his Bayern side to Manchester without a fit natural centre forward, as Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting is set to miss out with a knee problem.
Serge Gnabry was used in a central role for the win over Freiburg, but Thomas Muller has also played in that position in the past.
With Leon Goretzka expected to come back into the side after being rested against Freiburg, Jamal Musiala may move further forward with Muller being utilised up top.
Sadio Mane’s struggles may see him replaced on the left-hand side by Kingsley Coman, who scored the all-important winning goal away in Paris in their last 16 first leg.
Man city vs Bayern Munich Head to head stat
Manchester City and Bayern Munich are on an even footing as far their head-to-head record is concerned. They have won three games apiece out of the six matches that they have played in the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester City have won two of their three home games against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, with their only such defeat coming against Pep Guardiola’s side in 2013.
After a run of four defeats away from home against English opponents in the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich have lost only two of their last 10 such matches in the competition.
Pep Guardiola has won 39 out of his 72 knock-out games as a manager in the UEFA Champions League – the best win percentage of any manager that has been involved in at least 30 games in the competition.
Man city vs Bayern Munich Prediction
Manchester City have an impressive squad at their disposal but will be up against a formidable test this week. The Cityzens have flattered to deceive on the European front and will be intent on proving their critics wrong this season.
Bayern Munich have shown marked improvement under Thomas Tuchel but will need to be at their best this week. Manchester City have been more consistent over the course of the season and hold a slight upper hand going into this game.