UCL: Bayern Munich Vs Arsenal - Preview, team news and predicted lineups

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Munich, Feb 15: Bayern Munich take on Arsenal in a crucial UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg encounter at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

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The Gunners will be eyeing at least a point against a very strong Bayern side away from home. Arsenal current form is not very impressive as they lost 2 out of their last 3 matches in the English Premier League.

File photo: Bayern's Robert Lewandowski (right) fails to score against Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech (left)

Kick off: 1:15 AM (IST), February 16

Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich

The match will be telecasted LIVE on Ten Networks.


Team News

Bayern Munich

Franck Ribery is back in the Bayern Munich squad after injury which will be a great news for Carlo Ancelotti. Ribery, though, is not likely to start ahead of Thomas Muller or Arjen Robben against the Gunners.

Bayern Munich are currently in a great form and are leading the Bundesliga charts by 7 points. They will hope to gain full three points from tonight's encounter.

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger will welcome back Granit Xhaka into the squad who had missed out on English Premier League action due to suspension. 

The Swiss international may start the game alongside Francis Coquelin in the central midfield. Xhaka's inclusion would Chamberlain up in his natural position in the flanks. 

Alexis Sanchez will continue to be the team's number 9 as Wenger is unlikely to gamble fielding Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez against a strong opponent like Bayern Munich.

As confirmed by the manager David Ospina will start ahead of first choice keeper, Petr Cech.


Predicted line-ups

Bayern Munich (4-3-3): Manuel Neuer; Phillip Lahm, Javi Martinez, Mat Hummels, David Alaba; Thiago Alcantara, Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal, Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben.

Bayern Munich formation

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): David Ospina, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Francis Coquelin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal formation

Prediction

Bayern Munich 2-1 Arsenal

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