Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 23, 2013; Time 7:45 PM BST;
Venue: Allianz-Arena — München.
The Bavarians takes on the Blaugranas in heavyweight duel. Jupp Heynckes’ high-flying team is in outstanding form and will try to extend their good run against Barcelona at the Allianz Arena, while Tito Vilanova’s men will be looking for positive result when they will be without key defenders on Tuesday night.
It is a first game of the semi-final week in the Champions League. Four best clubs in Europe will fight for two tickets to the final. League winners from Germany and Spain will clash in the first leg of their semi-final. Barcelona are not so good away from home this season, but Messi’s return could change a lot even against a terrible Bayern Munich. The newly Bundesliga champions will be aiming to put the visiting side under pressure, as they are slight favourites at home.
Bayern Munich stands at the top of the Bundesliga table with 81 points from 30 games. The Bavarians have already won the German Bundesliga league title and have a 20 point advantage over 2nd-placed Borussia Dortmund. Their present form has seen 8 straight wins from last eight games in all competitions. Last five home matches the Bavariansa have finished with 4 wins and 1 defeat. In the Champions League they passed through Arsenal and Juventus. They have won 18 of their last 19 home games in all competitions, with just 1 loss against Arsenal. Also, Bayern Munich have won 3, drew 2 and lost 1 of their 6 previous fixtures with Barcelona in Europe.
Barcelona stands at the top of the La Liga table with 84 points from 23 games. The Blaugrna have 13 points advantage over Real Madrid and are close to return La Liga title. Their present form has seen 2 draws and 3 wins from last five games. Last five away amctehs the Catalan giants have finished with 2 losses, 2 draws and 1 win. In the Champions League Barcelona passed through Milan and PSG. Also, Barcelona have won just 2 of their last 8 away matches across all competitions, but they are on an eight-match unbeaten run against German sides.
Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic will watch the game from the stands due to suspension. Philipp Lahm, Dante and Luiz Gustavo could miss the second-leg if they will be booked in this game. Philippe Lahm, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger will return to the starting line after being rested in 6-1 win over Hannover at the weekend. Toni Kroos and Holger Badstuber remain long term injured.
Lionel Messi has returned to trainings, but he is still a major question. The Argentinean international missed last two matches due to a hamstring strain. Key defenders Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano both have knee injuries, while Adriano is suspended. So young Marc Bartra or big man and player Eric Abidal could partner Gerard Pique in centre of defence. Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Alex Song will miss the next fixture between these teams at the Camp Now if they will get yellow card.
Bayern Munich line-up: Neuer, Lahm, Buyten, Dante, Alaba, Martínez, Schweinsteiger, Robben, Müller, Ribéry, Gómez.
Last three matches:
Hannover 96 1 – FC Bayern München 6;
FC Bayern München 6 – VfL Wolfsburg 1;
FC Bayern München 4 – Nürnberg 0.
Barcelona line-up: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Bartra, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Sánchez.
Last three matches:
FC Barcelona 1 – Levante 0;
Zaragoza 0 – FC Barcelona 3;
FC Barcelona 1 – Paris Saint-Germain 1.