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Juventus vs Bayern Munich: Match Preview, Predicted Lineups, Tactical Setup and Prediction

European football does not get any better than this as two heavyweights of the game collide to assert their supremacy in the first leg of Champions League round of 16 tie. What makes this tie a fascinating one is the impeccable run of from these two teams will bring in this match.

The last time Bayern Munich lost a game was back in the first week of December, while Juve are unbeaten in their last 12 games. Don’t kill me for going cliched but there is no better term to describe this tie than “The battle between an irresistible force vs an immovable object.”

Juventus vs Bayern Munich Predicted Starting XI

Bayern are struggling on the injury front as they will miss their first-choice central defenders Jerome Boateng and Mehdi Benatia for this crucial fixture. Skipper Philipp Lahm will need to shield his back-four in order to negate any threats from the deadly movements of Juve strikers Pablo Dybala and Alvaro Morata.

On the other hand, Juventus are at full strength, with only casualty being the forward Mario Mandzukic.

Juventus starting XI – Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Barzagali, Bonnucci, Evra, Khedira, Marchisio, Pogba, Cuadrado, Morata, Dybala

Bayern Munich starting XI – Neuer, Rafinha, Kimmich, Alaba, Lahm, Vidal, Costa, Mueller, Robben, Lewandowski

Player to watch – Paulo Dybala

Juventus vs Bayern Munich Tactical Preview

Juventus vs Bayern Munich Tactical Setup

This will be European Football’s most fascinating battle in recent times. While Bayern’s passing game is a terror for any team at the moment, Juve have forged an eye-catchy playing style under Masmilliano Allegri.

The Italian has gone back to the style of playing a 4-4-2 formation, and the front two Dybala and Morata have a brilliant understanding of each other’s movements. Juve’s strongest point is their impeccable midfield. With Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira, the Italians can dominate any game of football.

As for Bayern, they would rely on the brilliance of Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller to feed Robert Lewandowski, who does not need a second invitation to score goals.

Juventus vs Bayern Munich Prediction

I think there will be goals in this game. Bayern would look to play it safe early on, but Juventus can open the game with a goal. Knowing that, they will have to score, Bayern could come out to play and it woul dmake for a fascinating game of football. Predicted ScorelineJuventus 3 Bayern Munich 1.

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