May 10, 2021

Bayern Munich vs Chelsea preview

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Team news, stats and prediction as Chelsea travel to Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Team news

Kingsley Coman will miss Bayern’s Champions League clash with Chelsea due to a muscle injury. The 24-year-old France winger missed training on Friday and will sit out Saturday’s last-16 second leg encounter in Munich.

Bayern boss Hansi Flick admitted he must now choose between Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho to replace Coman, with the hosts boasting a 3-0 lead from the first leg at Stamford Bridge back in March.

Robert Lewandowski (L) celebrates with David Alaba and Alphonso Davies after scoring against Chelsea
Image: Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in March

Meanwhile, Chelsea are without the likes of Christian Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro after the trio all picked up injuries in last weekend’s FA Cup final loss to Arsenal.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour are also sidelined and Marcos Alonso and Jorginho are both suspended for the trip to Bavaria.

And Frank Lampard has fitness concerns over Willian and N’Golo Kante as well, while the Chelsea manager must also make a decision on who starts in goal, with Kepa Arrizabalaga having been dropped for the last two matches.

Willian 1:43
Arsenal is the ‘most likely destination’ for Chelsea midfielder Willian if he fails to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge, according to Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol.

How to follow

Follow Bayern Munich vs Chelsea on Sky Sports’ digital platform with a dedicated live blog from 6.45pm on Saturday.

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Opta facts

  • Bayern Munich have only hosted Chelsea once previously for a competitive match, winning 3-2 in April 2005 in the Champions League, with current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard scoring the opening goal for the Blues.
  • Chelsea and Bayern Munich last faced in the Allianz Arena in the 2012 Champions League final, with the Blues victorious on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
  • In the entire history of the European Cup and Champions League, no team has ever won by three or more goals in the first leg of a knockout match away from home and failed to progress, going through on all 92 previous occasions.
  • Chelsea are winless in their last seven away Champions League matches in the knockout stages (D4 L3) since a 1-0 win at Benfica in March 2012 in the quarter final.
  • Chelsea have only scored three goals in an away Champions League knockout match once previously, winning 3-1 at Liverpool in April 2009; Bayern have only conceded three times in three of their 43 home Champions League knockout games, though did so most recently in a 1-3 defeat to Liverpool in March 2019.
  • Bayern have won their first seven Champions League games this season, scoring 27 goals and conceding just five. Only one team has ever won their first eight matches of a campaign, with Barcelona winning their first nine in 2002-03 across the two group stages, before going out in the quarter final.

Charlie’s prediction

LEWANDOWSKI
Image: Can Chelsea’s defence keep out the red-hot Lewandowski?

This will be comfortable for Bayern, who have Robert Lewandowski leading the line. The Poland striker was the top goalscorer in Europe and given Chelsea’s suspect defence, I do not give them much hope.

It is a success story getting into the top four, I do not disagree with that, but you could see their vulnerabilities in the run-in and in the FA Cup final. Frank Lampard wants to play attacking, and on the front foot football, but you have to be assured at the back and they are not. Whether that is a back three or a back four, it does not work, while they also have problems in the wide areas.

Meanwhile, a few Chelsea players know they might be leaving this summer – Olivier Giroud, Willian and Jorginho could all be departing, alongside a few others. For that reason, it does not put you in a good place going into these situations. They will go out and go out tamely and this season is over for Chelsea, with it being a comfortable contest for Bayern.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (17/2 with Sky Bet)

Four last-16 ties remaining

  • Manchester City vs Real Madrid (2-1)
  • Bayern Munich vs Chelsea (3-0)
  • Barcelona vs Napoli (1-1)
  • Juventus vs Lyon (0-1)

Quarter-final draw in full

  • Real Madrid or Manchester City vs Lyon or Juventus
  • RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid
  • Napoli or Barcelona vs Chelsea or Bayern
  • Atalanta vs PSG

Semi-final draw

  • Real Madrid/Manchester City or Lyon/Juventus vs Napoli/Barcelona or Chelsea/Bayern Munich
  • RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid vs Atalanta or Paris Saint-Germain

Champions League knockout stage – key dates

  • Champions League last-16 second legs: August 7-8
  • Champions League quarter-finals: August 12-15 (Lisbon)
  • Champions League semi-finals: August 18-19 (Lisbon)
  • Champions League final: August 23 (Estadio da Luz, Lisbon)

For a full assessment of the Champions League state of play read more here