Bayern Munich v Shakhtar Donetsk match preview and prediction

By on March 12, 2015

Bayern Munich host Shakhtar Donetsk at the Allianz-Arena in Munich on Wednesday night as they look to progress to the next round after a disappointing result in the first leg.

The first leg between the two sides took place at a neutral venue and it is safe to say that the game was one to forget for the neutrals. Both sides failed to make any decent chances throughout the game and although Bayern Munich were in complete control of the game, they did not have much to show for it on the scoreboard. Above all Bayern Munich midfield maestro Xabi Alonso received a red card in the second half and earned a suspension from the second leg. Pep Guardiola would have been disapppointed by the result of the 1st leg as a win in that could have took the pressure off the Bavarians ahead of this second leg. Lucescu on the other hand was very pleased with the draw and he knows that the game is for the taking here in the 2nd leg.

Bayern Munich had a poor outing in Ukraine in the 1st leg but they are expected to up the tempo in the 2nd leg. Pep Guardiola knows that even though they were held by Shakhtar in Ukraine, the objective is farily simple. If they win this game then they will go through. And the manager will be very confident of his side’s chances as Bayern Munich have one of the best squads in the tournament and playing at home in front of their fans, it will take a monumental screw up from them to lose this tie. They have been shaky in recent weeks, as recently as last weekend in the game against Hannover where they had to come from behind to pick up all 3 points, and Pep Guardiola will not take any chances here as Lucescu himself is a very good tactician and even a bit of complacency form Bayern Munich could cost them. They are certainly the favorites in this game but it will not be a comfortable win for the Bavarians.

Bayern Munich have been in excellent form recently having won four of their last five games in all competitions while drawing just one. That draw came against Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of this fixture. Their last game was the 3-1 away win over Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga. Bayern have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches in the Champions League.

Shakhtar Donetsk could not have asked for more after their 0-0 draw in the home leg of this tie. Lucescu would have been very pleased with the result and the coach knows that his side are very much in the tie and have all to play for in this leg. Still, they do have an uohill task at their hands if they are to progress to the next round as they must win this game or earn at least a 1-1 draw to go through which means controlling Bayern Munich’s attacking threat in their home ground. Bayern will be playing in front of their homes upport and will be motivated to perform well and that means they will again dominate this game. Lucescu has to set his side up so they are compact in defence as in the 1st leg and he will hope that his side can make the most of those chances that come their way. If they can make use of the goalscoring opportunites then there is no doubt they will be a nuisance for the Bavarians.

Shakhtar Donetsk have been in good form as well having won three of their last five games in all competitions while drawing two of them. Their last game was the 2-2 draw against Metalist Kharkiv.

Bayern Munich will be without a few of their first team players for this game. Xabi Alonso will miss out after picking up a red card in the first leg. Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to replace him in the starting XI. Pep Guardiola might opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation for this game with Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben all starting this one. Davide Alaba could start in midfield once again. Javi Martinez, Philipp Lahm and Thiago Alcantara are all unfit and will not feature.

Shakhtar Donetsk have no pressing injury concerns but a few of their players are doubtful for this game. Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Alex Teixeira, Sergey Krivtsov and Ivan Ordets will be assessed closer to kickoff. Taras Stepanenko is back for this game after serving his suspension and could start in midfield ahead of Fred.

DATE: March 11, 2015

TIME: 7:45 PM GMT

VENUE: Allianz-Arena, Munchen

REFEREE: W. Collum

PROBABLE LINE-UPS:
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1):- Neuer; Bernat, Badstuber, Boateng, Rafinha; Alaba, Schweinsteiger; Ribery, Muller, Robben; Lewandowski
Shakhtar Dontesk (4-4-1-1):- Pyatov; Shevchuk, Rakitskiy, Kucher, Srna; Taison, Fernando, Stepanenko, Costa; Teixeira; Adriano

1ST LEG RESULT: February 17, 2015 | Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

RECENT FORM:
Bayern Munich:- W W W W D
Shakhtar Donetsk:- D W W D

AUTHOR’s PREDICTION: Bayern Munich 3-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

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