Klopp demands Reds improvement

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims his side should play better following their goalless stalemate against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

The Reds had a number of chances to take an advantage going into the Champions League last 16 second-leg in Munich but failed to capitalise at Anfield.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both had opportunities in the first half but failed to find a way past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Klopp was left frustrated with the result after the game and knows his side can be much more of the threat going forward than what they showed on Tuesday night.

He told BT Sport: "We made life more difficult with the last pass today – about 10 or 12 times a promising situation [fizzled out].

"We can play better. We should play better.

"In the first half we had the bigger chances. I can't remember any chances for either side in the second half.

"It wasn't a Champions League night from that point of view. From a result point of view, it's OK. It's not a dream result but it's a good one."

Liverpool are 13/5 to win, 13/5 to draw and 19/20 to lose the second leg in 90 minutes at the Allianz Arena.

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Champions League: All Square at Anfield

Liverpool 0-0 FC Bayern

It was billed as the tightest clash of the Champions League Round of 16, and so it turned out as Liverpool and Bayern played out a goalless draw at Anfield.

And that means the tie is finely balanced, with Liverpool just needing a scoring draw in Munich to go through to the final eight. I think that might just suit Jurgen Klopp.

The hosts’ manager said before the game that Liverpool fans would rather win the Premier League than the Champions League; maybe that was a bit of pre-match kidology. Meanwhile, Bayern coach Niko Kovac said Liverpool were the toughest draw his side could have had in the Round of 16 and he won’t have changed his mind after this 90 minutes.

With ten Champions League (or European Cup) titles between them, Liverpool and FC Bayern are elder statesmen of Europe’s premier competition and are both well in the reckoning in the Champions League 2019 betting markets. But only one of them will survive the return in Bavaria.

Highlights of the game

Virgil van Dijk’s absence through suspension meant Liverpool’s depleted defence was now without their main man, and Fabinho stepped in again. But the home side looked in some disarray in the early exchanges. Joel Matip almost scored an own goal, but lucky for him his miscued clearance ricocheted off Alisson’s face and out. That would have been one for the Champions League 2019 highlights package if the ball had flown into the net!

As expected, Liverpool looked more sure-footed up front, and after good work from Mo Salah and Naby Keita, Sadio Mane came close but pulled his shot just wide. But then Alisson almost gifted Bayern a goal when he came out to beat Robert Lewandowski to the ball, but he passed it to Kingsley Coman who fired into the side netting.

Salah came close when he got on the end of a superb ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Mane had another fine chance after a Keita shot hit Niklas Sule and bounced at his feet. However, he fired wide when he should have scored.

All square at the break and Liverpool had recovered well from a shaky start. While Bayern started stronger, the Reds could and probably should have been ahead by half-time. And they had another great chance at the start of the second half after Manuel Neuer came to meet Andy Robertson; the wing-back’s cross reached Salah at the back post, but he poked the ball wide with the goal gaping.

Mats Hummels played a vital role during the first-leg Champions League tie against Liverpool

Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels in action with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah during the Champions League round of 16 first leg at Anfield

Serge Gnabry came close for the Bavarians but his shot went just over the bar with Alisson beaten. Liverpool went back on the front foot, and Mats Hummels did well to deny Mane. And as the pressure mounted and a Liverpool corner flew in, the ball pinged about in the box before Matip blazed over when the chance fell to him rather than a striker. And the crowd was on its feet on 85 minutes when Mane headed a Robertson cross towards the corner, but Neuer stretched to tip the ball around the post.

Key Statistics

The Reds are now 13 matches unbeaten at Anfield and 20 European home games unbeaten, while it was the first draw for Liverpool in 12 Champions League outings.

Klopp’s team won the shot count by 15 to nine but only had two on target, while the only player to test Alisson was his own defender Joel Matip!

Bayern won only one of eight clashes with Liverpool but haven’t scored in four attempts at Anfield. But then, what can you expect if you don’t have a shot on target? We can be pretty sure Alisson will have much more to do when Liverpool visit Germany.

What’s next?

Well then. After another epic night under the floodlights at Anfield, the drama continues with THE big game in the Premier League season. It’s Manchester United against Liverpool on Sunday, and we’ll be looking at that game soon to make our us tips.

It’s sure to be an absolute belter. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red revolution is in full flow again, after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup, and Klopp’s team will be determined to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the league.

After winning away at Augsburg last Friday, Bayern are now hot on the heels of leaders BVB and have a home game against Hertha Berlin. Expect Kovac’s men to win that one.

 

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Alisson expects Reds to cope

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is confident his side will be able to cope without suspended defender Virgil van Dijk when they face Bayern Munich.

Record signing Van Dijk is forced to sit out the Champions League last-16 first leg match at Anfield on Tuesday evening, but his Reds colleague believes that other players will be able to step in and plug the gap effectively.

Alisson told Premier League Productions: "All the defenders have played so when one comes in and one leaves, we don't feel that loss because we're all used to each other.

"That the backline are all able to communicate with each other and know each other really well, is vital for any team.

"Once you've cracked it, you've got it and we seem confident."

A number of reports suggest that midfielder Fabinho could be the man to take the place of Netherlands stopper Van Dijk.

Meanwhile, Bayern have suffered a defensive blow of their own, with Jerome Boateng having not travelled to England due to illness.

Liverpool and Bayern have, somewhat surprisingly, only met in one previous European Cup tie – that in the semi-finals in 1981 – when a Ray Kennedy goal gave the Reds victory on away goals after the tie ended level at 1-1.

The Merseysiders went on to win the final against Real Madrid, with Alan Kennedy scoring the only goal of the game in Paris.

Liverpool are 21/20 to win the game on Tuesday evening and are 11/1 to claim a 2-0 victory, with the Reds 4/5 to reach the quarter-finals at the expense of Bayern.

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Champions League: Liverpool and FC Bayern are Euro Stars

Liverpool vs Bayern Munich

This is the UEFA Champions League at its best. Two of Europe’s finest teams are set to battle it out in the first knockout stage, at Anfield, on Tuesday night.

The atmosphere on Merseyside will be electric when Liverpool and FC Bayern take to the field, and the passionate Reds fans will roar their team on against the reigning Bundesliga champions. Already out of the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to stay in this one, to ensure a season of such promise doesn’t start to fall apart.

And equally, Bayern coach Niko Kovac will be determined to take his team deep into the competition, as they gather serious momentum after a slow start under his leadership.

This tie, over two legs, will surely be one to pick up in the Champions League 2019 highlights as no other has two such well matched teams, both packed with world class quality.

Talking Points

A time of destiny for Liverpool?

This could be the most incredible season since pre Premier League days for the long-suffering Liverpool fans, especially if they can win the domestic title for the first time in three decades. It’s going to go down to the wire. The Reds are neck and neck with Manchester City and Spurs haven’t yet given up the chase.

After the Sky Blues had a serious blip over Christmas they have come back in scintillating form and all the talk in the UK is whether Liverpool can keep their nerve and hold off the champions. The Reds certainly have the firepower. Sadio Mane has scored in four consecutive league games and taken his season tally to 12, while Mo Salah is battling it out at the top of the Premier League scoring charts; locked on 17 goals with City’s Sergio Aguero.

Kingsley Coman has been passed fit to play in Bayern Munich's Champions League clash vs Liverpool

FC Bayern winger Kingsley Coman is available to face Liverpool in Tuesday’s crucial Champions League last-16 clash

Flying wingback Andy Robertson has a wicked cross on him and he has said the Reds will come out all guns blazing on Tuesday. And at the back the man mountain Virgil van Dijk will aim to repel anything the Germans can throw at him.

Defeat is unthinkable and the Reds are ready for the fight.

Bayern has eyes on the biggest prizes too

Niko Kovac’s Bayern has recovered from a slow start in the Bundesliga to put a heap of pressure on BVB at the top of the table; and that league looks like going down to the wire too. The Bavarians had a hard fought 3-2 win away to Augsburg on Friday night to climb to within two points of the top and now it’s over to Dortmund.

Kingsley Coman made his case for a starting place on Tuesday with a man-of-the-match performance in Augsburg, scoring two and coming close to a hat-trick.

And Van Dijk and co won’t need reminding of the threat of Polish hit man Robert Lewandowski. He hasn’t been quite as prolific in the Bundesliga this season, but has made up for it in Europe, bagging eight goals in the six group matches. To put that into context, Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer with three.

Bayern has a defence well equipped to cope with Liverpool’s attacking threat, with Mats Hummels, David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich equally able to support the midfield and attack when the Bavarians are on the front foot.

Meanwhile, a recent story has emerged from Munich that FC Bayern came close to appointing Klopp as their head coach back in 2008, shortly before he became BVB’s most successful boss in recent times. How he would love to show the Bavarians what they have missed… but it won’t be easy.

History

With ten European Cup or Champions League titles between them, five each, Liverpool and FC Bayern are two elder statesmen of the competition. Only Real Madrid and AC Milan have won more. And these two are both in the frame for another win, in the group of teams most likely to depose Real Madrid.

According to the latest Champions League 2019 betting odds they are two of seven clubs capable of lifting the trophy in a wide open competition.

The Reds are on a run of five matches unbeaten and 12 unbeaten at Anfield, so their Liverpool home is beginning to look like the fortress of yore.

But Bayern arrives at Anfield with seven wins in the last eight and the momentum is growing.

Betting Tip

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Liverpool vs Bayern Munich 2-3 Total Goals @ 2.04
February 20, 04:00(GMT+8)

This is a fascinating clash and really hard to call. Our pre-match us odds have the hosts at 2.01, with Bayern at 3.55 and the draw 3.45.

Home advantage is in Liverpool’s favour, but I feel momentum is slightly with the Germans, as Klopp’s side has struggled to put teams away, drawing twice on the bounce recently.

So I’m going to stay on the fence and back a close game with no more than one goal in it. And if one side wins 2-0 or 3-0 I’m using a nice hedge!

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Lovren doubtful for Bayern game

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that Dejan Lovren is not expected to be fit in time for the side's meeting with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The teams meet at Anfield on Tuesday in the round of 16 first-leg and Liverpool will be without Virgil van Dijk who is suspended for the game.

However, Lovren is unlikely to play as his replacement. The Croatian suffered a hamstring injury against Wolves last month and has not travelled with the squad to their warm-weather training camp in the south of Spain.

Klopp admits that Lovren is not expected to be fit for Tuesday night's game.

He said: "I don't want to rule it out but I cannot really plan with it.

"He is not here for good reasons, because he cannot be part of training. We are back on Friday. Then from Saturday on, Dejan is back at Melwood and we will see.

"But in the moment we prepare the game and in this preparation Dejan is not involved. We have to find other solutions."

Klopp though did have better news on Georginio Wijnaldum who had been ill and missed training in Marbella.

His manager said that he was recovering and should be in contention to face the Bundesliga champions.

Liverpool are 1/1 to win the first-leg and take a lead to Germany with Bayern 23/10 and the draw 14/5.

Liverpool are without a match this weekend with the FA Cup fifth round ties taking place, having lost to Wolves in the third round.

Klopp's side are second in the Premier League table and follow the Bayern fixture with a match away to Manchester United next Sunday.

Liverpool are 6/5 to win their first Premier League title with Manchester City 8/11 to retain the trophy they won last year.

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Bundesliga or UCL? That Is the Question For Bayern Munich vs Augsburg

Augsburg vs Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich take on Augsburg this weekend, but they could have their eyes set on next week’s Champions League showdown with Liverpool.

The Bavarians continue to mount the pressure on Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race, and they have a great chance to cut the deficit further when they visit 15th-placed Augsburg at the WWK Arena.

However, Niko Kovac has a decision to make on how he will line up his squad against Augsburg, with their high-profile match with Liverpool just three days away from the league fixture.

Augsburg are considered heavy underdogs even though they are playing at home, but they will take every chance they can get as they try to pull away from the drop zone.

Talking Points

Where will Bayern’s focus be?

Although three days might seem enough for Bayern Munich to rest their players after a game, there are plenty of factors to consider.

First and foremost, Kovac can’t risk injuring his stars ahead of a Champions League game, especially with their aspirations of making a run for the title.

Of course the Bundesliga is equally important, but European glory may weigh more for them this time after winning the German top flight the past six seasons. For what it’s worth, the reigning German champions last won the UCL in 2013.

Another thing to consider for Bayern and Kovac is that they will be the visitors first against Liverpool—this after their trip to Augsburg.

With that said, Bayern’s top stars really need all the rest they could get before taking on the Premier League giants.

The team seems to have made their move on how they will approach the Augsburg game. The likes of Arjen Robben, Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski missed the club’s recent training session, possibly signifying that they would be sidelined or would see limited minutes against Augsburg.

Robert Lewandowski is currently rank third in Bundesliga top scorers

Robert Lewandowski in action for Bayern Munich against VfB Stuttgart

Nothing is set in stone yet, but it’s not wrong to expect that Bayern will make some key changes which could make them a little bit vulnerable.

Augsburg posing no threat

Augsburg will hope that Bayern would opt to rest their stars when they visit, especially now that they are struggling to find their footing.

Indeed, fighting a shorthanded Bayern squad is Augsburg’s only hope to take some points against the Bundesliga giants. After all, they are currently holding a record of four wins, six draws and 11 losses.

Augsburg did manage to hold Bayern to a 1-1 draw in their first meeting this campaign, but this is a different Bavarian team we are talking about—having beaten Schalke 04 by a 3-1 scoreline in their most recent outing.

In contrast, the Fuggerstadter have made the Bundesliga 2019 news headlines for the wrong reasons, taking only one win in their last 12 league fixtures. They even conceded four goals in a loss to 10th-ranked Werder Bremen over the weekend.

Manuel Baum’s outfit has 10-goal man Alfred Finnbogason to lead the attack, but he needs to recapture his form quickly after scoring a measly three goals in their last 10—those three markers also came in just one game.

History

Bayern are unarguably the best club the German top flight has ever produced, so it’s not surprising to see them dominate their head-to-head record against Augsburg.

Out of their 15 Bundesliga meetings, Bayern won 12 times and lost twice. Their draw last September was the only stalemate they played against each other.

The Bavarians averaged at least three goals in their victories over Augsburg, with their most memorable performance a 6-0 drubbing at the Allianz Arena back in the 2016-17 season. Lewandowski had a hat-trick back then, while Thomas Muller chipped in a double.

Betting Tip

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Augsburg vs Bayern Munich Under 3.25 @ 1.96
February 16, 03:30 (GMT+8)

As expected, Bayern are overwhelming favourites at us, with the Bundesliga 2019 odds giving Augsburg no chance at all.

Although it’s hard to disagree with the numbers given the difference in quality and depth of both teams, it’s also difficult to be comfortable betting on Bayern Munich due to the uncertainties about their lineup and availability of players.

I don’t think Augsburg have what it takes to upset Bayern, but my gut feeling tells me it won’t be as one-sided as what the odds suggest. Besides, having already drawn with Bayern, Augsburg know what they need to do on both ends of the pitch.

I don’t think there will be plenty of goals here, so I’m putting the smart money on the Under/Over market for this game.

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Neuer close to Bayern return

Bayern Munich could be set for an injury boost with the news that Manuel Neuer has returned to training.

The goalkeeper missed last weekend's 3-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen due to a thumb injury, with Sven Ulreich taking the gloves for the game at the BayArena.

Ulreich deputised for most of last season as Neuer battled an ankle problem and gave a somewhat downbeat assessment of his team-mate's recovery when quizzed after Saturday's match.

That prompted further doubts that the 32-year-old would miss the upcoming Champions League games against Liverpool but boss Nico Kovac suggested on Tuesday that the captain was back in training.

Wednesday sees Bayern face Hertha Berlin in the DFB-Pokal and Kovac says Neuer is keen to return in time to lead the team out at the Olympiastadion.

However, the boss has confirmed he will wait to speak to the medical team before making a call on the World Cup winner's participation. 

"Manuel is so far, so good," he said. "I think he wants to play immediately but we need the all-clear from the doctors, which we haven't had yet.

"We can't say anything concrete regarding tomorrow — we have to wait until after training."

Bayern are 1/3 to win in Berlin, with the draw 9/2 and Hertha 13/2 but Kovac may want to hold his number one back for longer to ensure he is fit for the Bundesliga run-in and the Champions League knockout rounds.

The Bavarians currently trail Borussia Dortmund by seven points following Saturday's defeat and are 1/1 to retain their league title.

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Bundesliga: Bish Bash Bosz!

Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Bayern Munich

Behind at half-time and with the loss of a key player, few us fans saw this coming.

Yet on a Saturday afternoon in which there were plenty of Bundesliga twists and turns, Bayer Leverkusen are in dreamland after inflicting Bayern Munich a fourth league defeat of the season.

The damage may have been minimal with leaders Borussia Dortmund failing to win their match, but this defeat, coupled with Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, has left Bayern seven points off the pace.

The Bundesliga 2019 betting odds have changed again.

No wonder Leverkusen coach and former Dortmund boss Peter Bosz was smiling!

Highlights of the game

Bayern knew this would be a tough match and, sure enough, the hosts were on the front foot from the outset at the BayArena as the potential scalp of the champions inspired them to a rousing opening.

They capitalised on a misplaced Mats Hummels pass, and Kevin Volland’s shot sparked penalty appeals as it cannoned off the centre-back’s arm.

Promising talent Julian Brandt also saw a volley go wide after he failed to properly connect.

The deadline should have been broken midway through the first half when the home rearguard was breached by James Rodriguez, who has a fine record against Leverkusen, as he found time and space to set up Leon Goretzka who was off target from 10 yards.

Kingsley Coman was a constant threat, but Leverkusen were more than holding their own as the game became a bit niggly with three bookings inside four minutes.

Just when Bosz may have been thinking about his half-time team talk, his side conceded.

Thomas Muller floated the ball into the danger zone, and the in-form Goretzka escaped between two markers to power home a header for his third goal in four matches.

The loss to injury of Kai Havertz on the stroke of half-time was another blow for the home side and, had Robert Lewandowski not been adjudged offside moments later, the game could have been over.

It wasn’t and, to Die Werkself’s credit, they came out for the second half with renewed momentum.

Volland was mighty close to converting Leon Bailey’s cross, and it was then the latter who drew Leverkusen level seven minutes after the restart with one of the Bundesliga 2019 highlights.

The Jamaican was 25 yards from goal when he placed down the ball after a foul; he managed to curl a stunning effort over the wall and beyond Sven Ulreich.

It was his first goal since September 1, and Leverkusen were level with their first effort on target.

Confidence was now raised to an even higher level. and only the fingertips of Ulreich denied Brandt.

The momentum was clearly with the hosts, and they took the lead with a composed finish from Volland in the 64th minute after good work from Karim Bellarabi.

Lewandowski soon headed wide as Bayern applied pressure, but dogged defending and determination were keeping chances to a minimum. A goal three minutes from time sealed an impressive and deserved home win.

Lucas Alario applied the finishing touch after being picked out by Brandt, and VAR ended any doubts by showing there was no offside.

That capped a memorable day for Leverkusen and a major blow to Munich’s hopes of a seventh successive title.

Bayern are now seven points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund

Bayern’s players stand in front of their supporters disappointed after losing to Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Key statistics

Leverkusen have won the last eight matches in which Volland has scored.

Bayern Munich have now lost four league games this season – the same as they lost throughout the whole of last season. This was their first league defeat since going down to Dortmund in November.

This was David Alaba’s 328th appearance for Munich, drawing level with club legend Uli Hoeness.

Goretzka now has six league goals this season – more than he has managed in any other campaign.

Out of his 20 career Bundesliga goals, 10 of Goretzka’s have actually opened the scoring in games.

This avenged Munich’s 3-1 success over Leverkusen in September.

What’s next?

Leverkusen are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to minnows Heidenheim in the third round of the German Cup.

They then meet fellow mid-tablers Mainz on Friday (February 8) before completing three consecutive away games with a trip to FC Krasnodar in the first leg of the first round of the Europa League knockout stages.

Hertha Berlin are the next test awaiting Munich, also in the German Cup in midweek.

That is followed by a home league clash with Schalke a week today (February 9) before a trip to lowly Augsburg on February 15.

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Bundesliga Preview: A Tough Match May Derail Bayern’s Title Hopes

Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich

The January transfer window has shut its doors, and the top clubs of the Bundesliga can now only rely on the players they have on their roster from now on to win the title.

While some sides haggled throughout the month-long transfer window, Bayern Munich did little to no major changes to their core of players. After all, they have the necessary quality to succeed both in the domestic and European fronts.

However, not all of their opponents will be lying down as they try to snatch back the throne of German football from usurpers Borussia Dortmund. Bayer Leverkusen may have fallen out of luck in recent years, but they are still a superb football club that can cause an upset if given the opportunity.

The BayArena will be loud when the ball kicks off, and the most likely victor in this match will be the guests. However, anything can happen in this league.

Talking Points

Bayern continue their dominant streak

There’s no question among the most passionate fans of the Bundesliga that Bayern have finally hit their stride and are simply way too good compared to the rest of the playing field. Bundesliga 2019 odds on them winning the Bundesliga are now at 1.90 as the league is once again a two-horse race between the two league giants.

Various Bundesliga 2019 highlights starring the Bavarians would showcase just how dominant Bayern have been on the attack and the defence. Their impressive outings against Hoffenheim and Stuttgart is a surefire testament to Kovac’s system.

Fans can definitely remember how the team struggled to get points on the table as they struggled to play under his system. Their performance was so bad that some unsatisfied fans were mulling as whether the company should still keep him in charge of the touchline strategy and the overall growth of the squad.

For Leverkusen, a big key against Bayern in Bundesliga will be the play of Kai Havertz on their offense

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz looks dejected after the match

Robert Lewandowski is a testament as to how the team has blossomed under Kovac. The Poland international struggled to find the back of the net during his early days with Kovac, but he has since scored 12 goals and is not far behind from topping the top goalscorers list.

Moreover, Lewandowski is not the only person of concern for Bayer. They have outstanding defenders in Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels. Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry are also giving defences a hard time by nabbing goals.

While they weren’t able to get their winger of the future in Callum Hudson-Odoi, I believe that both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben can still get the job done. This is a scary Bayern team that should be taken seriously.

Bayer want to fight fire with fire

Leverkusen haven’t been their best as they dropped quite a number of points that could have gotten them into Champions League football, but they are still a team of fierce competitors, ready to attack.

Their eight league defeats effectively put them out of the title race, but a Champions League finish is still not out of reach. The teams from third to eighth haven’t played consistent football over the past two months, making a comeback possible for Peter Bosz’s men.

The former Dortmund gaffer has more-than-enough firepower on the roster to help them win games. Young Kai Havertz is leading the side with his seven goals and is on Bayern’s summer shopping list. Kevin Volland, Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi will also be instrumental in Leverkusen’s game plan against the Bundesliga giants.

This will be a tough contest for the hosts and the entire BayArena. However, Bosz intends to fight fire with fire and snatch the three points in an exciting goal fiesta.

History

These two teams share a long history, having played each other in top German competitions for since 1979. As expected, the Bavarians have come out victorious a lot more times than many Leverkusen fans would care to admit.

Of the 81 times they have met, Bayern triumphed 50 of those games. Leverkusen won 17, and the two sides split the points only sixteen times. It’s important to note that most of the wins Bayer Leverkusen got over Munich were at home.

However, their most recent matches have been a one-sided affair. Bayern were triumphant in five of their last seven games, and four of those matches saw Munich win by at least two goals.

Betting Tip

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich -1.25 @ 2.21
Feb 02, 22:30(GMT+8)

It’s not even a question as to whether Bayern will win this match. It’s more of whether Bayern will win by two goals or three.

Their last four triumphs over Leverkusen have always been blowouts, and there’s no question that the same thing will happen when these two meet. I believe that while Leverkusen have sufficient attacking talent, their backline wouldn’t be able to handle Bayern’s attackers. Bayer did manage to stomp Wolfsburg, but Munich are a different animal defensively.

With Lewandowski and the rest of Munich firing on all cylinders at the moment, it’s not impossible to see another 4-2 result with the Poland striker netting a brace. Maybe Goretzka can architect a goal or two with his piercing runs as well.

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Pep spells out City challenge

Pep Guardiola has set his Manchester City side the challenge of continuing to challenge for trophies on all fronts to become one of the elite clubs in Europe.

The Spaniard led the Citizens to Premier League and League Cup success last season, having failed to win a trophy in his first season in charge at the Etihad Stadium.

This term Guardiola's team remain in the hunt for four trophies and the Spaniard is eager to try and emulate the continued success he sees being enjoyed by other clubs on the continent.

He told reporters: "With the big clubs, that is the big difference – what are the best clubs in the last decade? Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, these are the best three teams in the last decade in Europe, why?

"Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there and that is what I want.

"When I say Bayern Munich, Juventus, Barcelona are the best it is because it doesn't matter what happened before, they go again and again and again.

"That is the most difficult thing. Win one night, two nights, one title, two titles – that can happen – but that consistency every three days for 11 months, for 10 years, that's what I respect and admire the most."

City are back in Premier League action on Tuesday evening, when they visit Newcastle United.

The Citizens are available at 1/5 to win at St James' Park and are 11/1 to do so by a 3-1 scoreline, with Sergio Aguero priced at 1/2 to score at any time against the Magpies.

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