A mere friend. Bayern Munich will face Bayern Munich this Wednesday, 22 November, against Anderlecht, which is part of the fifth round of the European Champions League. Scheduled to start at 17:45 (Brasília time), the meeting will be held at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium in Anderlecht.
With nine points, the Germans are in second place of key B and secured in the round of 16 of the competition. The lead is Paris Saint-Germain, also ranked. Celtic, with three points, is third. The Belgians are in the flashlight without scoring.
Anderlecht’s recent performance
For Anderlecht, the game is much more important. The team still has a chance to reach third place and thus have the right to play the Europa League in the second half. In this battle, his rival is Celtic, who won in Belgium the game between them in the first round.
The Scots will face PSG on Wednesday at the rival’s home. Most likely they will not score. So if the Belgians get at least a draw, they will have the chance to win third place with a simple win in Scotland, which will not be easy. If they do not score, however, even if the rivals are beaten in Paris, they will have to cash in a difference imposed in the first match when Celtic took 3-0 at home.
The fact is that any of the scenarios presented is difficult to achieve. The little bit of hope left for Anderlecht fans should be put on the team’s improving performance in the Belgian Championship. The team had 10 of the last 12 points played in the Julipiler League and reached third place.
He has a total of 28 points (eight wins, four draws and three losses). The difference for Brugge, leader, however, is considerable. Nine points separate them. Fruit of Anderlecht’s low performance at the start of the season.
The situation of coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck in the attempt to score on Wednesday has four other obstacles. Defender Emmanuel Sowah Adjei (a match in the 2017/2018 Belgian Championship, no goal) is in the ward in injury treatment; and midfielder Pieter Gerkens (nine games, two goals) and Andy Najar (one game, no goal).
In addition, there will be no Polish striker Lukasz Teodorczyk suspended for the accumulation of yellow cards.
The current form of Bayern Munich
The math indicates that Bayern Munich still have a chance of winning first place. However, for that, it would depend not only on a win on Wednesday, which would be the easiest part of the mission, but also a home win for four goals difference against PSG.
A second possibility would be to count on a stumble of the French team against Celtic. However, neither hypothesis seems feasible. So it is quite likely that veteran coach Jupp Heynckes will use the match in Belgium to promote the relay of his squad.
Since taking office after Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal, Bayern have lost no more. He has won seven of the last eight games. But even the draw can be considered a victory, since, after equality, they defeated Leipzig in penalties and advanced to the third round of the German Cup.
On Saturday, November 18, at home, the Bavarians passed their biggest problems against Augsburg. They scored 3-0 and increased their lead at the top of the Bundesliga. With 29 points (nine wins, two draws and one defeat), he has six points ahead of Schalke and Leipzig, who split second.
For the duel in Belgium, Heickens has a large number of players to use. Bayern have a wide cast. However, they are unlikely to have goalkeeper Manuel Neur (three appearances in the 2017/2018 season), midfielder Franck Ribery (six games without a goal) and striker Thomas Muller (nine games a goal). They are hurt.
History of the bouts between Anderlecht and Bayern Munich
Bayern have won three of their five matches against Anderlech, including the 3-0 draw in Munich in the first round of the 2017/2018 Champions League. There was still a draw and a Belgian success.
Even if they put a reserve-bound team to play in Belgium, Bayern Munich have such a great technical superiority that it should be singled out as the best guess. It has a price of 1.30 in Bet365. Anderlecht’s payout is 6.00 and Anderlecht’s success pays 11.00 per invested real.