Bayern Munich - BATE Preview: Bundesliga giants look to top Group F
The Bavarians host the Belarusians in the final round of Champions League group games, knowing they will top the pool if they match or better Valencia's result
By Ben McAleer
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Holger Badstuber is the main casualty for Bayern Munich as they look to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group F winners.
The Germany international was stretchered off during the Bavarians' 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund at the weekend after tearing the cruciate ligaments in his right knee.
Head coach Jupp Heynckes will also be without a host of first team players through injury, including Luiz Gustavo and Arjen Robben, for Bayern's final group game, safe in the knowledge that if they can match or better Valencia's result in France, they will qualify as group winners.
Meanwhile, BATE are guaranteed a place in the Europa League after Christmas following their loss to Lille last month, but cannot be overtaken by the Ligue 1 side due to their superior head-to-head record.
Head coach Viktor Goncharenko has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the encounter and could name the same starting XI that defeated Shakhtyor last weekend.
The last time these two teams met saw the Belarusian side secure an impressive 3-1 win over Bayern back in October, denying the Bundesliga side a 10th straight win at the time.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bayern Munich have won 15 of their last 16 Champions League games at home.
- The Bavarian giants have also allowed just 13 shots on target against them, the joint-fewest along with Barcelona.
- Mario Gomez (pictured, right) has scored 20 goals in his last 19 Champions League appearances, but hasn't netted in Bayern's last three games in the competition.
- BATE striker Vitali Rodionov has committed 20 fouls in the Champions League this season, more than any other player.
- The Belarusian outfit have also earned 14 yellow cards during this year's competition, one more than Wednesday night's opponents.
- BATE have scored only three goals less than Bayern in Group F, but have conceded five more than the Bundesliga side.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Bayern München 3-0 FC BATE Borisov
- 19.53 %
FC Bayern München 4-0 FC BATE Borisov
- 14.72 %
FC Bayern München 5-0 FC BATE Borisov
- 9.04 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||5 Dec 2012||FC Bayern München 4 - FC BATE Borisov 1|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||2 Oct 2012||FC BATE Borisov 3 - FC Bayern München 1|
|FC Bayern München|
|10 Dec 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Manchester City 3||UCL|
|7 Dec 2013||Werder Bremen 0 - FC Bayern München 7||BUN|
|4 Dec 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2||GERC|
|30 Nov 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Eintracht Braunschweig 0||BUN|
|27 Nov 2013||CSKA Moscow 1 - FC Bayern München 3||UCL|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
The Frenchman has been at his brilliant best when he has played this season, but will cause all kinds of problems to the BATE back line if he is able to run into space.
The BATE striker has the capability to pose a threat to the Bayern defence, despite not scoring in the Champions League this season. He will also look to impose himself on the opposition back line early on, having committed the most fouls in the competition this season.
Bayern know that any result that matches or betters Valencia's will see them go through as group winners. I can't see a repeat of BATE's 3-1 win over the Bavarian side back in October, especially at the Allianz Arena. Valencia will likely be buoyed by the appointment of Ernesto Valverde on Monday and look to impress in his first game in charge against Lille, meaning only a win would likely guarantee would do for the Bundesliga giants. BATE's defeat in France last month means they can't proceed to the knockout stages of the Champions League and are unlikely to pose much of a threat to the German outfit.