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  • 23 April 2013
  • • 20:45
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: V. Kassai
  • • Attendance: 68000
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Bayern Munich-Barcelona Preview: Bavarian giants out to draw first blood in heavyweight duel

Bayern Munich-Barcelona Preview: Bavarian giants out to draw first blood in heavyweight duel

AFP

Jupp Heynckes' high-flying side welcome the Blaugrana to the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night for the first leg of a blockbuster semi-final between two European powerhouses


Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic will miss the Champions League showdown against Barcelona through suspension.

Philippe Lahm, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger should all return to the starting line-up after being rested for Saturday's 6-1 win over Hannover, but long-term injury victims Toni Kroos (groin) and Holger Badstuber (knee) remain absent.

Lionel Messi has handed Barcelona a major boost by returning to full training after missing the last two games with a hamstring strain - though has not been given the all-clear yet.

Defenders Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano (both knee) and Adriano (suspension) are all out so youngster Marc Bartra is likely to partner Gerard Pique in central defence.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich have won 18 of their last 19 matches in all competitions, with the solitary defeat coming against Arsenal in the Champions League round of 16 second leg.
  • The Bavarian giants have lost just one of 20 previous home encounters against Spanish opponents (W14, D5, L1).
  • Bayern have won three of their six previous meetings with Barcelona in European competition (W3, D2, L1).
  • Philipp Lahm, Dante and Luiz Gustavo will miss the return leg if they get booked on Tuesday night.
  • Barcelona have only won two of their last eight away games across all competitions (W2, D4, L2).
  • The Blaugrana are on an eight-match unbeaten run on German soil stretching back to 2001. Their overall record away record against Bundesliga teams is W9, D10, L5.
  • Xavi (pictured, right) has completed 1,005 passes in the Champions League this season, 470 more than any other player, at an 88% success rate.
  • Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Alex Song will incur a ban with their next bookings.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Barcelona

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
50%
39%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
1 - 2
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 1
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 0
FC Barcelona FCB

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