Wednesday’s Champions League action sees two Bundesliga teams involved; FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach. GGFN’s Jack Grimse provides a double preview to prepare you for the matches involving two teams that will face off in league play this coming weekend.
Gladbach are already facing an uphill battle in Group C, having failed to take a point after two matchdays. Some relief may come for them as they travel to Scotland for their most winnable fixture so far. Celtic, their opponents, did manage a 3-3 home draw against Manchester City, so it may not be as simple for André Schubert’s side as some expect.
Meanwhile, Bayern will be hosting PSV Eindhoven at the Allianz Arena. Following a loss to Atlético Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti will be looking for his side to rebound with a win against the Dutch champions.
Following the Münchner’s 2-2 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend, they’d like to get back on track with a win before hosting Gladbach on Saturday. So far in group play, PSV have drawn Rostov and lost to Atléti. PSV have been held to three league draws in a row, and will be looking to steal a point in Munich.
Borussia, who should have won against Hamburg last weekend if not for two missed penalties, probably need a win to at least get back into the running for third in the group. They’ve been bitten by the injury bug lately at striker, and both Thorgan Hazard and Raffael did not make the trip. That means André Hahn may be forced to go solo up top, if Schubert elects to use Lars Stindl in midfield once again. Moussa Dembélé and Scott Sinclair are the dangermen for the Scottish side, scoring six and seven goals in all competitions so far this year respectively.
Luuk de Jong scored one and assisted another for PSV last time out in the Champions League during their draw against Rostov. He, and his brother Siem, could lead the attack with Jürgen Locadia still injured.
How to watch:
Both matches kick off at 20:45 CET. Viewers in Germany can watch the Konferenz multi-match stream of both matches on Sky Sport 1/HD. For just the Bayern vs. PSV match, tune to Sky Sport 4/HD or ZDF if you’re in Germany, BT Sport Extra in the UK and American viewers can watch on Fox Deportes and Fox Sports GO/Fox Soccer 2GO. If you’re interested in watching only Celtic against Gladbach, it’s on Sky Sport 3/HD in Germany, BT Sport ESPN in the UK and WatchESPN/ESPN3 and Fox Soccer 2GO in the USA.
Bayern Munich (4-3-3): Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba; Alonso, Kimmich, Thiago; Robben, Lewandowski, Müller.
PSV Eindhoven (4-2-3-1): Zoet; Brenet, Schwaab, Moreno, Willems; Pröpper, Guardado; Narsingh, S de Jong, Zinchenko; L de Jong.
Celtic FC (4-3-3): Gordon; Lustig, Touré, Šimunović, Tierney; Brown, Henderson; Forrest, Armstrong, Sinclair; Dembélé.
Borussia Mönchengladbach (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Korb, Vestergaard, Jantschke, Johnson; Dahoud, Kramer; Herrmann, Stindl, Traoré; Hahn.