Champions League Preview | Bayern Munich vs Galatasaray

Bayern Munich will be looking to book their place in the knockout rounds as a win against Galatasaray will secure them a place in the last 16.

The Bundesliga Champions are looking to beat the Turkish giants once again as they defeated them 3-1 away from home two weeks ago.

Bayern are coming off the back of an emphatic win against rivals Borussia Dortmund as they won 4-0 on Saturday with Harry Kane scoring another hattrick to break a Bundesliga record, becoming the first player to score 15 goals in just 10 games.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will be looking to extend their impressive unbeaten run in the Champions League as they haven’t lost in 37 group matches in the competition.

Galatasaray are also enjoying a successful spell as they have won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions.

Okan Buruk’s side currently sit on top of the Turkish Süper Lig table with 31 points in 11 games.

They sit in 2nd place in the Champions League group with four points in three games, after defeating Manchester United away from home and drawing home to Copenhagen.

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Bayern Munich continue to be without centre-back Matthijs de Ligt as he has been sidelined for several weeks after suffering a partial ligament tear last week.

Leon Goretzka and Dayot Upamecano returned to the starting eleven last week against Borussia Dortmund after recovering from their injuries.

Upamecano is expected to return to the starting eleven however it is unsure whether Goretzka will start as Joshua Kimmich is set to return despite serving the first of his two-match domestic ban last week. He is eligible to play in the Champions League and will partner either Leon Goretzka or Konrad Laimer.

Galatasaray will be without their goalkeeper Fernando Muslera as he is facing a long time out injured after dislocating his elbow in their recent match against Kasimpasa. Gunay Guvenc is expected to replace him in goal and make his Champions League debut.

GGFN | Matthew Gritton

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