European champions Bayern Munich continue the defence of their Champions League crown on Tuesday as they head to Russia to face Lokomotiv Moscow.
The German champions kicked off this season’s European campaign with an emphatic 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid last week, before going one better at the weekend with a 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, Lokomotiv Moscow can be pleased with their opening night of this season’s Champions League having come from behind to take a point in a 2-2 draw with RB Salzburg.
Lokomotiv Moscow will have to be at their best if they’re to blunt the razor-sharp Bayern attack in this one. Here’s 90min’s preview of the upcoming clash.
When is Kick Off? Tuesday 27 October
What Time is Kick Off? 17:55 (BST)
Where is it Played? RZD Arena
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport 1 (UK)
Referee? István Kovács
Marko Nikolić will be without the services of Dmitri Barinov who is sidelined with a knee injury, while Stanislav Magkeyev, Slobodan Rajkovic and Vladislav Ignatyev are all major doubts for the clash.
For the visitors Alphonso Davies misses out after he left the pitch in tears after picking up an ankle injury early on in the weekend win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The club have since confirmed he’s unlikely to feature for at least six weeks.
Meanwhile, Serge Gnabry misses out after testing positive for coronavirus and summer signing Leroy Sané is also unlikely to feature after picking up a knee injury at the end of September.
Lokomotiv Moscow: Guilherme; Zhivoglyadov, Corluka, Murilo, Rybus; Zhemaletdinov, Kulikov, Krychowiak, Miranchuk; Smolov, Eder
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Alaba, Hernandez; Kimmich, Tolisso, Goretzka; Muller, Lewandowski, Coman
Lokomotiv Moscow have enjoyed a solid start to the season and sit just six points off top spot in the Russian Premier League, although Saturday’s defeat to relegation threatened Rotor has seen them lose ground on leaders Spartak Moscow.
Die Roten look to be getting back to their best after a shaky start to the season. A 4-1 defeat at Hoffenheim in September seems to have acted as a wake-up call for Hansi Flick’s men and they’ve gone on to win every game since.
Here’s how both sides have fared in their last five outings in all competitions.
Lokomotiv Moscow 1-2 Rotor (24/10)
RB Salzburg 2-2 Lokomotiv Moscow (21/10)
Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0 FC Ulfa (17/10)
Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 Khimki (4/10)
CSKA Moscow 0-1 Lokomotiv Moscow (27/9)
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-5 Bayern Munich (24/10)
Bayern Munich 4-0 Atletico Madrid (21/10)
Arminia Bielefeld 1-4 Bayern Munich (17/10)
Bayern Munich 4-3 Hertha Berlin (4/10)
Bayern Munich 3-2 Borussia Dortmund (29/9)
After a stuttered start to the campaign Bayern are looking back to their imperious best. Their opening day thrashing of Atletico will have done little to settle Lokomotiv Moscow nerves as they look to stifle one of the most prolific attacking lineups in Europe.
The Russians can be pleased with their point away at RB Salzburg on the opening day, though they’ll do well to come away from this one with anything other than an emphatic defeat.
Prediction: Lokomotiv Moscow 0-3 Bayern Munich