Bayern Munich vs Red Star Belgrade Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time

?Bayern Munich will be aiming to kick off their 2019/20 UEFA Champions League campaign with a win when they face Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in Group B on Wednesday

Since winning their fifth Champions League title in 2013, Bayern have never failed to progress past the group stages but have become unstuck in the knockout rounds, losing to Liverpool and Real Madrid in recent years.

Last season they began with a win over Benfica and in 2017 they beat Anderlecht 3-0 on the opening matchday. A similar result will be the aim this week.

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Standing in their way are the current Serbian SuperLiga champions Red Star Belgrade who have already negotiated themselves through four tricky qualifying rounds this term, edging out Young Boys on away goals last month to finally secure qualification.

This is a game therefore Bayern should win, but nothing is easy in Europe.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?  Wednesday 18 September   
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Allianz Arena
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport Extra 2
Referee? Robert Madden

Where to Buy Tickets

Tickets for the game are, as ever, available on both teams’ official club websites, though membership is required in order to purchase. In terms of resale, both teams provide the option to make season tickets available for others to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the game themselves.

?Team News

Bayern manager Niko Kovac will be without both David Alaba and Leon Goretzka for the clash at the Allianz Arena.

David Alaba

Austrian international Alaba picked up a groin injury in the warmup before last Saturday’s meeting with RB Leipzig and will be out for several weeks. Lucas Hernandez is set to shift across to left-back to cover. Meanwhile, midfielder Goretzka underwent an operation last week on a thigh problem. 

In more positive news, Philippe Coutinho is set to start as he begins his quest for European glory, after failing to reach the final of the competition with Barcelona, Liverpool or Inter. He will play off of Robert Lewandowski in attack, who has started the season well. 

For Red Star Belgrade, boss Vladan Milojevic has a reasonably fit squad to pick from, with club captain and former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Marko Marin and centre-back Milos Degenek, once of VFB Stuttgart, fit to face their former BuLi foes. 

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They will be without Branko Jovicic though who has knee ligament damage and new striker Tomane, who will miss the game through suspension after being sent off in the meeting with Young Boys.


Predicted Lineups

Bayern Munich Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Boateng, Hernandez; Kimmich, Thiago; Gnabry, Coutinho, Coman; Lewandowski.
Red Star Belgrade Borjan; Gobeljic, Degenek, Babic, Rodic; Canas, Jovancic; Nabouhane, Marin, Vukanovic; Pavkov.

Head to Head Record

Wednesday’s fixture will be the sixth meeting between the teams, and a first since 2007, when ?Bayern picked up a 3-2 win in Belgrade in the UEFA Cup group stages. 
 

Overall, the teams have played one another on five occasions, Bayern and Red Star both winning two, with one game ending in a draw.

Hamit Altintop,Dusan Andjelkovic,Gueye Ibrahima

You would have to go back to 1991 though for the last time Red Star Belgrade beat Bayern. This was in the 1990/91 European Cup semi-finals, where Red Star Belgrade progressed to the final, beating the Bavarian giants 4-3 on aggregate. 


Recent Form

Bayern have started the season reasonably well, picking up two wins and two draws in the ?Bundesliga, and they sit just two points behind league leaders RB Leipzig. 

An impressive 6-1 victory at home to Mainz 05 in their last game at the Allianz Arena has been the highlight thus far, but they still have yet to really come to life this season. They will be eyeing up a big victory on Wednesday to show the rest of Europe they mean business in the Champions League. 

Robert Lewandowski

As eluded to earlier, Red Star Belgrade have battled past Suduva, Finnish side Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi, FC Kobenhavn and Young Boys this summer to earn their place in Group B alongside Tottenham Hotspur, Olympiacos and, of course, Bayern Munich.

In the SuperLiga they have started the season on fire, winning all six of their opening league games as they aim to defend their title. In fact, Vladan Milojevic’s side have only lost one game in the league since October 2017. Quite remarkable really.

Here’s how both sides have performed in their last five games.

Bayern Munich Red Star Belgrade
RB Leipzig 1-1 Bayern Munich (14/09) Red Star Belgrade 2-1 Indija (14/09)
Bayern Munich 6-1 Mainz 05 (31/08) Vojvodina 1-2 Red Star Belgrade (31/08)
Schalke 04 0-3 Bayern Munich (24/08) Red Star Belgrade 1-1 Young Boys (27/08)
Bayern Munich 2-2 Hertha BSC (16/08) Young Boys 2-2 Red Star Belgrade (21/08)
Energie Cottbus 1-3 Bayern Munich (12/08) Spartak Subotica 2-3 Red Star Belgrade (17/08)

Prediction

Niko Kovac

With the likes of Coutinho, Lewandowski and Coman all set to play on Wednesday, Bayern will start with a win as they should have too much in attack for Red Star Belgrade.

While the Serbian side did progress through qualifying, last season they lost all three of their Champions League away group games, conceding 13 and scoring just two in these matches.

With ?Spurs next up in Group B, Bayern will know a victory this week is essential if they want to top the group, meaning they should dispatch Red Star Belgrade with ease.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 4-0 Red Star Belgrade


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Manuel Neuer Responds to Marc-André ter Stegen Outburst Over Lack of Germany Playing Time

?Manuel Neuer has insisted goalkeepers must ‘stick together’ following recent comments from Marc-Andre ter Stegen complaining about a lack of playing time with the German national team.

Despite featuring every week for Barcelona, Ter Stegen finds himself as second choice with Die Mannschaft, as stalwart Neuer is chosen ahead of his teammate by manager Joachim Löw. Despite making his Germany debut in 2012, since the 27-year-old has only made 22 appearances due to the immense form of his compatriot.

The most recent outing for the duo came during the recent international break, with the ?Bayern Munich stopper getting the nod over ?Ter Stegen in both the defeat to Netherlands and subsequent win over Northern Ireland. That prompted some questionable comments from the ?Blaugrana goalkeeper, who hinted at a potential exit from the national side if things didn’t improve.

“It drives me a bit mad. You give the best of yourself and you aren’t where you want to be,” he ?said. “I have established my priorities. I want to be successful and the big objective I have is to be the first choice keeper for my country.”

Those comments prompted a response from the more senior figure of Neuer, who insisted that his fellow countryman must think of the team in such instances, with unity the key to success no matter who plays in between the sticks.

“I think he’s a good keeper and he is performing well, but I’m not sure if that helps us,” Neuer told Sky, via ?Marca.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen,Manuel Neuer

“We are a team and should present ourselves as such. We have great goalkeepers. We have Kevin Trapp, Bernd Leno… these are all great goalkeepers who also want to play and then sit on the bench. We are a team. We have to stick together. The goalkeepers also have to stick together.”

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Bayern Munich Learn Extent of David Alaba Injury Sustained During RB Leipzig Warm-Up

?David Alaba has been ruled out for ‘several weeks’ after suffering a torn thigh muscle in the build-up to Bayern Munich’s clash with RB Leipzig on Saturday.

The Austrian full-back pulled up during the warm-up in the Bundesliga clash – forcing him to miss the match as doctors examined the injury – with Jerome Boateng coming into the side to replace the defender prior to kick-off.

The extent of Alaba’s injury was not immediately known, ?but Bayern have since released a statement on their ?official website confirming that the 27-year-old tore a muscle in his thigh and will be out for a ‘spell’. 

The Bayern youth product had started every match of the season so far, with his absence a huge blow to the Bavarian side as they push for another league title.

A statement read: “FC Bayern will be without David Alaba for a spell after the Austria international tore a muscle in his left thigh while warming up for Saturday’s top Bundesliga match away to RB Leipzig. The diagnosis was announced on Sunday following an examination by the FC Bayern medical unit headed by chief medical officer Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.

However, since then, TZ reporter Manuel Bonke revealed that Die Roten manager Niko Kovac spoke with Dr. Peter Ueblacker spoke at length ahead of training on Sunday morning, where it had been revealed that Alaba will be out for ‘several weeks’.

Despite dropping out of the starting XI at the last minute, the ?Bundesliga champions took an early lead at the Red Bull Arena courtesy of Robert Lewandowski’s third minute strike. Kovac’s side were pegged back just before half-time, however, as Timo Werner converted from the spot in first-half stoppage time. The match eventually finished 1-1.

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RB Leipzig 1-1 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Die Roten Miss Chance to Go Top

?Bayern Munich drew 1-1 against title contenders RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday as the reigning Bundesliga champions could not move to the top of the table at their rival’s expense. 

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring brilliantly two minutes after beating the offside trap thanks to superb work from Thomas Muller. Die Roten dominated proceedings and looked to secure a second, but it was Leipzig who managed to score next.

Emil Forsberg,Yussuf Poulsen

Just before half-time, as Lucas Hernandez gave away a penalty which was dispatched calmly by Emil Forsberg. The second half was largely dominated by Leipzig but Niklas Sule managed to come closest when hitting the bar with the last shot of the game.

A draw is perhaps the right outcome but with Dortmund beating 4-0 over Leverkusen earlier, both sides will rue the missed opportunities they had to secure three points.


RB LEIPZIG

Key Talking Point

This game proved that Julian Nagelsmann’s side still have a lot to improve on. They could not get a look-in in the first half and a lucky penalty win against the run of play helped them gain momentum.

With that being said, they gave the reigning ?Bundesliga champions a run for their money and were superb in the second half with their brilliant high pressing and build-up play.

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This fixture has proved that the young side have what it takes to challenge for the title and fans of the Bundesliga should be excited to see what Nagelsmann’s outfit can produce this campaign. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Gulacsi (6); Mukiele (6), Konate (7), Orban (6); Klostermann (6), Forsberg (7), Lainer (7), Halstenberg (6); Sabitzer (7), Poulsen (8); Werner (6).

Substitutes: Demme (6), Nkunku (6), Cunha (6). 


STAR PLAYER – Even though Forsberg dispatched the penalty giving Leipzig the point, it was Yussuf Poulsen who deserves this award.

The Dane won the penalty with some clever striker play but it was his presence and disruptiveness that was crucial to Leipzig’s performance today. His speed and size meant he was a constant threat even if his side were not in possession.

He was instrumental in setting up clear cut chances for the likes of Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer and thus deserves the star player award.

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BAYERN MUNICH

Key Talking Point

?Bayern started ferociously with a great goal from Lewandowski putting them ahead and they continued to dominate the game in the first half. A blend of plenty of good chances, solid defending and rarely any mistakes meant this was probably the best football they have played this campaign so far.

However, the second half was a different story. Leipzig came out strong and the Bavarians seemed a little bit rattled. Niko Kovac’s side did manage to improve throughout the half but could not manage to get the all-important winner.

Niko Kovac

It was a decent performance but Kovac and his side still have to improve especially considering that the gulf in quality means they should be storming through the league. Every game that isn’t a win adds pressure to the manager and he needs to find the solutions quickly.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Neuer (7); Pavard (7), Boateng (6), Süle (6), Lucas (6); Thiago (7), Kimmich (7); Gnabry (7), Muller (7), Coman (8); Lewandowski (7).

Substitutes: Tolisso (6), Davies (6), Coutinho (6).


STAR PLAYER – There were several great performances in the Bayern squad but Robert Lewandowski was the standout player. His goal was crucial to set the tone of the match even if Bayern were unable to capitalise on it.

There is not much that is needed to say about the Polish forward. His overall play is one of the best in the world alongside his clinical finishing and strong aerial threat. The 31-year-old has been on red hot form this campaign and doesn’t show signs of slowing down despite his age.

Lewandowski is undoubtedly a crucial part of this team and Kovac will be thanking his lucky stars that he has a player of his ilk at the club.



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Looking Ahead ?

Bayern needed that win to take the lead of the Bundesliga from Leipzig as the title race starts to heat up, but could not manage it. They showed glimpses of their talent but were left to a rue a mistake from record signing Lucas Hernandez.

Die Roten next welcome FC Koln in what should be an easy win for the Bavarian giants as they look to get a good run of wins underway. Leipzig go away to Werder Bremen and will want to take three points in what should be an easy win.


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Liverpool Join Barcelona & Real Madrid in Race for Napoli Star Fabian Ruiz

Liverpool have reportedly entered the race for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich already circling the Spaniard.

Ruiz, who is a graduate from the Real Betis academy, was snapped up last summer by the Partenopei for €30m, after several high-profile Spanish sides, including Barça, passed up the opportunity to sign him. 

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La Blaugrana also had several chances to sign the Spanish international before that, once for as little as €6m, but passed every time, a fact which has fortified their desire to bring the player to Camp Nou in the coming transfer windows.

However, as reported by Calciomercato, they are now set to face considerable competition from Liverpool for his signature, alongside the already-interested pair of Bayern and Real. 

Ruiz has notched seven goals and three assists in 42 appearances thus far for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, and has a deal with the Italian side until 2023.

Ancelotti and Napoli club president Aurelio de Laurentiis are aligned in their desire to keep the 23-year-old at the Stadio San Paolo, hence why they have already begun talks with the player about a new deal with the club.


Jurgen Klopp, however, is keen to bolster his midfield, with James Milner getting on in years and last year’s summer signing Naby Keita failing to ignite his Anfield career thus far.

And the German will have a chance to scout Ruiz next Tuesday, when his European champions travel to the south of Italy to take on Napoli in the Champions League group stage. Of course, as is a given these days, the Italians will not be willing to let their man leave on the cheap, with a fee of more than €60m already mooted.

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