UCL Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid Predictions, Team News & H2H

Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid predictions

Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s game in the UEFA Champions League. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, betting tips and predicted lineups as Diego Simeone’s side head to Bavaria.

  • DATE: Wednesday 21st October 2020
  • KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
  • VENUE: Allianz Arena
  • COMPETITION: UEFA Champions League (Group Stage)

Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid Preview

Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid predictionsAllianz Arena via Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0

Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich face off in a heavyweight European clash on Wednesday evening. This game will evoke memories of a memorable Semi-Final five seasons ago when Diego Simeone’s men triumphed over what was then still Pep Guardiola’s team. As defending champions, Bayern will be favourites to win not just this match but the entire competition, although as Atleti showed last season against Liverpool, they can never be truly ruled out on a big European night.

Victories in both legs against the Reds, who were also the defending European champions, ought to breed confidence for Atleti as they prepare for this game. Their form so far this season has been a bit mixed though with impressive wins over Granada and Celta Vigo coming either side of considerably more lacklustre showings in 0-0 draws against Huesca and Villarreal.

Bayern were the class act in this competition last season with some memorable victories, most notably that 8-2 demolition of Barcelona. There have been some cracks in them so far this season though. They were pushed hard by Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup and were hammered 4-1 by Hoffenheim in their second Bundesliga game. Overall though they still look a very strong side and one that will provide the biggest test of this Atletico Madrid defence since it was revamped in the summer of 2019.

RB Salzburg could potentially get themselves into the mix, but you’d imagine these will be the top two teams in Group A and victory for either here would feel like a giant early step in the direction of the knockout stages.

Head to Head

  • The sides met 4 times in 2016 but haven’t clashed since then.
  • Atleti emerged as victors on away goals in the Champions League Semi-Finals, despite losing 2-1 in Munich.
  • The group stage meetings the following season both produced 1-0 home wins.

Team News

Bayern are weakened by the absence of Serge Gnabry who has tested positive for COVID-19. Leroy Sane is their other major injury absentee.

First team regulars José Giménez and Saul are the main absentees for Atletico Madrid as they travel to Bavaria.

Predicted Bayern Starting Lineup:

Neuer – Davies, Alaba, Sule, Pavard – Goretzka, Kimmich – Coman, Muller, Costa – Lewandowski (4-2-3-1)

Predicted Atleti Starting Lineup:

Oblak –  Lodi, Felipe, Savic, Trippier – Carrasco, Koke, Torreira, Correa – Felix, Suarez (4-4-2)

Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid Predictions

Score Prediction: Bayern 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Bayern are not the perfect team and with Carrasco and Correa likely to start on the flanks, Atleti are capable of causing problems for the Bavarians on the break, much like Sevilla did in the Super Cup game. However the Germans have so much firepower and the hottest striker in world football right now in the form of Robert Lewandowski. It should be a winning start to Bayern’s Champions League defence.

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk