Uefa Champions League – Bayern Munich v Celtic: Preview, Team News and more

The Bavarians welcome the men from Glasgow in Jupp Heynckes' first European game since winning the 2013 final at Wembley

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Bayern will play Celtic for the first time since 2003-04 Reuters

Match: Bayern Munich v Celtic

Date: Wednesday, October 18

Time: 2:45 AM Thursday (SGT)/ 12:15 AM Thursday (IST)/ 7:45 PM Wednesday (BST)

Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich

Live Stream: Starhub Go app (Singapore)

TV Info: Eurosport (Singapore)/ Sony Ten (India)/ BT Sport (UK)


Bayern Munich welcome Celtic to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday in returning manager Jupp Heynckes' first Champions League game since winning the competition four years ago.

Heynckes won the treble with the Bavarians before Pep Guardiola took over in 2013 and replaced the sacked Carlo Ancelotti earlier in October. The 72-year-old German has taken over for a fourth time, having led Bayern to an historic Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League treble in 2012-13.

Bayern beat Anderlecht in their opening match then lost 3-0 at PSG, with boss Carlo Ancelotti sacked in the aftermath of the defeat in Paris.

Celtic, like Bayern, have beaten the Belgians but lost to Paris Saint-Germain and know points from the upcoming double-header are a must with their hopes of a knockout place unlikely. The team from Glasgow opened Group B with a crushing 5-0 home loss to Paris St-Germain but bounced back with a 3-0 win away to Anderlecht.

Currently second in the Bundesliga, the Bundesliga champions hammered Freiburg 5-0 in Heynckes' first match on Saturday, while Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic edged to a 1-0 home win over Dundee - stretching their unbeaten domestic run to 59 matches.

For Bayern, Dutch winger Arjen Robben is set for his 100th Champions League match, while Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is in great form with 18 goals in 16 appearances for club and country this term.

Team News

Skipper Scott Brown is sidelined with a knee injury, with Bayern still without both Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery. Brown has not played since the victory at Anderlecht, missing the conclusion to Scotland's failed World Cup qualifying bid and two league matches for Celtic.

Celtic are also without defender Jozo Simunovic for Wednesday's Champions League game at Bayern Munich. Defender Mikael Lustig and midfielder Tom Rogic were rested at the weekend and may well return to Rodgers' starting line-up.

With Eric Sviatchenko absent since early August, the Celtic boss must decide if Lustig moves from right-back to partner centre-half Dedryck Boyata, while holding midfielder Nir Bitton has been utilised at the back this season. Anthony Ralston, who started against PSG, is also out with an injury, limiting the visitors' options at full-back, with Cristian Gamboa making his first appearance of the season against Dundee.

Bayern Munich are missing France winger Franck Ribery and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who are both out long-term. Javi Martinez and Juan Bernat are also sidelined but Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has recovered from a knock picked up on international duty.

World Cup-winning central defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are in line to play in the tournament for the first time during this campaign, while Sven Ulreich continues to deputise for Neuer.

Head to Head

Celtic met Bayern Munich in the 2003-04 group stage, with the Germans taking four points, following a 2-1 home victory and a 0-0 in Glasgow.

Bayern's last game against Scottish opposition was a 5-1 home win over Aberdeen in the 2007-08 Uefa Cup for a 7-3 aggregate score.

Celtic have never won away to a Bundesliga club (D3 L7). After beating Stuttgart 3-1 in the 2002-03 Uefa Cup, Celtic are on a seven-game winless run, home and away, against German clubs (D3 L4).

Bayern have won their past four matches against Scottish visitors in Munich and are unbeaten at home against clubs from Scotland (W5 D3).

The win at Anderlecht was Celtic's first for 17 European group stage fixtures in the Champions League or Europa League (D7 L9).

Bayern have won 10 consecutive group home games since a 3-2 defeat by Manchester City in December 2013.