Bayern Munich are slight favorites to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals over FC Basel, but they dug themselves a hole in the first leg. At St-Jakob's Park, back on February 22, Basel pulled off a 1-0 win in a fantastic performance. How only one goal was scored in that game, no one could ever possibly hope to explain. Something like a 4-3 Basel win would have been a better reflection of what happened in the match. Bayern should have at least taken an away goal home to the Allianz Arena, but they were unable to do so.
A couple of weeks ago, Basel might have looked like slight favorites to go through, but this weekend's events have everyone looking at Bayern in a completely different light. They hung seven goals on the scoreboard against Hoffenheim in a 7-1 win as Mario Gomez scored a hat trick and Arjen Robben scored twice.
Basel's weekend result wasn't quite as impressive, but it was impressive nonetheless. They won 2-0 away to Grasshopper while resting Fabian Frei, and they now lead the Swiss Super League by 11 points. Most of their first team is healthy, and they will certainly do a better job of defending than Hoffenheim did against Bayern on the weekend.
Jerome Boateng and Mario Gomez picked up slight knocks during the Hoffenheim match and were subbed off as a precaution. Both players are expected to be fit to start on Tuesday. Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to the team in that game and made a substitute appearance. He is expected to get the start on Tuesday. A combination of bad form and illness has relegated Rafinha to the bench, and Phillip Lahm is likely to switch from left back to right back. David Alaba played left back on the weekend and is naturally a left-sided player. Daniel van Buyten is still out.
Basel's only absence is fullback Park Jo-Hoo, who had an absolutely brilliant match in the first leg. Markus Steinhöfer will move from right back to left back if Park cannot play, which would cause former Liverpool man Phillip Degen to come in at right back. Scott Chipperfield and Kay Voser are still out, though Voser has returned to training and could potentially make the bench.
With any multiple-goal win, Bayern Munich progresses. Basel will go through with a draw or with any one-goal loss in which they score. A 1-0 Bayern Munich win will force extra time.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, March 13, 3:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. local
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
TV: FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Sports Net local affiliates (USA - English), FOX Deportes (USA - Spanish), Sky Sports 2 (UK)
Projected Bayern Munich Lineup (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; David Alaba, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Phillip Lahm; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo; Franck Ribery, Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben; Mario Gomez
Projected FC Basel Lineup (4-4-2): Yann Sommer; Markus Steinhöfer, Aleksandar Dragovic, David Abraham, Phillip Degen; Fabian Frei, Granit Xhaka, Benjamin Huggel, Xherdan Shaqiri; Marco Streller, Alexander Frei
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