Bayern München vs. Viktoria Plzen Preview: Undaunted Bayern, Calm Despite Losing Injured Shaqiri

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Updated: October 18, 2013
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Match Date: 23 October 2013 (local time)

Venue: Ernst-Allianz Arena

 

More injuries strike at the Bavarian’s camp as Xherdan Shaqiri succumbs to a torn a hamstring. Nevertheless, this has little bearing over Pep Guardiola’s world class pitch army.

 

Team Form

Bayern München

Xherdan Shaqiri adds to the Bavarians’ seemingly growing list of injured players. The midfielder is sidelined for 6 weeks, forcing him to miss 3 upcoming Champions League matches. As for the Bavarian camp, the untoward incident meant added pressure to the club that is trying to defend a title.

 

Shaqiri may have been successful in helping Switzerland clinch its World Cup berth. However, the consequence of fulfilling an international duty resulted to a torn hamstring. Recognized for his speed and impressive dribbles, Shaqiri is instrumental in Bayern’s strong attacks and scoring opportunities. Such situation pushes Pep Guardiola to be more creative in their pitch maneuvers as recognized midfielders such as Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez are also injured. Defender, Holger Badstuber, who is still trying to achieve his 100%, is said to return for training. Yet, it remains unclear on whether he can be seen playing in the Allianz Arena during the match.

 

The Bavarians currently lead their Champions League group and has yet to succumb into a disappointing defeat. Fortunately, Guardiola has tons of materials to work on while the above-mentioned players are on their way to recovery.

 

 

Viktoria Plzen

Pavel Vrba’s vision of transforming Viktoria Plzen into a great European football force has to wait for a little while as the club continues to struggle for their Champions League survival.

 
Vrba’s determination to make history in the tournament is impressive. However, the minnows might need a considerable amount of time to make it happen. Fighting for its survival and the strong desire to move into the next stage of the competition, Viktoria Plzen has yet to have a taste of its first victory. The loss of their last 2 matches places them at the bottom of their group. Pitted against the Bavarians, Viktoria Plzen might end their tournament campaign soon. Nevertheless, the whole experience adds more depth to the club and maybe, just maybe, they will be able to pull it through next season.

 

Football betting tip: Bayern München 3-0 Viktoria Plzen

Despite their injury issues, the Bavarians remain as the match’s heavy favorite.

 

 

 

 

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