Barcelona vs Bayern Munich

Barcelona are back at Camp Nou – the scene of their two consecutive world record attendances last season – on Thursday evening, as they host fellow European heavyweights Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages.

Both teams head into their third group fixture with a 100% record, and Thursday’s encounter could go a long way in determining who finishes top of the pile in Group D.

Who will come out on top at Camp Nou? Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday’s fixture.

When is kick off? Thursday 24 November, 17:45 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Camp Nou
TV channel/livestream? DAZN UEFA Women’s Champions League YouTube
Highlights? DAZN UEFA Women’s Champions League YouTube

Barcelona continue to be without Alexia Putellas, Cata Coll and Jana Fernández, who are all sidelined with torn ACLs. Bruna Vilamala made her first appearance in over 12 months on Sunday, following her comeback from the same injury.

Aitana Bonmati missed out against Alaves at the weekend due to a muscular problem, and Lucy Bronze was also not included in the squad after leaving international duty early due to injury. Bronze has returned to group training.

Bayern Munich are without long-term absentee Giulia Gwinn, who has been sidelined since October with an ACL tear.

Georgia Stanway is suspended in the Bundesliga after picking up five yellow cards (in seven appearances) but is available to face Barcelona on Thursday evening. She hit a match-winning brace last time out in Europe, and could come up against former Manchester City and Blackburn teammate Keira Walsh in midfield.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are both in prime position to qualify for the quarter finals after taking maximum points from their first two games. However, Barca made considerably lighter work of this than Bayern. The Catalan giants have scored 13 and conceded just once, while Bayern edged past Rosengard and needed a 98th minute winner to get the better of Benfica.

It promises to be a competitive fixture, but Barcelona should come out on top.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Bayern Munich


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