Bayern vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on May 18, 2012

Alianz Arena

Chelsea face their date with destiny on Saturday night when they take on Bayern Munich at the Alianz Arena in the 2011/12 Champions League final.

The Blues hope to win the competition for the first time in their history after coming agonisingly close in 2008 when they lost to Manchester United on penalties. Bayern on the other hand will be going for their fifth Champions League title and have the chance to lift the trophy on home turf.

Roberto Di Matteo has worked wonders in guiding his team to the final, having overcome a 3-1 deficit to Napoli in their last-16 tie as well as beating Benfica in the quarter finals. Chelsea then stunned reigning champions Barcelona in the semi’s, managing to run out 3-2 aggregate winners despite being down to 10-men for much of the second leg at the Nou Camp.

Bayern also had to overcome a Spanish giant in the semi’s, beating Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid on penalties.

If Chelsea win on Saturday it would put Di Matteo in the box seat to secure the managerial job on a full time basis, as owner Roman Abramovich would surely look kindly upon the man who fulfiled his dream of winning Europe’s elite compeititon.

RDM has already lead the Blues to an FA Cup win this season after beating Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley, so to complete a cup double would more than make up for finishing a disappointing sixth in the league. However, it’s a finish that means they must now win the competition outright if they are to be playing Champions League football again next season.

Team news

Despite the efforts of both clubs to have UEFA overturn their bans, seven players will be on the sidelines for the final through suspension.

Chelsea will be without Ramires, Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic who all picked up two bookings on route to the final, while captain John Terry will miss out after being sent off for violent conduct against Barcelona.

However, there is good news for Di Matteo after both Gary Cahill and David Luiz returned to training this week and look set to feature this weekend having missed the last few weeks with hamstring strains.

Florent Malouda is a doubt so John Obi Mikel looks likely to play alongside Michael Essien and stand-in captain Frank Lampard in midfield.

Juan Mata and Saloman Kalou are expected to start in support of Didier Drogba, who is likely to get the nod ahead of Fernando Torres up front.

Bayern Munich will be without the suspended trio Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber. Breno is ruled out with a knee injury and Daniel Van Buyten is also struggling to be fit, so Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Diego Contento are expected to come in.

Thomas Muller is expected to start with Robben and Ribery in support of Gomez up front, while Kroos will drop back to play alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger in central midfield.

Likely Line-ups

football formations

Predicted Score

This is almost an impossible game to call. Bayern Munich have the home advantage which could have a major say on the outcome, with the German’s winning all six of their previous European games at the Alianz Arena. However, ever since the comeback win over Napoli i’ve had a feeling that Chelsea’s name was on this trophy, and this feeling was only strengthened further with the manner in which they beat Barcelona. Chelsea to just edge it. Bayern Munich 1-2 Chelsea.

What are your thoughts on the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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68 Comments

  1. adebayo musiliu

    May 19, 2012 at 7:41 am

    God dat has bn helpn chelsea 2 survive tl 2day I blv wl nt lv them n all chelsea fans wl hv course 2 smile at d end of d day Insha Allahu bayern 1 Chelsea 2.

    • Pastore Hezekiah

      May 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I believ dat God wil do it. Terry stnd up nd lift d cup. Up blues!

  2. Dangana michael

    May 19, 2012 at 7:52 am

    D lord says our past is over.chelsea 2:1 bayern God wil bless us with ucl trophy dis tym around.d trophy wil be in chelseas trophy cabinet.AMEN

  3. ndambani elias

    May 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

    chelsea is going to lift the cup,everything is working for it in the competition. Score bayern 1 chelsea 2

  4. with the almighty God on our side cl trophy is ours.Chel 2 – 0 Bayern. D blues 4 life.

  5. m.kabir (ABU zaria)

    May 19, 2012 at 8:23 am

    insha Allah, chelsea will win this prestigeous trophy……. Up blues

  6. Orbajer. Lokoja

    May 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

    God favour chelsea to date 4 d world 2 knw blue is d colour. God here ar ur pple let ur name b glorify in blue colour nd nt in red. Inshallahu chelsea wil win d match (amen)

  7. Abraham ovie

    May 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Cl is 4 d blues i strongly believe in rdm magical torch. 2 ….1 in favour of d blues.

  8. Akogun Samson Olusesan

    May 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

    chelsea will win today by the special grace God Amen chelsea 2 bayern 0

  9. Ogidi tochukwu

    May 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

    God plz help chelsea to win.

  10. Pall masbedon

    May 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

    In God we trust,O’Lord let d light of d face of ur holy son jesus christ should poun on chelsea 2 win.chelsea2 bayan0 God hear our us?

  11. celestine udih

    May 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

    chelsea will win, but all chel fans shud pray toward it. Bcus it’s not going to be easy

  12. celestine udih

    May 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

    CHEL 1 VS BAYAN 0

  13. Amuzu williams kwaku

    May 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Chelsea 2-Bayern 1

  14. el nino

    May 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Chelsea wil win,1 0

  15. FREDRICK SIAW

    May 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

    CHELSEA 3-1 BAYERN

  16. kelvin

    May 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

    God sd chelsea wil win 2:1,chelsea wil score first

  17. adebayo Suraju bayo

    May 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Am a chelsea fans for real.infact,i tattoo my hand wit the cheLseah logo.insha allah,tuday is ours glorious day,the rain of blessin,hapiness has fall dis mornin Which means today is ours joyfulday no doutin @ all we will lift cup tuday coz the joyful and the glorious rain has rain all my chelsea fellowS be smilin notin dey hapn tuday is our glorious day by willin bayern by 2_0 tuday the cup is goin to england i mean chelsea camp so my fellow blueS smile

  18. adebayo Suraju bayo

    May 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Am a chelsea fans for real.infact,i tattoo my hand wit the cheLseah logo.insha allah,tuday is ours glorious day,the rain of blessin,hapiness has fall dis mornin Which means today is ours joyfulday no doutin @ all we will lift cup tuday coz the joyful and the glorious rain has rain all my chelsea fellowS be smilin notin dey hapn tuday is our glorious day by willing bayern by 2_0 tuday the cup is goin to england i mean chelsea camp so my fellow blueS smile.

  19. adebayo Suraju bayo

    May 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Am a chelsea fan for real.infact,i tattoo my hand wit the cheLseah logo.insha allah,tuday is ours glorious day,the rain of blessin,hapiness has fall dis mornin Which means today is ours joyfulday no doutin @ all we will lift cup tuday coz the joyful and the glorious rain has rain all my chelsea fellowS be smilin notin dey hapn tuday is our glorious day by willing bayern by 2_0 tuday the cup is goin to england i mean chelsea camp so my fellow blueS smile.

  20. adebayo Suraju bayo

    May 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Am a chelsea fan for real.infact,i tattoo my hand wit the cheLseah logo.insha allah,tuday is ours glorious day,the rain of blessin,hapiness has fall dis mornin Which means today is ours joyfulday no doutin @ all we will lift cup tuday coz the joyful and the glorious rain has rain all my chelsea fellowS be smilin notin dey hapn tuday is our glorious day by willing bayern by 2 notin tuday the cup is goin to england i mean chelsea camp so my fellow blueS smile.

  21. adebayo Suraju bayo

    May 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Am a chelsea fan for real.infact,i tattoo my hand wit the cheLseah logo.insha allah,tuday is ours glorious day,the rain of blessin,hapiness has fall dis mornin Which means today is ours joyfulday no doutin @ all we will lift cup tuday coz the joyful and the glorious rain has rain all my chelsea fellowS be smilin notin dey hapn tuday is our glorious day by willing bayern by 2 notin

  22. Saliu tijani

    May 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I belive dat god is our side,4 my side Chelsea3 Bayer1 chelsea 4life

  23. Ogbeifun festus

    May 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Is God Doing Not By Our Power, Chelsea 2 Bayer 1, up blues……….

  24. Steven

    May 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

    God should make Terry a better man. Why would he help the club of a captain that is a degenerate man off the pitch?

    If the ref is fair, Bayern will win.

    • Jimmy

      May 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      But he won’t be on the pitch today, so will he punish the other players? I don’t think so.

  25. stanley emevor

    May 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    chel will win todays game for sure scores chel 3 bayan 1

  26. Adegoke ismail

    May 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    By the grace of almight allah,chelsea ‘ll win the champions league 2day 4 d first time,insha allah.

  27. jade

    May 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    From Valencia to Napoli, Benfica and Barcelona, d good Hands of d Lord has upheld us against all raging storms. He is still alive to do wat He says He wil do. Bayern 1 – 2 Chelsea by His special grace.

  28. English Aduloju

    May 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    God of soccer we be wit chelsea
    2-1 BAYERN

  29. English Aduloju

    May 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    God of soccer we be wit us 0 chelsea
    2-1 BAYERN

  30. morinho

    May 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    i know bayern their strong but GOD are allready give us this gift today bayern their will stat scoring but the end of the ill finish by our favour final score 3-2 chelseafc ill be crown us champion that is wat GOd did today

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