Preview: Chelsea vs Bayern Munich | Champions League

Matt Debono

Chelsea host Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday evening at Stamford Bridge.

It's the first-leg of the two-legged affair, and Frank Lampard's side will be looking for a result to take to the Allianz Arena next month.

Dubbed as the underdogs, Chelsea defied the odds in the last meeting between the sides after a penalty shootout win in the Champions League Final back in 2012.  

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WATCH: Frank Lampard previews Bayern Munich clash.

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Team News

Frank Lampard has confirmed Christian Pulisic, N'Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi will all miss out on Tuesday. 

Pedro is back in contention for the Blues, whilst Tammy Abraham could return to the Chelsea starting XI against Bayern Munich.

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It was all smiles from Pedro as the Blues continued their preparations at a wet Cobham training base on Monday.Getty Images

Ruben Loftus-Cheek will keep his spot in the squad after returning to the first-team on Saturday.

Bayern will be without defender Niklas Sule [knee] and Ivan Perisic [ankle] for their visit of Stamford Bridge.

Javi Martinez could return for the visitors after sustaining a muscle tear, which has seen him absent in Bayern's previous six. 

Head-to-Head 

Prediction 

Chelsea have to secure a result on Tuesday if they want to keep any hope alive of qualifying for the quarter-finals. 

Lampard's side have to utilise the home advantage in the first-leg, and following the confidence boost after beating Tottenham, the Blues will be up for their biggest test of the season so far. 

But it's an inexperienced Chelsea side against several European winners in the Bayern side. If the hosts want to take a result to hold onto next month in Germany, they will need to hold their nerve on the biggest stage. 

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Bayern Munich

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Comments (1)
Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy

I like the idea of Giroud playing, but Willian will probably start. He doesn't run in behind, which negates Giroud's hold up play. Willian likes to stay wide, which occupies the attacking space of the wing back. It was brilliant having a front 3 with two players who are used to more central roles (Barkley and Mount). Pedro is comfortable slotted inside as well, but I worry about stagnating the attack if Willian is up there with Giroud.


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