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Preview: Bayern Munich and Celtic set to clash in Glasgow

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Bayern’s starting XI should be interesting

Bayern Muenchen Training Session Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Jupp Heynckes has Bayern Munich looking, and more importantly playing, like a side with champions verve, which is apropos for Tuesday’s match at Celtic in the Champions League.

Bayern will need to summon all of its winning luster as it will be shorthanded in attack for matchday 4 in Group B. Striker Robert Lewandowski did not make the trip with a slight muscle injury in his leg. Heynckes said that may force him to play a 4-4-2 with Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman up front, or deploy James Rodriguez or Thiago Alcantara as a false 9 in Heynckes’ more favored 4-2-3-1.

James is fresh off a sensational game versus RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga last Saturday. A slight rotation with Der Klassiker at Borussia Dortmund ahead this Saturday could see Jerome Boateng collect some rest in favor of Niklas Sule. A double pivot of Sebastian Rudy and Arturo Vidal would give Bayern a pair of dynamic box-to-box options with the Coman-Thiago-Robben trio arrayed in front of them. If David Alaba and Joshua are the fullbacks, they should have little problem getting into the attack and giving Celtic predictable pain.

As for Celtic, our SB Nation brothers over at The Jersey Don’t Shrink have it covered:

Bayern could also secure its 250th victory in the European Cup/Champions League with a win.