MATCHDAY: Bayern Plays Gladbach; Liverpool Cup Game In Doubt

MATCHDAY: Bayern Plays Gladbach; Liverpool Cup Game In Doubt

A look at whats happening around European soccer on Friday:

GERMANY

Borussia Mnchengladbach hopes to take advantage of Bayern Munichs defensive frailties. Bayern has conceded first in each of its last eight Bundesliga games and uncharacteristically let in 21 goals in 14 league games so far. It hasnt conceded that many at this stage of the Bundesliga since Jrgen Klinsmann was in charge in 2008. Gladbach coach Marco Rose is aware of the defending champions problems. Of course we look in our analysis to see where theres room we can use, Rose said. Everyone knows that Bayern likes to push up and defend high because it often helps them enforce their dominance with the ball. Bayern didnt lose any of the eight games despite conceding first.

ENGLAND

Liverpool’s FA Cup game against Aston Villa is in doubt after Villa on Thursday reported a significant

coronavirus

outbreak that forced it to close its training ground. Villa could have to play youth team players as Derby is doing against Chorley in the third round following a spate of

COVID-19

cases. Premier League champion Liverpool has not won in three games after failing to beat both West Bromwich and Newcastle before losing to Southampton. In another cup meeting of Premier League clubs in the third round, Wolverhampton Wanderers hosts Crystal Palace. Patrick Cutrone and Morgan Gibbs-White could be included in the Wolves squad after being recalled from loans.

SPAIN

Celta Vigo hosts Villarreal in the league after a humbling loss to a third-tier team in the Copa del Rey. Celta, which lost 5-2 at Ibiza, had been on an excellent run in December under new coach Eduardo Coudet will face fifth-place Villarreal without striker Iago Aspas and forward Manuel Nolito Agudo, both injured. Aspas is expected to be out several weeks with a right-leg muscle injury. Aspas is the leagues joint-top scorer with nine goals alongside Lionel Messi, Luis Surez, and Villarreals Gerard Moreno.

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