Bayern Munich vs Sevilla
Champions League Quarterfinal Second Leg
Date: 11th April 2018, Wednesday
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Allianz Arena (Munich).
Bayern carry a slender lead to their own backyard for the second leg quarter final tie against Sevilla. But, they are a side with solid home record in both domestic and European competitions this season, so the thin lead is as good as a massive lead.
Pablo Sarabia put Sevilla in front at the Sanchez Pizjuan when the teams met last Tuesday. But a Jesus Navas own goal established parity within 6 minutes. It was anybody’s match to win in the second half, but Bayern strike lucky through Thiago Alcantara to win it 2-1 and end their poor run of results in Spanish soil.
At Munich, the Bavarians are unbeaten in all competitions this season, 19 matches – 17 wins and 2 draws. They won all their 4 Champions League fixtures here scoring a minimum of 3 goals. This is a herculean task for the Andalusians, who are without a win since the 2-1 historic victory at Old Trafford.
Bayern Munich vs Sevilla: Head-to-head
Bayern’s 2-1 win at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last Tuesday is their lone meeting with Sevilla.
The FCB have a solid home record against Spanish clubs – 18 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses from 26 matches.
Sevilla had some success in German soil recently as they won 5 on the bounce before losing 4-2 to Borussia Monchengladbach in last season’s group stage.
Bayern Munich vs Sevilla: Predictions
The Bavarians are sitting in the driving seat and they must easily put this tie to bed from here. No team has defeated Bayern at the Allianz Arena in all competitions this season and they boast an incredible win ratio (17 of 19). Sevilla are a team that blow hot and cold in away games. I can see the Andalusians succumbing to another defeat on Wednesday.
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Bayern Munich vs Sevilla: Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Kingsley Coman together with Manuel Neuer are the two confirmed absentees in Wednesday’s Champions League home fixture against Sevilla.
Arturo Vidal is yet to achieve full-fitness since picking up a knee injury in the first leg of the corresponding fixture. While David Alaba is also a major doubt.
Bayern Munich Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Ulreich – Bernat, Hummels, Boateng, Kimmich – Martinez, Ribery, James, Thiago, Muller – Lewandowski.
The Sevillistas are short on options for the right side of defense with Simon Kjaer picking a knock in the team’s 4-0 defeat at Celta Vigo on Saturday. With the two full-backs Gabriel Mercado and Sebastien Corchia injured, Vincenzo Montella to use Jesus Navas as a temporary right back alongside Daniel Carrico, who made just 4 appearance for the club this season.
Miguel Layun is ineligible for selection following after playing for FC Porto in the competition earlier this season.
Among the good news, Ever Banega returns to the starting line-up after missing the first leg through suspension.
Sevilla Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Fran Rico – Escudero, Lenglet, Carrico, Navas – Banega, N’Zonzi – Correa, Vazquez, Sarabia – Muriel.