Bayern Munich vs. Sevilla: Probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog
Fresh from wrapping up the Bundesliga title at the weekend, James Rodriguez and Bayern Munich will look to finish the job against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday (kick-off: 08:45 PM CEST/ 06:45 PM GMT/ 02:45 PM EST).
James was in inspired form on Saturday, returning a goal and an assist to help Bayern to a 4-1 success at neighbours Augsburg, a win that served to confirm a sixth straight Bundesliga title with five games to spare. Buoyed by that triumph, the Bavarian giants are now looking to see off Sevilla after a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in the first leg last week, an own-goal from Jesus Navas and a Thiago header enough to give the five-time winners a slender aggregate advantage. Unbeaten in all competitions at home this season, Bayern have won all four European games at the Allianz Arena, scoring 14 goals in the process. The only concern for Jupp Heynckes ahead of this one is the fitness of David Alaba and Arturo Vidal; both missed the win in Augsburg due to injury.
Sevilla’s up-and-down form this season continued at the weekend: the Andalusian side suffered a 4-0 defeat at Celta Vigo on Saturday, hardly ideal preparation for a trip to Munich. The visitors will welcome back metronomic midfielder Ever Banega, who missed the first leg due to suspension, for this one, while Wissam Ben Yedder (eight goals) trails only Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Champions League scoring charts.
Watch: James Rodriguez has played a key role in Bayern Munich’s title triumph
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Bernat – Martinez, Thiago – James Rodriguez, Müller (c), Ribery – Lewandowski
Absentees: Neuer (light training), Coman (ankle), Alaba (back), Vidal (knee)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Sevilla: Soria – Navas, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero (c) – N’Zonzi, Banega – Vazquez, Correa – Ben Yedder, Muriel
Absentees: Corchia (groin), Layun (ineligible)
Coach: Vincenzo Montella
- Bayern sealed a sixth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday with five games to spare, beating Augsburg 4-1.
- James Rodriguez has returned six goals and 10 assists in only 19 Bundesliga outings this season.
- Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso, Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy are one booking away from missing the semi-final first leg should Bayern qualify.
- Lewandowski has scored hat-tricks in his last two games at home (6-0 v Hamburg, 6-0 v Borussia Dortmund).
- The Bavarians’ European record against Spanish opposition in Munich reads: W18 D5 L3.
- This is Bayern’s seventh straight Champions League quarter-final.
- Sevilla beat Manchester United 2-1 away from home in the round of 16 thanks to two Ben Yedder goals; a repeat of that result would take the tie into extra time.