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Champions League Battle: Bayern Munich face Benfica!


Champions League Battle: Bayern Munich face Benfica!

Champions League Battle: Bayern Munich face Benfica!

Bayern Munich hope to secure a place for themselves in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday, when they welcome Benfica to the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich have produced a host of dominant showings in the Champions League so far.

After beating Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 and 5-0 respectively, the German champions put four unanswered goals past Benfica on matchday three to establish a five-point lead at the summit of Group E, assuring themselves of at least a third-place finish in the process.

If the Bavarians claim three points on home soil this time around, they would be guaranteed to qualify for the knockout stages, no matter the result between Barca and Dynamo Kyiv.

Bayern’s 12 goals is by far the most in the Champions League this season – and they are one of only two sides yet to concede in the tournament alongside Juventus.

They have also been strong in their domestic league, with Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sane, and Thomas Muller all scoring in a 5-2 defeat of Union Berlin on Saturday.

Benfica, meanwhile, have suffered five defeats from five away games at Bayern, most recently going down 5-1 in the group stage of the 2018-19 tournament. Look for a repeat this time around, with the Germans winning 4-1.

In terms of injuries, Benfica’s Andre Almeida limped off with a muscle problem in their first meeting with Bayern and, alongside fellow full-backs Gil Dias and Valentino Lazaro, is set to remain sidelined.

Furthermore, forwards Haris Seferovic and Rodrigo Pinho are also continuing their spells out of action.

For Bayern, Leon Goretzka’s bruised his heel which kept him out of the win over Union Berlin, and he remains a doubt for this match, while Lucas Hernandez is in the same boat after taking a blow to the knee in domestic league action.

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