Bayern Munich will hope to maintain their dominant begin to their Champions League journey going once they journey to Portugal to satisfy Benfica.
Julian Nagelsmann’s facet have bagged eight targets and are but to concede of their two European video games, they usually come into this one in terrifying type after placing 5 previous Bayer Leverkusen within the first half of this weekend’s victory.
Benfica are not any pushovers, nonetheless. They gained their first eight league video games of the season and thumped Barcelona 3-0 earlier than the worldwide break, beating the Catalan facet by the identical rating as Bayern managed.
It guarantees to be a captivating encounter, and this is all you should find out about it.
When is kick off? Wednesday 20 October, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Estadio da Luz
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport ESPN (UK), TUDN Xtra (US)
Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channel
Referee? Ovidiu Hategan
VAR? Pol van Boekel
Benfica misplaced two wing-backs of their final outing in opposition to Trofense, with Gil Dias and Valentino Lazaro each choosing up accidents which can seemingly power them to overlook out right here.
There are additionally issues in regards to the health of Haris Seferovic, though the striker is extremely unlikely to begin over Darwin Nunez or Roman Yaremchuk anyway.
Alphonso Davies will face a late health take a look at after a thigh damage ended his enjoyable in opposition to Leverkusen, which may see Lucas Hernandez shifted out to left-back.
On the opposite facet of the pitch, Benjamin Pavard is eligible after serving his suspension and may begin at right-back.
Benfica: Vlachodimos; Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Gilberto, Weigl, Rafa, Mario, Grimaldo; Yaremchuk, Nunez.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Upamecano, Hernandez; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Muller, Sane; Lewandowski.
Bayern are unbeaten of their ten conferences with Benfica, the final of which got here at this stage of the Champions League again in 2018.
The German facet, led by Niko Kovac on the time, ran out 5-1 winners due to doubles from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben (whose first aim was psychological) and an additional bonus aim from Franck Ribery.
Bayern’s final journey to Benfica led to a 2-0 victory, however the Portuguese facet did keep away from defeat with a 2-2 draw once they met in early 2016.
Benfica are a very good facet, however Bayern simply look to be on a wholly completely different planet this season.
To place 5 previous Bayer in such devastating trend was a reminder to the remainder of Europe that Nagelsmann’s facet can humiliate actually any facet, they usually’ll be hoping to do precisely that in opposition to Benfica.
Jorge Jesus has constructed a powerful facet at Benfica and there is a good probability they’re going to seize a aim, however stopping the Bayern machine is a take a look at which few sides are able to conquering.
Prediction: Benfica 1-3 Bayern Munich