Preview - Sevilla vs Bayern Munich 04 April 18

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Champions League Quarter Final First Leg
Sevilla vs. Bayern Munich
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

Last five matches form: W L W L D
CL Average goals per match: 1.80
CL Average goals against per match: 1.60
CL Top Scorer: Wissam Ben Yedder ( 8 )

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
CL Average goals per match: 2.60
CL Average goals against per match: 0.90
CL Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowksi (5)

Both sides arrive at the top of their games. Sevilla having come as close as anyone to ending Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga run at the weekend, and Bayern Munich rebounding from defeat at Leipzig with an emphatic 6-0 demolition of Borussia Dortmund.

Sevilla are relatively injury free but do have one major absentee ahead of this clash. Midfield lynchpin Éver Banega missing out through suspension.

Manuel Neuer and Kingley Coman are definitely out for Bayern. Arturo Vidal and Juan Bernat are with the squad but remain injury doubts.

Looking at the stats, styles and recent results of these sides, we should be in for goals at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

Bayern restored all their big guns to the side vs Borussia Dortmund at the weekend and were scarily good at times. They scored six in the end, but it could quite easily have been 10.

Sevilla impressed vs an understrength Barcelona for much of the contest, but the manner in which they capitulated late must be a little concerning.

Sevilla caused a big shock in the last round when going to Old Trafford and knocking out the Red Devils in front of their own fans, suggesting it would be unwise to underestimate them here. We do expect Bayern to come through this tie eventually but the opening leg may well be a draw.

Prediction: Sevilla 2 - 2 Bayern Munich


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots: 9 - 14
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 6
Possession: 42% - 58%

Franck Ribery, Juan Bernat and Thomas Mueller were all booked for the visitors. Sevilla's Joaquin Correa and Guido Pizzaro also made their way into referee Daniele Orsato's notebook.

Sevilla probably just had the better of the exchanges and had what looked a certain penalty in the 15th minute when Joaquin Correa was brought down in the box. No penalty though, with Correa being booked for his trouble.

Then in the 20th minute the home side really should have been in front. Pablo Sarabia somehow contriving to miss the target with only a flailing keeper to beat from around ten yards. Bad miss.

Sarabia didn't miss 11 minutes later though, taking down an excellent ball from Sergio Escudero on his chest before volleying home at the far post. 1-0.

The lead wasn't to last until half-time though. Franck Ribery's cross from the left taking a wicked deflection off Jesus Navas leaving keeper David Soria wrong-footed. Soria did manage to get a hand to it but couldn't prevent the ball going in off the post. 1-1 at the break.

Sevilla had Soria to thank for maintaining parity in the 66th minute with the keeper producing a superb stop to deny what seemed a certain goal from Javier Martinez.

Bayern did take the lead in the 68th minute though. Ribery crossing to the far post to find Thiago Alcantara, whose diving header into the ground went in via a slight deflection.

A Steven Nzonzi piledriver from range was as close to an equaliser as Sevilla came in what was a thoroughly entertaining encounter.

It's advantage Bayern headed into the second leg then although Sevilla did themselves proud with this performance.

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