Preview - Bayern Munich vs Sevilla 12 April 2018

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Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg
Bayern Munich vs. Sevilla
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich: 
Last five matches form:  W L W W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.56
CL Average goals against per match: 0.89
CL Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (5)

Last five matches form: W L D L L
CL Average goals per match: 1.67
CL Average goals against per match: 1.67
CL Top Scorer: Wissam Ben Yedder ( 8 )

First Leg Score: Sevilla 1 - 2 Bayern Munich

Sevilla really needed to take some sort of advantage into the Allianz Arena if they were to harbour realistic hopes of progressing here. A 2-1 win on the road was a hugely positive result for Bayern and they will be confident of putting this one to bed in their home fortress. Sevilla did play well in enough in that home game to show they belong at this level but this looks a tall order.

In common with many of the sides remaining in the competition, Bayern Munich rested a number of their big guns at the weekend. Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Frank Ribery are all expected to return here though. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer remains the one big miss.

On the plus side for Sevilla, they do welcome key midfielder √Čver Banega back for this tie. They continue to have problems at right back though. Jesus Navas is hardly an ideal solution, but they have few other options at present.

The Allianz Arena really is a fortress for Bayern. So impenetrable that they haven't lost at home all season, winning 17 of 19 in all competitions. On a high having secured the Bundesliga title at the weekend, they are playing devastating football at present and Sevilla aren't the team to stop them.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 4 - 1 Sevilla


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Aggregate Score: 2 - 1
Shots: 18 - 10
Shots on target: 6 - 0
Corner Kicks: 9 - 1
Possession: 50% - 50%

Sandro Wagner was booked for the home side, whilst Gabriel Mercado, Steven Nzonzi and Ever Banega were all shown yellow for the away side who also had Joaquin Correa shown a straight red by referee William Collum.

Bayern were the better side here and rarely looked in any real danger, although if Joaquin Correa's 58th minute header had gone in rather than hit the cross bar, we may well have been in for a more frantic finale. As it was though, other than that header, Sevilla failed to register a single shot on target in the game.

It's not that Sevilla didn't go on the attack here. They did, especially early, they were simply unable to find the killer final ball or finish despite several promising positions.

Bayern for there part were largely restricted to efforts from range, and whilst Sevilla were finding Arjen Robben difficult to handle at times, the Dutchman was uncharacteristically wasteful despite engineering a number of promising shooting and crossing opportunities. A situation typified by the flying winger running rings around the defence in the 92nf minute, only to fire into the side netting when anything on target would have likely had keeper David Soria in trouble.

Tensions began to simmer for Sevilla late on as their fate became apparent, Joaquin Correa boiling over in stoppage time and being shown the straight red for a senseless tackle. 0-0 final score.

Sevilla can hold there heads up high overall here, as despite few giving them much chance against the rampant Germans, they largely performed with credit over the two legs.

It's Bayern who progress to the semi-finals yet again though.

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