Bayern Munich can book their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with a win against Benfica on Tuesday. Without Julian Nagelsmann, who is out of the side because of COVID-19, Bayern has seen different kinds of results in the past week or so. Benfica is struggling in the Portuguese league, but they’re in a good position to qualify from the Champions League group.
Bayern return to winning ways after midweek shock
The first two games under Dino Toppmuller were sensational for Bayern. They scored nine goals against two teams who had great runs in the competition they met. Especially the first-half at BayArena, where they scored four in space of seven minutes, was top class.
But they did get the taste of their medicine. Borussia Monchengladbach beat Bayern in each of the last four seasons, but it was never like in such a humiliating fashion for the German football giants.
Adi Hutter’s side scored five goals against Bayern for the second time after his Eintracht Frankfurt’s 5-1 success that ended Niko Kovac’s spell at Allianz Arena. Gladbach’s 5-0 success that see Bayern exit Pokal in the second round for successive seasons was also recorded as the club’s worst defeat since the 1970s.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 20:00 on Tuesday 2nd November 2021, and the entire match will be available on BT Sport.
Benfica show different colors in the league and Europe
Benfica’s bad run of results continues as they only won two of their last six games in all competition after a draw at Estoril Praia. The manner of their wins also spills concerns for Jorge Jesus’ side.
Their latest win against newly-promoted Vizela arrived courtesy of a 98th-minute winner from the excellent midfielder Rafa Silva. The other also arrived with an extra-time winner against second-tier Trofense in the cup.
Just like Bayern find out at Gladbach, Benfica denied a win via the skill they mastered in the last few weeks. When Lucas Verissimo opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, it felt like a rare easy game for Benfica, but they conceded an injury-time equalizer.
Bayern clinical in the reverse fixture
A thoroughly entertaining fixture ended with a huge Bayern win in the first meeting only because of Bayern’s merciless and efficient display after Leroy Sane broke the deadlock late in the game with a superb free-kick. In a game Bayern’s three designated wingers — Sane, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry — produced a superb display, Bayern won 4-0.
Bayern Munich & Benfica Team News
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will be out of action for a few weeks with a muscle injury. Leon Goretzka is expected to return after he picked up another injury in the cup defeat. Alphonso Davies returned in Bayern’s weekend 5-2 win away at Union Berlin.
Haris Seferovic, Gedson Fernandes and Valentino Lazaro — who had a spell in Bundesliga — are doubts for this game from Benfica. Gil Dias and Rodrigo Pinha are also not expected to be on the flight to Munich.
Bayern want to write more new records
12 goals scored, none conceded. This is a joint record in the Champions League after three rounds of the group stage. They hope to continue in that route as qualification could be achieved with a win against Benfica on Tuesday. Benfica is still three points ahead of Barcelona in the group thanks to their 3-0 win against them on the second matchday.
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