Bayern Munich will host Benfica at the Allianz Arena on matchday 5 of Group E of the 2018/19 Champions League, Wednesday (28/11). A draw is enough to get Bayern into the last 16 with one game remaining.
Bayern (10 points) can even win the group if they beat Benfica (4 points), while Ajax (8 points) fail to win at AEK Athena (0 points). Benfica must win if want to keep the chances of finishing in the top two.
On matchday 1, Bayern beat Benfica 2-0 in Portugal. Goals from Robert Lewandowski and Renato Sanches made sure Niko Kovac’s men came home from Lisbon to bring maximum points.
However, Bayern’s performance has been declining lately. Bayern have only won once in their last four matches in all competitions. Meanwhile, Benfica began to improve with two consecutive wins after having swallowed three consecutive defeats in all competitions.
Last weekend, Benfica narrowly won 2-1 over Arouca in the Taca de Portugal competition through goals from Jonas and Rafa. Before that, they also beat Tondela 3-1 in the league through goals from Haris Seferovic, Jonas and Rafa.
That contrasts with Bayern, who were winless in their last two games in the Bundesliga. After being defeated by Borussia Dortmund 2-3 before the international break, last weekend Bayern were held to a draw by Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-3.
But Bayern have a good record against Benfica. Bayern are unbeaten in nine previous meetings. Considering the head-to-head factor, and their tendency to play well on the European stage, Bayern should be able to secure the points needed to ensure qualification for the round of 16.
📋 Squad update:
💬 “#Coman will not be invovled tomorrow. We’ve got to wait and see today with @SergeGnabry, but I don’t think he’ll be fit in time for tomorrow.”#FCBayern #MiaSanMia #UCL #FCBSLB pic.twitter.com/pEHaTyw3Ym
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 26, 2018
Kovač: “We need a draw tomorrow to advance but we want to win. Benfica need to win to keep their chances alive. They have a strong team, but we want the three points” #FCBSLB pic.twitter.com/zvDqXoBi01
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) November 26, 2018
Bayern (4-1-4-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Alaba; Martínez; Robben, Muller, Renato, Ribery; Lewandowski. Coach: Niko Kovac.
Benfica (4-3-3): Vlachodimos; Andre Almeida, Conti, Jardel, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Fejsa, Gedson; Salvio, Seferovic, Rafa Silva. Coach: Rui Vitoria.