London - FC Bayern Munich are on what they hope will be the first of two trips to London this season as they take on Arsenal FC in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie. (Kick-off 20:45 CET).

The Bavarians go into the match in intimidating form, leading the Bundesliga standings by 15 points and having won all five league games without conceding since the turn of the year.

No fear


However, Arsenal can also look back on their most successful spell of the season to date, with four wins and a draw up to Saturday’s surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. "Arsenal have rediscovered their rhythm in recent weeks and they're an excellent team,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. “They are very good going forward and I'd warn against underestimating them.”

After finishing as tournament runners-up in two of the last three seasons, there appears to be little chance of that happening. “We don't want this to be our last trip to London this year,” told kicker magazine. “I want to win this title as soon as possible.”

Gunners lacking artillery


That would mean a return trip to the English capital on 25 May, with Wembley Stadium hosting the showpiece event once more. Heynckes', however, is undaunted by the prospect and has absolute faith in his charges. “I think we're capable of winning here,” said the veteran strategist. “We just need to deliver an absolutely top-drawer performance.”

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer echoed that sentiment, keen to extend his run of clean sheets in 2013. “It’s going to be important that we put in another good defensive display,” said the Germany No1, who has only conceded seven goals in the tournament this season.

Decisions, decisions


Given Bayern's imposing recent record, Heynckes is likely to stick to the same starting eleven that has served him so well. In Former Bayern keeper Oliver Kahn told bundesliga.comhe is convinced rotation will be kept to a minimum, with Heynckes already settled on the “backbone” of his team - a move that would leave no place for Arjen Robben or Mario Gomez in the side.

Yet with a bench full of experienced internationals to call on, no matter who starts this evening, Bayern will take some stopping.

Possible line-ups:

Arsenal: Szczesny - Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen - Wilshere, Arteta - Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Podolski - Giroud

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba - Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger - T. Müller, Kroos, Ribery - Mandzukic