Summary

  • Bayern München are in their fifth successive Champions League semi-final.
  • Pep Guardiola has an almost full-strength squad to choose from.
  • Atletico have won their last five league games.

FC Bayern München will be hoping they can shake off their Spanish jinx in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final encounter away to Club Atletico de Madrid on Wednesday (kick-off 20:45CEST/18:45GMT).

The Bundesliga leaders lost to Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona in the first leg of their last-four ties in the previous two seasons, and have won just twice - while losing eight - in 12 trips to Spain for a competitive fixture.

Bayern head to the Spanish capital in great spirits (read: Xabi Alonso exclusive), however, having won nine of their last ten league outings after their Matchday 31 triumph at Hertha Berlin to inch closer to a record fourth successive title.

Match stats

  • Bayern are in their fifth consecutive Champions League semi-final; Atletico are appearing at this stage of the competition for the second time in three years.
  • Bayern beat the Spaniards in the 1974 final to win the first of their five European titles.
  • The Bavarians have won just two and lost four of their last nine Champions League away games.
  • Leading Bundesliga scorer Robert Lewandowski has 46 goals in 53 appearances for club and country this season.
  • Atletico have won their last five league games, and not conceded in their last four competitive outings.

Bayern will hope the in-form Arturo Vidal can help ease them towards the Champions League final.

Possible line-ups

Atletico: Oblak - Juanfran, Gimenez, Lucas, Filipe Luis - Koke, Gabi, Augusto, Saul Niguez - Griezmann, Fernando Torres

Coach: Diego Simeone

Absentees: Godin (thigh)

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Kimmich, Javi Martinez, Alaba - Xabi Alonso - Douglas Costa, T. Müller, Vidal, Ribery - Lewandowski

Coach: Pep Guardiola

Absentees: Badstuber (ankle), Robben (adductors)