Summary

  • Bayern travel to Portugal in confident mood.
  • Germany's record champions beat VfB Stuttgart 3-1 on Saturday.
  • Bavarians eyeing fifth straight UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance.

Boasting a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, FC Bayern München are bidding to reach a fifth consecutive UEFA Champions League semi-final when they travel to Portugal to face SL Benfica on Wednesday night (kick-off: 20:45CEST/18:45GMT).

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Pep Guardiola's side struggled to break down the Portuguese champions after Arturo Vidal's second-minute header in Munich, but looked in ominous form in dispatching VfB Stuttgart 3-1 on Matchday 29.

Read: Bayern 1-0 Benfica - match report

Franck Ribery's wonderful assist confirmed his return to top form, while there were further positives for Guardiola in the shape of David Alaba's first domestic goal of the season and Douglas Costa's first strike in the Rückrunde.

Watch: Stuttgart 1-3 Bayern - full match highlights

David Alaba scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season against Stuttgart on Matchday 29.

What they are saying

Pep Guardiola (Bayern head coach): "We intend to defend well, score a goal and qualify for the next round. The teams know each other well as they just played last week, but tactically we know what to do. A goal for FC Bayern would be a huge step towards the semi-finals.

Rui Vitoria (Benfica head coach): "We have to play well defensively as we're facing one of the best teams in the world, one of the favourites to win the competition and a side who set up the same home and away. We know Bayern are tactically very versatile with lots of resources at their disposal, so if they don't achieve what they want playing one way they'll try something else."

Match stats

  • Every time Bayern have beaten Benfica in a knockout tie, the Bavarians have reached the final.
  • This is Benfica's first Champions League quarter-final since 2011/12 (a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Chelsea FC). The Portuguese side's record overall in last-eight ties reads: W8 L8.
  • Bayern have won two of four away games in this season's Champions League, the only blots on the copybook a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal FC (matchday 3) and a 2-2 draw at Juventus FC (last 16, first leg).
  • Guardiola's side lost 3-1 to FC Porto in Portugal 12 months ago, turning the tie around with a 6-1 win at the Allianz Arena in the second leg.
  • Benfica goalkeeper Julio Cesar was part of the FC Internazionale Milano side which beat Bayern in the Champions League final in 2010.
  • Juan Bernat, Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Vidal are one booking away from a one-match ban.

Thomas Müller in action in last week's first leg.

Possible line-ups

Benfica: Ederson - Almeida, Lindelöf, Jardel, Eliseu - Fejsa, Sanches - Pizzi, Gaitan (c) - Mitroglou, Jimenez

Absentees: Julio Cesar (thigh), Nuno Santos (knee), Jonas (suspended)

Coach: Rui Vitoria

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Kimmich, Alaba, Bernat - Vidal, Thiago - Costa, Müller, Ribery - Lewandowski

Absentees: Badstuber (ankle), Boateng, Benatia, Robben (all groin), Coman (thigh)

Coach: Pep Guardiola

Watch: Franck Ribery is Matchday 29 player of the week