Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Benfica and Bayern Munchen face each other at Estadio da Luz in what is expected to be an interesting Champions League clash. The Bundesliga giants aim to keep their 100% record intact in Group E, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Defender Benjamin Pavard returns from a domestic ban, while fit-again winger Kinglsey Coman is pushing for a start. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Robert Lewandowski, who extended his brilliant goal-scoring run in the Bundesliga derby against Bayer Leverkusen.
The Eagles, on the other hand, did well to beat Barcelona 3-0 in their second group game, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s football match. Valentino Lazaro has overcome his injury, but Haris Seferovic remains in the recovery room. Midfielder Gil Dias, who limped off with injury in the Taca de Portugal win over Trofense, is unlikely to feature against Bayern Munchen.
Highlighted Player (Jan Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since.
The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings.
Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
Highlighted Team (Bayern Munich):
Over the years Bayern Munich have established themselves as one of the most successful European clubs. The Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) are the dominant force in German football and it has to be noted that the Bavarians clinched their 26th Bundesliga title in 2016. Bayern Munich have won 18 German Cup trophies, while winning the Champions League (European Cup) five times.
The German giants clinched the Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001, while lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in 2013. Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 by eleven football players and their leader was Franz John. The Bavarians host their rivals at Allianz Arena (75,000), the stadium that was built in 2005.
Fellow Bavarian sides TSV 1860 Munchen 1860 and Nurnberg are regarded as Bayern Munich’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern is big as well. The likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Muller and Giovane Elber are famous footballers who played for Bayern Munich in the past.