UEFA Champions League preview: Real, Bayern on pace for semis

Bayern Munich barely break sweat as they cruise past Sevilla

"A 2-1 win away from home is always great, but it's not the same as 5-0 against Besiktas", said Robben, referring to their first-leg win in the last 16. Unless they come out fighting and can keep Real Madrid quiet, this should be a routine Champions League tie, with Real progressing easily.

It was the start of a busy spell for Heynckes' treble hopefuls, who host Sevilla in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg and take on Bayer Leverkusen in the last four of the DFB Cup either side of Saturday's meeting with Gladbach.

Acording to WhoScored.com, David Alaba and Arturo Vidal are both question marks with knocks. They have been in incredible form since Jupp Heynckes took over the team, having clinched the Bundesliga title and looked an ominous opposition for every team in the competition.

"It will be a hard game against a great team", said the French defender.

Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez were the stars, and the latter in particular is expected to shine on Wednesday. Sevilla will be bolstered by the return of Ever Banega, who missed the first leg due to suspension.

Both teams to score is priced at 4/5 (1.80), but more appealing in backing goals at both ends and over 2.5 goals at 20/21 (1.95) - the winning selection in the first leg. Ben Yidder's brace against United helped Montella's men go through and he would be hoping to get on the scoresheet again.

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Vincenzo Montella has a number of pressing injury concerns to deal with as well ahead of their trip to Munich.

With no more distractions in the league, Bayern rank among the favourites to win this year's Champions League.

Real slipped down to fourth in the Liga standings and 15 points behind leaders Barcelona following Sunday's draw with Atletico Madrid.

Though Sevilla's stunning performance at Old Trafford, not to mention their rally from three down against Liverpool in the group stage, will put a few Bayern fans on edge, they are usually a sure bet in this kind of position and should reach the semi-finals.

Bayern will be making their third appearance Stateside in five years, with their last participation including games against AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

"It's going to be hard, but it's possible", he said in Tuesday's news conference.

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