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Bayern Munich predicted lineup vs Benfica - Champions League

Tom Gott
Bayern are in terrifying form
Bayern are in terrifying form / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages
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Bayern Munich have been running riot in the Champions League so far this season but face arguably their toughest test of the group stage in the shape of a trip to Portuguese giants Benfica.

Julian Nagelsmann's side are in imperious form, having thumped Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 at the weekend, but Benfica are no pushovers and beat Barcelona by the same 3-0 scoreline as Bayern did.

Here's how the boss could set up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Benjamin Pavard
Pavard is set to return / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Manuel Neuer (GK) - His place is never under threat, but with Sven Ulreich out injured, Neuer is the obvious starter.

Benjamin Pavard (RB) - Pavard is back from suspension and can reclaim his spot on the right.

Niklas Sule (CB) - He's been filling in for Pavard but can now return to centre-back this time.

Dayot Upamecano (CB) - The first-choice defender under Nagelsmann, Upamecano is definitely going to keep his place.

Lucas Hernandez (LB) - Alphonso Davies was complaining of a thigh problem last time out and may well need to be rested for this one.

2. Midfielders

Serge Gnabry
Gnabry was on the scoresheet at the weekend / Lukas Schulze/GettyImages

Joshua Kimmich (DM) - One half of the scariest midfield in football, Kimmich has been playing some outstanding football of late.

Leon Goretzka (DM) - Bagged an assist in the first half against Bayer and was taken off at half time to save his legs.

Serge Gnabry (RM) - Gnabry was on form last time out, bagging two goals in just two minutes.

Thomas Muller (AM) - A typical Muller performance from the 32-year-old against Bayer, with one goal and one assist.

Leroy Sane (LM) - Sane has been enjoying life back on the left wing and will be looking to add a few more goals to his collection.

3. Forward

Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski could be about to win the Ballon d'Or / Lukas Schulze/GettyImages

Robert Lewandowski (ST) - Duh.

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