For their La Liga match on Saturday, Villarreal fielded an entirely different starting XI from the team that beat Bayern 1-0, only bringing on five of the players for a run out in the 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao.
That group of subs included the three attackers likely to be used against Bayern, including goalscorer Arnaut Danjuma, who all got a 30-minute cameo in preparation for the match in Munich.
Villarreal predicted lineup (4-4-2): Rulli (GK) — Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan — Lo Celso, Capoue, Parejo, Coquelin — Danjuma, Moreno.
The Sporting News will have coverage of the action at the Allianz Arena starting two hours before kick-off with all the build-up and team announcements as the sides prepare to try and reach the last four of the competition.
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Villarreal hold an one-goal lead have prevailed 1-0 in last week’s first leg thanks to Arnaut Danjuma’s goal after eight minutes.
Bayern have a 100 per cent record at home in the Champions League this season so will be confident they can by the two clear goals they need to get through. Not long now to find out if they can do it.
But Villarreal, last season’s Europa League winners, are the side with the advantage going into the second leg of the tie.
They won the first leg in Spain last week 1-0 thanks to Arnaut Danjuma’s eighth-minute strike and a draw in Munich would allow them to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2006.
Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann will again look to Robert Lewandowski to be the hero for his side, who are looking to become European champions for a seventh time.
The Polish forward has scored 12 times this season in the competition with a hat-trick coming inside the first 23 minutes against Salzburg in the second leg of the last-16 tie in March.
The winners of the quarter-final will face either Liverpool or Benfica in the semi-finals, with Jurgen Klopp’s men 3-1 up from the first leg of that tie.