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Bayern vs Villarreal Champions League quarter-final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups

When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg between Bayern and Villarreal.

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski is this season's top scorer with 12 goals
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski is this season's top scorer with 12 goals Getty Images

Bayern and Villarreal meet in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday 12 April.

Bayern vs Villarreal at a glance

When: Tuesday 12 April (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Fußball Arena München, Munich
What: UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg (first leg: 0-1)
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Semi-final opponents: Benfica or Liverpool

Where to watch Bayern vs Villarreal on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

What happened in the first leg?

Highlights: Villarreal 1-0 Bayern
Highlights: Villarreal 1-0 Bayern

Having followed up their stunning 3-0 win at Juventus with back-to-back domestic defeats, Villarreal could have been forgiven for making a slow start. They did quite the opposite, though, Arnaut Danjuma diverting Daniel Parejo's shot beyond Manuel Neuer after just eight minutes. The Yellow Submarine absorbed long periods of Bayern pressure thereafter, but it was Unai Emery's men who went closest to another goal when Gerard Moreno struck the base of a post.

Away goals rule abolished

There has been a rule change for 2021/22: ties level after the second leg will go to extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required, irrespective of the number of away goals a team has scored.

Starting line-ups

Bayern: Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernández; Sané, Kimmich, Goretzka, Coman; Müller, Musiala; Lewandowski
Misses next match if booked: Hernández

Villarreal: Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Estupiñán; Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin; Gerard Moreno, Danjuma, Lo Celso
Misses next match if booked: Alberto Moreno, Parejo, Rulli

Every Lewandowski goal this season
Every Lewandowski goal this season

Form guide

Bayern
Since round of 16 (all competitions, most recent first)
: WLWWD 
Where they stand: 1st in Bundesliga

Villarreal
Since round of 16 (all competitions, most recent first)
: DWLL 
Where they stand: 7th in Spanish Liga

Expert predictions

Jordan Maciel, Bayern reporter: In Julian Nagelsmann's own words, both he and his side "have a lot of work to do" before kick-off on Tuesday evening. The six-time winners are far from their best form and carry all the pressure on their shoulders. Should they overturn last week's disappointing defeat, order will be restored. However, failure to progress from a tie in which they were considered such strong favourites would fall far below the high expectations set at this club.

Delfín Ramírez, Villarreal reporter: Unai Emery must be thinking along the lines of: 'If it isn't broke, don't fix it'. He will surely pick the same team that excelled in Munich, not least considering that all 11 players started Saturday's 1-1 Liga draw with Athletic on the bench. If Villarreal can produce another display like they did last week, they might just have a chance.

What the coaches say

Unai Emery oversees Villarreal training on Monday
Unai Emery oversees Villarreal training on MondayAFP via Getty Images

Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern coach: "We can't give Villarreal the time they need to find their rhythm. We need to be more unpleasant to play against. However, we shouldn't spend too much time talking about it, and instead need to make sure we deliver tomorrow."

Unai Emery, Villarreal coach: "We must show Bayern an enormous amount of respect. It will be very difficult and we must know how to respond. We know they're used to scoring a lot of goals at home and that's normal for them. They have respect for us too, but they know that if they perform at their very best, they are the favourites to win. They will feel strong and optimistic playing at home."

Where is the 2022 Champions League final?

The Stade de France in Saint-Denis will host the final on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET.

The winners gain a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.