Bayern Munich will be looking to make home advantage count on Wednesday when they host Manchester United in their Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Allianz Arena.
The tie is nicely poised at 1-1 after the first leg, but Pep Guardiola will look for his side to claim an early goal to make United's task even more difficult on foreign soil.
With the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez both suspended and Thiago Alcantara still out with a knee injury, Bayern will have to field a somewhat makeshift midfield.
However, they have quality they can bring in and are still very much the favourites to advance to the semi-finals, thanks to their away goal.
When: Wednesday, 9 April, at 7.45pm BST/ 2.45pm ET
TV Info: Live on Sky Sports 1
The Serbian international was a colossus in the first leg, defending as if his life depended on it at the back, while grabbing the vital headed goal from Wayne Rooney's corner in the second half.
The below stats, via Squawka, show just how influential he was during the game:
Nemanja Vidic against Bayern: 1 goal, 13 clearances, 100% headers & 2 tackles won, 94% pass accuracy. Clearances: pic.twitter.com/XnkrtLlC1A— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 2, 2014
United will need him to be on top form again, as their best chance of advancing to the semi-finals is if they keep a clean sheet and then grab a goal on the counter-attack.
Vidic is leaving Old Trafford for Inter Milan in the summer and will be hoping that his final campaign for United in the Champions League carries on a little while longer.
He comes into the game fresh after being an unused substitute in United's 4-0 away win against Newcastle United at the weekend.
Unlike last week, Vidic will likely have an orthodox striker to deal with in the shape of Mario Mandzukic. If he can keep the Croatian out of the game, United could be in with a chance of a famous win.
Welbeck is a fine performer in Europe—he scored away at Real Madrid in the last 16 in 2013 and was impressive in the first leg against Bayern last week.
His pace on the counter-attack often surprises defenders, and Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng seemed to struggle last week to keep him in check.
He squandered a glorious one-on-one with Manuel Neuer after leaving Boateng sprawling and had a goal, shown below, disallowed early on.
United will likely play a similar counter-attacking game on Wednesday, and if Welbeck can be as effective once again, he will get the opportunities to bag the crucial away goal that the Red Devils need.
Sky News' Paul Kelso noted how the United fans at Old Trafford appreciated Welbeck's ability to stretch defenders:
Welbeck applauded all the way off as Chicarito replaces. Miss forgiven, ability to stretch Bayern appreciated— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) April 1, 2014
Bundesliga writer Cristian Nyari, meanwhile, noted how Bayern missed Thiago, as they may well do again on Wednesday, against the Englishman:
United defending very well so far, long balls to Welbeck working for them. Bayern could do with Thiago in this game.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) April 1, 2014
Last week Pep Guardiola decided to start without a proper front man, opting instead for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery as Bayern's most advanced players behind Thomas Muller.
It did not seem to work too well, as despite all of their possession, they were reduced to firing pop shots at David de Gea from outside the box.
At 1-0 down, Guardiola introduced Mandzukic to proceedings and Bayern grabbed the equaliser three minutes later through Schweinsteiger.
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The Croatian was key in the build-up to the goal, heading down Rafinha's deep cross to set up Schweinsteiger.
With Mandzukic likely to start at the Allianz Arena, United will have a different threat to contend with. His height and strength offer a perfect target that was not on offer before his introduction at Old Trafford.
Many of Bayern's crosses failed to hit the target in Manchester, but with Mandzukic on the pitch, that is unlikely to be the case again.
The 27-year-old has 17 Bundesliga goals this season, per Squawka, and if he can find the net on Wednesday, Bayern should book their spot in the last four.
The most significant stat from the first leg was the 65 percent possession enjoyed by Bayern Munich. Given this much time with the ball again, it is likely Guardiola's side will be able to make it count and get the result they need.
Despite all their possession last week, however, it was United who had the more significant chances. United had four shots on target to Bayern's three, with two of the German outfit's shots coming from outside the box.
Meanwhile, Bayern were clear winners in the pass completion stakes, with 91 percent of their efforts successful compared to only 68 percent for United.
Bayern come into the game on the back of their first Bundesliga defeat in 54 games after a 1-0 loss to Augsburg, while the Red Devils comfortably beat Newcastle 4-0 away at the weekend.
The German outfit have seemingly lacked form recently—they have not won a match since they beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 to clinch the Bundesliga title two weeks ago.
Furthermore, this stat courtesy of retired Norwegian forward Jan Aage Fjortoft, might give United some hope of recording a victory:
Since 12/13season Bayern have lost 3 games in the ChampionsLeague.The only times Schweinsteiger has NOT been in starting11. He's not 2morrow— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 8, 2014
And while the Red Devils have the best away record in the Premier League, 10 wins from 17 games, Bayern have not lost once at home in the Bundesliga this season, per ESPN FC.
All key stats via Squawka unless otherwise stated.