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Bayern unbeaten in Portugal

In the build-up to Wednesday evening’s Champions League quarter-final first leg away to FC Porto, FC Bayern will take heart from a very impressive record against Portuguese teams. Germany’s biggest club have never lost on Portuguese soil, claiming five wins and six draws from 11 previous visits. Overall, FCB have lost just one of 22 European meetings with clubs from Portugal, with 13 wins and eight draws. However, the solitary reverse was against FC Porto, and it was in a very big match too: the Reds fell 2-1 in the 1987 European Cup final in Vienna.

Positive record against Porto

Apart from the 1987 final, FC Bayern and FC Porto have met four times in the past, with Munich winning two and the other games ending in draws. The teams most recently crossed swords in the 1999/2000 quarter-finals. The first leg in Portugal ended 1-1, with FCB prevailing 2-1 in the return in Munich and progressing to the semi-finals.

Porto’s positive record against German teams

Porto are just behind in the head-to-head record against FC Bayern, but the serial Portuguese champions boast a very good record against German teams. Porto have faced clubs from Germany (including the former GDR) 27 times in UEFA competitions so far, recording 11 wins, seven draws and nine defeats. The most recent meeting with a Bundesliga club was a Europa League Round of 32 clash in February 2014, with Porto edging past Eintracht Frankfurt on away goals: the first leg finished 2-2 and the return 3-3.

Fourth quarter-final on the bounce

FC Bayern have qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals for the fourth year in succession, a feat only topped by Barcelona (eight in a row) and Real Madrid (five). In contrast, Porto are in the last eight for only the fifth time. The Portuguese side were knocked out three times and went through once on their way to winning the competition in 2004 when they beat Olympique Lyon.

Porto unbeaten

Watch out Bayern: FC Porto are the only team unbeaten in the current Champions League campaign (five wins, three draws). Including the two wins against Lille in the qualifying play-offs, Porto have not lost in ten European outings.

Central defender Marcano suspended

FC Porto have to manage without central defender Ivan Marcano. The Spaniard, who has played in five Champions League games this term including the two quarter-final matches against FC Basel, is serving a one-match ban. Four of his team-mates are in danger of suspension as another booking would see Alex Sandro, Maicon, Oliver Torres and Danilo miss the return leg. The only worry on that front for Bayern is Jérôme Boateng.

Strike force par excellence

Bayern have netted 23 goals in the Champions League this season - a better return than any other side in the last eight. However, Porto are in second spot with 21 goals (jointly with Real Madrid) and they have found the back of the net in all of the last 16 European games - a club record.

Defensive strength

Manuel Neuer has kept a clean sheet in all of the past three Champions League games. The last time that happened was in 2013 when FC Bayern won the premier European club competition - FCB did not concede in the quarter-final or last four ties.