Bayern will look to finish the job against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday (kick-off: 08:45 PM CEST/ 06:45 PM GMT/ 02:45 PM EST).
James was in inspired form at the weekend, returning a goal and an assist to help Bayern to a 4-1 success at neighbours Augsburg, a win that served to wrap up a sixth straight Bundesliga title with five games to spare.
Buoyed by that triumph, the Bavarian giants are now looking to see off Sevilla after a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in the first leg last week, an own-goal from Jesus Navas and a Thiago header enough to give the five-time winners a slender aggregate advantage.
Unbeaten in all competitions at home this season, Bayern have won all four European games at the Allianz Arena, scoring 14 goals in the process. The only concern for Jupp Heynckes ahead of this one is the fitness of David Alaba and Arturo Vidal; both missed the win in Augsburg due to injury.
Sevilla’s up-and-down form this season continued at the weekend: the Andalusian side suffered a 4-0 defeat at Celta Vigo on Saturday, hardly ideal preparation for a trip to Munich.
The visitors will welcome back pass master Ever Banega, who missed the first leg due to suspension, for this one, while Wissam Ben Yedder (eight goals) trails only Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Champions League scoring charts.
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Rafinha – Martinez, Thiago – James Rodriguez, Müller (c), Ribery – Lewandowski
Absentees: Neuer (light training), Coman (ankle), Alaba (back), Vidal (knee)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Sevilla: Soria – Navas, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero (c) – N’Zonzi, Banega – Vazquez, Correa – Ben Yedder, Muriel
Absentees: Corchia (groin), Layun (ineligible)
Coach: Vincenzo Montella