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Bayern set to continue good run of form against Monchengladbach

 

On Saturday evening, reigning German champions Bayern Munich visit surprise package Monchengladbach, in one of the biggest games in the Bundesliga in gameweek 24.

The two teams head into this clash in highly contrasting form. Monchengladbach’s early good form has dipped of late, as the Foals have failed to record a victory in three league matches, while also suffering two defeats.

The home side faces Bayern at a bad time, as the reigning champions have won ten of their last 11 matches in the German top-flight. Any other season Niko Kovac’s team would probably have a healthy lead at the top of the table. However, the champions currently trail league leaders Dortmund by three points in the title race.

This game pits a strong home team against an excellent away outfit. Monchengladbach have suffered consecutive home defeats in the German top-flight. However, prior to the losses, the Foals had recorded 12 straight league victories on home soil.

They have also scored at least two goals in 14 of their last 16 home games in the Bundesliga. The two recent defeats will be seen as just a slight blip for the home side.

Meanwhile, Bayern have won five of their last six matches on their travels in the Bundesliga, while also scoring at least twice in eight of their last nine away games in the German top-flight.

The trends point to a high scoring encounter at Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK. Six of Bayern’s last seven league matches have produced over 2.5 goals, while eight of Monchengladbach’s last ten matches on home soil in the Bundesliga have produced over 2.5 goals.

This match will be a test of Monchengladbach’s Champions League credentialsHowever, Forebet predicts that Bayern will have too much for the Foals and record a comfortable victory in a high scoring affair.

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Bayern to open the Bundesliga campaign with a victory

 

On Friday night, Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim clash at the Allianz Arena in the opening game of the Bundesliga campaign.

German champions Bayern Munich have been the undisputed heavyweights of the Bundesliga in recent seasons, winning the title in six consecutive seasons.

New Bayern head coach Niko Kovac will be looking to make a winning start to his Bundesliga career with the Bavarian giants.

The home side finished the Bundesliga campaign in a strong manner, winning eight of their last ten league matches. A shock 4-1 defeat against Stuttgart in their final league game of last season ended a run of six straight league wins.

Bayern’s Bundesliga games towards the end of the campaign were high scoring, as their last ten league games produced over 2.5 goals.

Die Roten have a formidable home record in the Bundesliga, losing just one of their last 39 league games at the Allianz Arena. Bayern’s recent home games in the German top-flight have been high scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in eight of their last nine outings.

Hoffenheim have been difficult to defeat in the Bundesliga of late, losing just one of their last 11 games in the German top-flight. Julian Nagelsmann’s side has also won four of their last five league games.

The visitors have been highly prolific in the German top-flight, scoring at least two goals in seven of his last ten league games.

Hoffenheim’s form on their travels in the Bundesliga has been inconsistent of late, as they have won just twice in 12 away games in the German top-flight. A poor defensive away record has contributed to that poor recent away record, as the visitors have conceded at least two goals in eight of their last 12 away games.

Sportseconds predicts that Bayern Munich will record a victory in a high-scoring clash to kick-off the Bundesliga campaign with a bang.

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Bayern need penalties to beat 10-man Leipzig in German Cup

BERLIN-Bayern Munich edged past 10-man RB Leipzig 5-4 on penalties on Wednesday to advance to the German Cup round of 16 after drawing 1-1 over 120 minutes.

Timo Werner’s penalty was saved by Sven Ulreich after all nine previous efforts had succeeded as Bayern continued their successful run under coach Jupp Heynckes ahead of the two sides’ Bundesliga meeting on Saturday.

Leipzig, who had Naby Keita sent off in the 54th minute for a second booking, should have scored during a strong first-half performance.

Emil Forsberg wove his way into the Bayern box but keeper Sven Ulreich did well to save in the 24th minute, and another similar run should have earned him a penalty when Arturo Vidal clipped the Swede’s legs.

But they got their spot-kick in the 68th minute when Yussuf Poulsen was brought down by Jerome Boateng.

Forsberg converted it to put Leipzig ahead but Boateng took his revenge five minutes later, chipping over a beautiful cross for Thiago Alcantara, who headed in the equaliser.

Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi kept his side alive with a string of sensational saves as Bayern, who also hit the post, took complete control.

They scored all five of their penalties before Ulreich saved Werner’s spot-kick to send them through.

Cologne, without a win and in last place in the Bundesliga, beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 to advance, while VfB Stuttgart also advanced with a 3-1 victory over second-tier Kaiserslautern.

There was also joy for Werder Bremen, in 17th place in the league, who beat Hoffenheim 1-0.

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Ancelotti: Lewandowski will finish his career at Bayern

Carlo Ancelotti says Robert Lewandowski will finish his career at Bayern Munich, despite speculation over the striker’s future.

The Poland international caused controversy last month when he appeared to question the Bundesliga champions’ transfer policy.

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warned him about the comments and former captain Stefan Effenberg said he should be sold for his “attack” on the club.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked with Lewandowski in the past, as have Paris Saint-Germain, who face them in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Ancelotti, however, has no doubt Lewandowski will not leave the Allianz Arena.

“He has a four-year contract. Robert will end his career with Bayern,” he told a news conference.

Bayern’s form has been patchy in the early weeks of the season, with new signings James Rodriguez and Corentin Tolisso yet to adjust fully to their new surroundings, meaning veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery continue to be relied upon for inspiration in attack.

But Ancelotti sees no problem in trusting players who are 33 and 34 respectively to lead his team from the front.

“They are playing well this season,” he said. “I had players in the past who played until they were 40, although they were defenders.”

Ancelotti has few concerns when it comes to team selection for Wednesday’s meeting with his old club, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and full-back Rafinha the only major absentees.

The Italian is happy to have the headache of trying to name his best side for a game he believes could be crucial to Bayern’s chances of winning the group.

“All the players are available; it won’t be easy to decide,” he said. “We have to produce a complete performance in attack and defence.

“It’s an important game. Obviously it won’t decide anything yet, but we want to win the group.”

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Bayern Searching for Back to Back Bundesliga Wins

This week sees the first round of mid-week fixtures in the German Bundesliga and there is an exciting clash to look forward to at the Veltins Arena.

Schalke take on Bayern Munich in a top of the table clash, as both teams aim to keep pace with Borussia Dortmund and surprise package, Hannover 96.

Schalke will start this match in fourth place in the Bundesliga, having picked up 9 points from their four games played. There have been three wins and one defeat, with their latest victory coming on the weekend via a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen.

So far this season, Schalke have defeated RB Leipzig and Stuttgart at home but lost 1-0 away to Hannover prior to their win at Werder Bremen.

Trends show Schalke are undefeated in five of their last six Bundesliga games, a run which stretches back to last season. Their home form is very good and they are unbeaten in their last nine home Bundesliga matches.

During that run, they have scored at least 1 goal in every game but only managed to keep three clean sheets, something which Schalke will be looking to improve this season.

However, a clean sheet could be hard to come by as Bayern Munich roll into town on Tuesday night.

Bayern Munich are searching for their fourth win of the season, having produced an identical record to Schalke in their four Bundesliga games.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team started the campaign with victories over Bayer Leverkusen at home and Werder Bremen away but the champions then tasted defeat in Hoffenheim, going down 2-0 in a match that was always going to be tough.

Bayern Munich recovered from that defeat on Saturday by beating Mainz comfortably 4-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Trends show Bayern Munich are undefeated in twenty-five of their last twenty-seven Bundesliga games and in twelve of their last fourteen on the road. They have won four of their last five league games with a 2-goal margin or more.

Bayern Munich enjoy a good record against Schalke and they are undefeated in their last thirteen Bundesliga games. Schalke have failed to defeat them in their last six attempts at the Veltins Arena and this is not at match which the Bayern Munich players will fear.

Schake should have a fully fit squad to choose from for this match, with the only doubts being Donis Avdijaj and Luke Hemmerich, who have ankle and foot problems respectively.

Bayern Munich are without the defensive duo of Juan Bernat and David Alaba, both of which are expected to be out at least until mid-October.

When playing against Bayern Munich you must defend well and other than their opening match against RB Leipzig, Schalke have looked anything but sturdy at the back. Bayern showed glimpses of being back to their best on the weekend and have enough talent going forward to continue their unbeaten run against Schalke by taking maximum points.

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Bayern Munich 4 Mainz 0: Muller helps ease pressure on Ancelotti

Thomas Muller offered a demonstration of his worth to Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti by starring in Saturday’s 4-0 Bundesliga win over Mainz.

Bayern lost their last league meeting 2-0 to Hoffenheim and were unconvincing for long periods in seeing off Anderlecht 3-0 in the Champions League in midweek, with a number of players making their frustrations clear on the pitch.

Ancelotti has been under pressure as a result of Bayern’s sluggish start to the campaign, with Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann tipped as a replacement.

But it was Muller, who was dropped for the Anderlecht game and has expressed irritation at being in and out of the team, who starred in a performance that should ease the burden on Ancelotti.

Muller opened the scoring in the 11th minute with an effort that deflected in off Arjen Robben, who eventually doubled Bayern’s lead after they spurned a host of first-half chances.

Robert Lewandowski effectively wrapped up the points by converting a magnificent cross from Muller, with the Pole then doubling his tally to add gloss to the scoreline.

Daniel Brosinski provided an early demonstration of Mainz’s threat when his curling effort was turned around the post by Manuel Neuer, but the visitors’ promising start soon dissipated and Bayern took the lead in somewhat fortuitous fashion.

Mainz failed to deal with a ball in from the left and Joshua Kimmich laid off to Muller, whose effort was deflected past Rene Adler by Robben.

Robin Quaison almost caught Bayern cold as he latched on to Levin Oztunali’s throughball, only to be frustrated as Neuer kept out his powerful low drive.

Adler performed heroics to deny Robben and Arturo Vidal with a stunning double save following great work down the left from Kingsley Coman, who then appeared destined to double the advantage but succeeded only in striking the underside of the crossbar from point-blank range with the goal at his mercy.

Lewandowski then skewed wide with seemingly the entire goal to aim at, before the second goal Bayern’s dominance deserved finally arrived via Robben.

Kimmich was again instrumental as he slipped in the Dutchman, who made no mistake in lofting the ball over Adler at the near post.

Just five minutes after the restart Bayern made the game safe as Muller’s excellent low delivery from the right was calmly dispatched by Lewandowski.

The same combination almost supplied a fourth goal but Lewandowski narrowly missed getting on the end of Muller’s centre.

Lewandowski then failed to connect with an overhead kick from Muller, with Fabian Frei providing Neuer with work to do at the other end with a vicious volley from outside the area.

Substitute Franck Ribery was denied by Adler at the near post before Vidal clattered a header against the crossbar, yet Mainz could not prevent Lewandowski from making it four by nodding in Kimmich’s cross.

Sebastian Rudy would have made it five had his rasping volley not struck the woodwork and the only dissatisfaction in the Bayern camp after this performance will be that the scoreline was not even more emphatic.

Key Opta stats:

– Goalkeeper Rene Adler has conceded 31 goals in his last five BL appearances away at Bayern – an average of 6.2 goals per game.

– Robert Lewandowski has scored at least two goals in eight of his last nine BL appearances when scoring (six braces, two hat-tricks).

– Joshua Kimmich assisted three goals in his 54th Bundesliga game – the same amount as in his 53 BL appearances before.

– Manuel Neuer saved five shots – the last time he saved more was in February 2016 in a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg (eight).

– In his 100th Bundesliga appearance for FC Bayern Robert Lewandowski scored his 81st and 82nd goals – a new record. The previous record was held by Rudi Voller who scored 73 goals in his first 100 Bundesliga appearances for Werder Bremen.

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Bayern to win away at Hoffenheim

Bayern Munich have dominated the Bundesliga in recent years and have started the new campaign with two wins out of two games. The Bavarians perfect start to their campaign in the German top-flight faces a test as they visit one of last season’s surprise packages Hoffenheim on Saturday evening.

The home side produced a strong campaign last season by finishing fourth in the Bundesliga table. Julian Nagelsmann team based last season’s high finish in the German top-flight on good home form, as they are now unbeaten in 18 in the Bundesliga on home soil.

They have also kept clean sheets in five of their last six games on home soil in the Bundesliga, so are difficult to break down. However, Bayern have been prolific in the Bundesliga of late, scoring two or more goals in six of their last seven outings in the German top-flight.

Hoffenheim have managed to collect four points from their first two league games. However, it will be difficult to add to their points against the reigning champions.

Germany international attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry on loan from Bayern will miss this clash due to injury.

One negative for the home side is that they have won just one of their last 19 meetings with Bayern in all competitions. That one win came in this fixture last season, though.

Bayern have recorded wins in their last six consecutive games in the Bundesliga, including wins over Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen in the first two league games of the campaign.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team have won their last three away games in the Bundesliga, scoring 12 goals in the process. Die Bayern have also managed clean sheets in five of their last seven outings in the German top-flight.

This will not be an easy game for Bayern by any stretch of the imagination. However, Forebet predicts that the German champions will continue their hundred per cent record in the Bundesliga.

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