Can Bayern Extend Their Recent Unbeaten Run Against Wolfsburg?
The Bavarians are playing the Champions League game on Tuesday, so its effect can be reflected in their lineup against Wolfsburg this Saturday.
League leaders Bayern Munich will be looking forward to a match against 13th place Wolfsburg. Bayern Munich has been marching forward with a terrific run of form, and they would most likely be expecting three points from this away fixture.
Bayern have won every single match in their last five games, with each recent game being more exciting than the former.
Wolfsburg are undergoing a sticky spell of form at the moment. The Wolves have lost their bite in recent weeks, toothless in a 1-0 DFB Cup defeat at Schalke, and then suffering a costly 3-1 loss at Werder Bremen last weekend.
Having ended their consecutive six loses against Bayern with a 2-2 draw, in the reverse fixture played between these two sides earlier in the completion, Wolfsburg again hope to regain their confidence after costly losses.
Bayern have an 18-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga and can afford to rest players for their Champions League campaign now. Their B team will be highly motivated to put in a strong performance as well, though, to impress manager Jupp Heynckes and push for a start against Besiktas.
Wolfsburg are now winless in the last three matches. Sacking their manager didn’t work quite well, and when a shock therapy does not work, it is safe to say that it’s time for panic in Wolfsburg. However, considering their home record, they are undefeated in last 9 of their 10 league game matches which is a good feat for them.
In the pre-match press conference, manager Martin Schmidt demanded “good mentality” and “strength” against the Bundesliga giants.
We don't have much to lose. We'll approach the match with confidence, with our heads held high. I have to take the respect away from my team a little and let them know they can hurt Bayern.
Head To Head
Bayern Munich drew 2-2 at home to Wolfsburg when the two sides met last September. Bayern won the six prior matches to that (4 Bundesliga and 2 DFB Pokal meetings).
Over two years back when these two sides faced each other, it was Bayern Munich who emerged victoriously. With Robert Lewandowski coming as a super substitute and scoring a whopping five goals in 9 minutes, his form makes him an excellent player.
Wolfsburg have trouble finding ways to score against the league leader, justified by their inability to score in 4 out of the last five meetings between these sides.
Wolfsburg have a few defensive worries in John Anthony Brooks – who was injured during the training – and Marcel Tisserand. Mid defender Ignacio Camacho is out until later this season due to ankle surgery.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is sidelined due to injury, probably keeping him off the pitch for more than three months. Considering the manager will rest key players ahead of their match against Besiktas, Rafinha could start the game.
Thiago is set to make a comeback in this match, but again may be on the bench for their Champions League First Leg match. Arturo Vidal is suspended for a game, and he will miss this opportunity as of now.
“It’s clear Thiago will play from the start in Wolfsburg tomorrow.” Said the Champions League winner when quizzed about the Spaniard’s situation.
Players To Watch
Yunus Malli will be the man for Wolfsburg, who hopes to play his best. Malli, in his 25 appearances for Wolfsburg has scored a total of 5 goals and two assists. The club will have their goal scoring responsibility shouldered upon Malli as they face Bayern Munich.
Heynckes could choose to make use of his squad and rotate in this fixture ahead of their UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg against Besiktas.
We have our Arjen Robben, the key player of Bayern Munich who will be a star turner of the game. In his 13 appearances, he has scored three goals and provided four assists. Age could not even slow down this player as he plays with a lot of energy and is one of the top-notch players.
Wolfsburg vs Bayern Match Facts
Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich Lineup (Predicted XI)
Wolfsburg Lineup (4-2-3-1)
DEF: Verhaegh (RB), Bruma(CB), Knoche(CB), William(LB)
MID: Guilavogui (CDM), Arnold (CDM), Malli (CAM), Mehmedi(LM), Brekalo (RM)
Bayern Munich Lineup (4-1-4-1)
DEF: Bernat (LB), Sule (CB), Boateng (CB), Rafinha (RB)
MID: Rudy (CDM), Conan (LM), Alcantara (CM), Tolisso (CM), Robben (RM)
Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich Prediction
Cleary, having been in such a terrific form Bayern Munich are the favorites. Considering Wolfsburg’s home record, we can expect goals from both these sides.
Also, the Bavarians would have some key players in rest for their match against Besiktas so we predict this match would be a 2-1 victory for Bayern Munich.