Bundesliga Preview: Wolfsburg - Bayern Munich
The Bavarian giants travel to Lower Saxony to meet their former coach Felix Magath and will be looking to bounce back following their opening day defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach
By Clark Whitney
Benaglio; Hasebe, Kjaer, Russ, Schafer; Ochs, Trasch, Josue, Salihamidzic; Helmes, Mandzukic
Felix Magath is set to have a nearly full squad on hand, with only long-term absentees Arne Friedrich and Thomas Kahlenberg, as well as the dropped Diego, unavailable from his first-team squad.
|Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)
Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Gomez
Franck Ribery is fit once more and tipped to start, although should he be unable play the full 90 minutes, Toni Kroos will be on hand to deputise. The fitness of Arjen Robben is also in question; the Dutchman complained of back problems, which were confirmed by coach Jupp Heynckes. The only confirmed absentee from Jupp Heynckes' squad is Breno, who is not yet fully fit.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Wolfsburg have only enjoyed one win in their last 10 competitive matches against Bayern (two draws, seven defeats).
- The Wolves' last win against Bayern was an emphatic one, though. In April 2009 they beat the Munich-based side 5-1 at home.
- Felix Magath's men have won four of their last five league games (one defeat).
- Bayern Munich have only lost one of their last 10 Bundesliga games (seven wins, two draws), not allowing their opponents more than one goal in any of these fixtures.
- The Allianz Arena outfit have only won one of their last six Bundesliga outings at Wolfsburg (three draws, two defeats).
- If the Bavarians lose this weekend, the German record champions would start the new campaign with two defeats for the first time in Bundesliga history.
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Top 3 Predictions
VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 FC Bayern München
- 21.7 %
VfL Wolfsburg 1-3 FC Bayern München
- 17.63 %
VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 FC Bayern München
- 17.12 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 28, 2013||FC Bayern München 1 - VfL Wolfsburg 0|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Apr 16, 2013||FC Bayern München 6 - VfL Wolfsburg 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 15, 2013||VfL Wolfsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 25, 2012||FC Bayern München 3 - VfL Wolfsburg 0|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Jul 26, 2012||VfL Wolfsburg 1 - FC Bayern München 2|
|Mar 2, 2014||Hoffenheim 6 - VfL Wolfsburg 2||GER1|
|Feb 22, 2014||VfL Wolfsburg 3 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1||GER1|
|Feb 16, 2014||Hertha BSC 1 - VfL Wolfsburg 2||GER1|
|Feb 12, 2014||Hoffenheim 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 3||GERC|
|Feb 8, 2014||VfL Wolfsburg 3 - Mainz 0||GER1|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
The former Koln man was in fine form in the first matchday, and scored a fine brace to lead his team to victory. He has had a rough spell in recent years, but the Germany international is a dangerous target man with plenty of talent and motivation.
One year ago, the reigning World Cup Golden Boot winner scored a brilliant opener against Wolfsburg. Now, having had a bit of a false start to his season, Muller will try to put his recent woes behind and replicate that performance. His influence in the centre will be critical for Bayern, who have struggled around the edge of the box.
It always is a spectacle to behold when Felix Magath faces his former Bayern, and Saturday's match will be no exception. Wolfsburg started their season well last week, but their elimination from the DFB Pokal means they are still struggling for consistency. Bayern suffered a surprise defeat in their first match, but are likely to bounce back after several of their stars impressed during the midweek internationals.
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