Bayern Munich’s quest to retain their Bundesliga title continues on Saturday at 5:30pm when they travel to face Arminia Bielefeld.
Arminia XI: Ortega Moreno; De Medina, Pieper, Van der Hoorn, Lucoqui; Kunze, Prietl; Gebauer, Doan, Hartel; Klos.
Bayern XI: Neuer; Pavard, Süle, Alaba, Hernandez; Goretzka, Tolisso; Gnabry, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski.
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Arminia vs Bayern build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
Hansi Flick’s side are currently fourth in the table after three games, one point behind the top three, having won two and lost one so far. The 2019/20 treble winners started the new campaign in emphatic fashion, beating Schalke 8-0 on the opening day but were then thumped 4-1 by Hoffenheim. Bayern returned to winning ways before the international break, but they were made to work hard for it, beating Hertha Berlin 4-3.
They may welcome the trip to newly-promoted Arminia, against whom they have won 25 of their 34 Bundesliga meetings so far, but the hosts will not make things easy. They have had a respectable start to life back in the Bundesliga, gaining four points from their opening three games, including a draw with Eintracht Frankfurt and a win over Koln. Arminia are also unbeaten in all competitions at home in 2020, winning eight and drawing two of their 10 games so far, keeping a clean sheet in all of their victories.
- Arminia (vs Werder Bremen): Ortega; Brunner, Van der Hoorn, Pieper, Lucoqui; Doan, Prietl, Hartel; Cordova, Klos, Soukou*.
- Bayern (vs Duren): Nubel; Sarr, Sule, Boateng, Davies; Martinez, Roca; Costa, Muller, Musiala; Choupo-Moting.
Bayern Munich made a number of changes for their DFB-Pokal game in midweek and should return to full strength, including a potential return for Kingsley Coman. Leroy Sane and Tanguy Nianzou remain out, as does Chris Richards. Arminia are without Cebio Soukou and Andreas Voglsammer while Cedric Brunner is a doubt.
Players to watch:
- Arminia: Stefan Ortega. Any goalkeeper going up against Bayern is going to be in for a tough game, as the German champions have only failed to score in two Bundesliga games since October 2018. In the 64 Bundesliga games during that run, Bayern have scored 189 goals, more than any other team in Europe’s top five leagues across the same period. But while Moreno’s main focus will be on trying to keep Bayern out, he is also an unexpected threat on the opposition defence. The goalkeeper assisted Arminia’s winning goal against Koln at the end of September, remarkably his fourth assist since the start of the 2017/18 season. That’s more than any other goalkeeper in Germany’s three professional leagues. Ortega to add a fifth assist this weekend?
- Bayern: Robert Lewandowski. The man that will be keeping Ortega busiest this weekend will undeniably be Lewandowski, who appears to love making defences squirm. If the 2020 Ballon d’Or awards were going ahead, it would have been tough to pick anyone other than the Polish striker, who recently won the 2019/20 Uefa Player of the Year award. It was in part due to his 55 goals in 47 games across all competitions last season, but Lewandowski has also started the new season in fine form. It was a bizarre moment when Bayern managed eight goals on the opening day and Lewandowski had only scored one of them (plus two assists) but the Polish striker more than made up for it against Hertha Berlin before the international break. Lewandowski scored all four of Bayern’s goals in the 4-3 win, including an injury-time winner. As we said, Lewandowski must love making defences squirm.