Bayern Munich resume their hunt for a ninth-consecutive Bundesliga title when they host Mainz at the Allianz Arena on Sunday (5pm kick-off UK time).
Bayern Munich: Neur; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Tolisso; Gnabry, Müller, Sane; Lewandowski.
Mainz: Dahmen; Mwene, St. Juste, Hack; Fernandes, Latza, Barreiro, Brosinski; Boëtius; Burkardt, Quaison.
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- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Bayern Munich 3-0 Mainz
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Bayern Munich vs Mainz build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
It has been a close race at the top of the Bundesliga this season but, as normal, Bayern lead the way. They overcame an early defeat to Hoffenheim which had allowed rivals to get ahead of them, and put an end to Bayer Leverkusen’s unbeaten start in the final game before the break, leapfrogging them in the process.
That defeat to Hoffenheim was the only time Bayern lost in 2020 across all competitions, a run of form that saw them wrap up the 2019/20 Treble and the Uefa Super Cup already this season. Their 48 games also saw 42 wins and five draws, but three of those stalemates have come in Bayern’s past six Bundesliga matches.
There is only one team worse than Mainz in the Bundesliga this season, but Die Nullfünfer are giving Schalke a run for their money. Mainz have won just six points from their opening 13 games, with one win and three draws.
Early in the season, Mainz sacked Achim Beierlorzer and replaced him with Jan-Moritz Lichte on an interim basis. However, he lasted three months before his departure on Monday after. Former Mainz defender Bo Svensson is reportedly the target to replace Lichte long-term, but for now, Jan Siewert will take charge of first-team training.
- Bayern Munich (vs Bayer Leverkusen): Neuer; Sule, Boateng, Hernandez, Davies; Alaba, Tolisso; Coman, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski.
- Mainz (vs VfL Bochum): Zentner; St. Juste, Kilian, Hack, Niakhate*; Latza, Barreiro; Burkardt, Boetius, Quaison; Onisiwo.
Bayern have no fresh injury concerns, and had a slightly longer break, with their cup game against Holstein Kiel postponed. But Tanguy Nianzou remains out.
Moussa Niakhate is suspended for Mainz after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season and he is joined on the sidelines by Phillipp Mwene.
Players to watch:
Bayern Munich: A lot has been written about the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller so far this season, but one of Bayern’s perhaps-unsung heroes is Kingsley Coman. The Frenchman has started in nine of Bayern’s 13 Bundesliga games so far, filling in on either wing depending on what the game required. In those nine starts (plus one substitute appearance) Coman has recorded seven assists, joining Muller at the top of the Bundesliga standings. It’s the likes of Coman that allows Lewandowski and Muller to score the goals they do, more than happy to take the back seat and provide. But that doesn’t stop him from scoring, with Coman on two for the season so far.
Mainz: Only two teams have scored fewer goals than Mainz’s 12 in the Bundesliga this season, but one player who can hold his head high in that regard is Jean-Philippe Mateta. The Frenchman has been directly involved in 75% of Mainz’s Bundesliga goals, scoring seven and adding one assist in 13 appearances. However, he is on a barren run in front of goal, failing to score or assist in his past five games. In that run Mainz have managed just two goals and two points, proving just how important Mateta’s form is to the club. How they’ll love for him to get back on the horse this weekend.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Bayern Munich: WWDDW
- Mainz: LDLLD
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