Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg: probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog!
Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski have the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table ahead of the winter break when Wolfsburg and John Brooks travel to the Allianz Arena on Friday (kick off: 8:30 p.m. CET ).
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Lewandowski ended – by his standards – a long, two-game scoring drought on Tuesday with another brace as Bayern won 5-0 at VfB Stuttgart and claimed the title Herbstmeisterschaft title as the best team halfway through the Bundesliga season. Both goals were created by Serge Gnabry, who also scored a hat trick in an excellent attacking performance at his home club. The result was all the more impressive considering the absence of first-choice midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, as well as the upcoming Corentin Tolisso. This meant that the young Jamal Musiala and Marc Roca entered the breach. The latter in particular received post-match praise from head coach Julian Nagelsmann. The pair may well be needed again in this last game of 2021, but Marcel Sabitzer is back – but not for a full 90 minutes – while Kingsley Coman will also be out after suffering a thigh injury in the first half. in Stuttgart.
While Bayern have won their last four Bundesliga outings, Wolfsburg have lost four on the spin. The most recent setback came at home to Cologne on Tuesday as they lost the lead twice and conceded a last-minute third to fall 3-2. Brooks was an unused replacement in that one, with Maxence Lacroix and Sebastiaan Bornauw preferred in central defense. Whether the USA international enters or not, at least one change is needed at the back after Jérôme Roussillon clinches his fifth yellow of the season. With Paulo Otavio and Kevin Mbabu injured, it will probably be Yannick Gerhardt at left-back. Felix Nmecha got a first start alongside his brother Lukas, who was on the scoresheet with Wout Weghorst but will now miss the game after injuring his ankle.
Look: Some reasons why: Herbstmeister Bayern
- Wolfsburg is Lewandowski’s favorite opponent. The 33-year-old has scored 23 goals in 20 Bundesliga games against them, including his unforgettable five goals in nine minutes in September 2015.
- Lewandowski’s brace during the week saw him equal Gerd Müller’s Bundesliga scoring record in a calendar year (42). Lewy has done it in 33 games so far, compared to Der Bomber’s 34.
- Bayern have won 38 of their 48 Bundesliga games with Wolfsburg, including 11 of the last 12 (plus a draw). They have never lost at home against Wolves (W22, D2).
- Weghorst has scored twice in six meetings for Bayern, but has been on the losing side each time.
- Wolfsburg have just one point from their last five league games, which is the lowest total in the division.
- New Wolfsburg coach Florian Kohfeldt was undefeated in his first three games against Nagelsmann as he managed Werder Bremen (W1, D2), but lost each of the last five.
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies – Musiala, Roca – Gnabry, Müller, Sane – Lewandowski
Outside: Choupo-Moting (fitness match), Coman (thigh), Goretzka (foot), Kimmich (lungs), Sarr (groin), Stanisic (thigh), Tolisso (muscular)
Coach: Julien nagelsmann
Wolfsburg: Casteels (c) – Bakou, Lacroix, Bornauw, Gerhardt – Vranckx, Guilavogui, Arnold – Lukebakio, Weghorst, L. Nmecha
Outside: Mbabu (muscular), Mehmedi (muscular), Otavio (knee), Philipp (muscular), Roussillon (suspended), Schlager (knee), William (knee)
Doubtful: Waldschmidt (ill)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt
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