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Niko Kovac and Bayern Munich hope to put a string of recent poor performances behind them when they travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon to face a squad they have not lost to in eight matches.
With speculation flying around Kovac’s termination as the manager just seven matches into his tenure, Munich called a press conference on Friday to ensure that the Croatian is still the man to lead the Bavarians going forward.
After winning their opening two matches this season, Wolfsburg have yet to pick up another victory in the last five matches. Draws against Hertha, Mainz and Monchengladbach were accompanied by losses to Freiburg and Werder during that span, with Die Wölfe conceded at least two goals in four of the matches. Manager Bruno Labbadia will be keen to get his team back to winning ways against a struggling Munich side, however their form at the Volkswagen Arena has been less than stellar as of late. Their last 13 home Bundesliga matches have only produced two wins, while they have suffered six defeats and drawn five times. Goals have been on display, as all six of their last league matches at home have gone over 2.5 total goals.
Kovac’s squad comes into the match having gone winless in their last four matches across all competitions, with panic beginning to set in. The Bavarians sit sixth in the table with 13 points from seven matches, but have been outscored 6-1 in their past three Bundesliga fixtures. A 2-0 away loss to the difficult Hertha Berlin may have been forgivable, but the 3-0 drubbing in front of their home fans at the hands of Monchengladbach before the break began rumours of Kovac’s departure. The Hertha loss was Munich’s first league defeat away in five matches, so they will be looking to regain the form they had previously when on the road. Seven of their last nine away Bundesliga matches have seen over 2.5 total goals, as Munich themselves found goal at least twice in all but two of those affairs.
Munich in unbeaten in their past eight matches in both the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal against Wolfsburg. Last year’s league encounters saw Bayern squander a 2-0 lead to end in a 2-2 draw at the Allianz, while the match in Wolfsburg was won by a last-minute Robert Lewandowski strike.
Wolfsburg play in a 4-1-4-1 formation that is headed by Dutch international Wout Weghorst in the striker role, who has scored just two goals in seven league matches this season. The squad relies on wingers Renato Steffen and Josip Brekalo along the wings to push the pace, however they will find it hard on Saturday when they have to contend with faster counterparts from Munich.
A key man for the squad is DR Congo international Marcel Tisserand, who plays alone in a defensive-midfield position. He will be roaming through the middle of the pitch, looking to contain Lewandowski and slow the Munich attack before it gets too deep. The back line led by American international John Brooks and Robin Knoche will have to player better than they have over the last month if they want to keep their squad in the match. Having surrendered two goals each to Hertha, M’gladbach and Bremen is not a good indication of a solid back line, even if they are up against a team struggling to find goals.
Bayern will be happy to once again field their full squad, allowing them to create the chemistry that led them to a perfect start to the season. Kovac also sends him team out in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Polish striker Lewandowski looking to replicate the form that saw him score five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in 2015. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will play along his wings, while Leon Goretzka and James Rodriguez will have to spark some creativity in the offence from their central midfield positions.
Thiago Alcantara sweeps through the middle of the pitch in a defensive role and will surely want to turn defence into attack to catch Wolfsburg’s defence coming forward. The back line will be boosted by the return of Jerome Boateng and David Alaba, who will also offer another option to speed down the wing and join the attack. Kovac will likely hold nothing back going forward, as being held scoreless for a third-straight match is not an option for the Reds.
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Labbadia will be without midfielders Josuha Guilavogui and Ignacio Camacho through injuries, while the newly signed Felix Klaus remains sidelined with an abdominal injury that has seen him miss out on the entire season so far.
Kovac has received good news ahead of the tie as Alaba, Goretzka and Boateng are all ready to feature once again after healing from various injuries. Rafinha has also resumed training with the first team, however it is unsure whether he is fully fit to play on Saturday.
The Reds remain without Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso, with the French midfield duo having missed the past month through injury. James Rodriguez only returned to Germany on Thursday night following a match for his native Colombia, but should be fresh enough to see action.
Both squads have been conceding to their opponents during the poor stretch of form over the past month, meaning that goals are likely in this fixture. Although Munich has been held without a strike in their last two league matches, Lewandowski loves to play against Wolfsburg and will be pressing to break a five game scoring drought.
The Wolves have scored 11 goals in their past five home matches and with Kovac surely focusing on pushing his squad forward, should be able to find a way through against a Bayern defence that is not as solid as its reputation suggests.
Our Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich betting tip is Both Teams to Score at 5/6 as we should see two teams desperate for a win hold nothing back in this encounter.
Published on: Oct 19, 2018 at 13:02
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