FC Bayern vs Wolfsburg Game Review and FC Bayern vs Hamburger SV Match Preview
Bayern Munich put in a rather lethargic display against Wolfsburg.
Jupp Heynckes' line up was quite different from the one that started against Gladbach.
The back four consisted of four players that fans have wanted to see line up together for a while now: Rafinha, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Captain Philipp Lahm. The defence held out the Wolfsburg attack well, and Bayern was never seriously threatened throughout the entire match.
Heynckes decided to field all his five midfield big guns together, however this only reminded everyone that great players do not necessarily gel with each other well.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos lined up next to each other while Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller and Franck Ribery formed the attacking midfield trio, with Mario Gomez set as usual as the main striker.
During the first half, it felt that Bayern was never going to even score, considering just how toothless their attack looked.
In the second half though, they broke the deadlock via their 'lifeline' of Gomez. A Kroos free-kick found Gomez in the box who sent the ball into the back of the net.
A 1-0 score-line would have justified both sides. Bayern however scored a second in the dying minutes of the game almost accidentally.
Ivica Olic lobbed Diego Benaglio the ball, but had his effort cleared off the line by Ricardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez's clearance deflected off of an on-rushing Robben and the ball went across the line. The result meant that Bayern remained on top despite wins by Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Gladbach on goal difference.
Next, Bayern heads to their former bogey team HSV's home ground. Hamburger SV has in their last two matches, been a "punching bag" for Bayern's frustrations.
Bayern beat them 6-0 in the previous season, when Robben scored a hat-trick, with Ribery and Mueller also getting on the score-sheet. Heiko Westermann scored an own goal to pile more misery on his team.
This season, the meeting at the Allianz Arena ended 5-0, as five different players scored: Ribery, Robben, Gomez, Daniel Van Buyten and Olic.
Olic is looking forward to a return to the arena where he is perhaps still regarded as a hero. Van Buyten will not play any part in the match due to the injury he sustained against Gladbach.
The match will see former Bayern player Thorsten Fink return to play against his club. The fans love him and will welcome him with open arms. He might even be a future coach of Bayern considering his achievements at Basel and his connections with Bayern.
So, who do you think will win?
While Hamburg these days are a tough nut to crack, and they did beat Hertha 1-2 in their last match, I think Bayern will just about see this one out:
HSV 1-2 Bayern
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