Bayern Munich have been on excellent form of late. After pulling Schalke apart to such frightening precision last weekend, Pep Guardiola's side took on high-flying Hannover in the DFB-Pokal cup and once again disposed of their opponents with relative ease.
This weekend, the Bavarian champions turn to Wolfsburg with their new prey in sight.
As Bayern continue to grow and mould into the shape of their new commander-in-chief, there has been a notable acceleration in their impatience for anything but victory. As Guardiola welcomes back Mario Gotze to the squad following a recent injury, it would seem as though they're set on continuing that trend.
The Wolves, who have also enjoyed a relatively impressive start to the new season, currently lie in sixth position. In a hard-fought victory over Hoffenheim at the Volkswagen Arena, Ivica Olic grabbed a brace and secured all three points for his side.
Dieter Hecking's side will take a great boost in the knowledge that Luiz Gustavo is returning to the side this weekend just in time to face the club and manager that deemed him surplus to requirement. However, tricky Brazilian winger Vieirinha, one of the club's standout players this season, picked up a nasty injury in Tuesday's cup win over Aalen and is likely to be out until after the new year.
Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: 14:30 GMT (9:30 a.m. ET)
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Watch: Not available on British television. Available in United States on Gol TV from 9am ET.
Bayern player to watch: Bastian Schweinsteiger
Although the German international was only expected to play a minor part in last weekend's game against Schalke on his return from injury, the Bayern vice-captain ended up playing a full 78 minutes. During that time, he scored the opening goal and created two key passes that led to two more goals for his side, confirming his obvious importance to the side. This weekend, he will be fully fit and expecting to repeat the performance against Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg player to watch: Luiz Gustavo
One player who may be able to curb such a trend is of course Luiz Gustavo, the surprise summer signing and the best player in this current Wolfsburg side. Although he hasn't had the best start to his career at the club with two red cards in three games, it would seem foolish to expect anything but an industrial and confident performance from the Brazilian, who hopes to prove himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
In the past six encounters between these two sides, Bayern Munich have won each and every game with a goal difference of plus-14, making this fixture something of a foregone conclusion.
Another stat that will come as disturbing news to any neutral or Wolfsburg fan is that that the club have yet to win an away match this season, losing to Hannover, Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen. While they are three good sides, they are nowhere near as good as Bayern will be at the Allianz Arena this coming Saturday.
Yet Hecking has Wolfsburg playing well, and with nine points from their first six games, the club and its supporters can travel to Munich knowing that their side are in a relatively comfortable position for the first time in recent memory. If an unexpected win over dominant Bayern is to come from the Wolves, now may be the most appropriate time, as the club finally begin to look forward.
Final Score: Bayern Munich 3-0 VfL Wolfsburg
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