First of all, let's applaud Bayern for the thrashing they handed to Basel. They are through into the next round of the Champions League in style. They won their group on 15 points, five ahead of Roma. This campaign was their best ever group stage campaign in the European Cup.
Franck Ribery opened the scoring with a good shot after Diego Contento teed him up. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk then put Mario Gomez's headed pass into the back of the net. To top it all off, Ribery scored a third. He then celebrated with his cousin Mathieu. Mathieu already lost his brother and father before losing his mother about a month ago. He grew up with Franck and is currently living with him.
And now, it's time to head back to that dreaded league where that bully, Dortmund just won't stop scaring others away from the ugly salad bowl it has set its eyes on. Yep, it's the Bundesliga I am talking about. Bayern takes on St.Pauli this week. Holger Stanislawski decided to put some humour into the game. He said he would never sign Bastian Schweinsteiger as Schweini is too good for his side and he would become a poor player after playing for Pauli.
Fabian Boll and Stanislawski added that they will not be heading to the Allianz Arena to just swap shirts. However, as the end of the match, Bastian Oczipka might only be put out of his misery by swapping shirts with his Bayern namesake- Bayern's home form is the best in the league. They are top of the league table as far as home form is concerned, even ahead of Dortmund. What must be said is Dortmund has played one less home game than Bayern. At the fortress that is the Allianz Arena, Bayern has lost only once and that came against.....Dortmund.
Bayern lost to Schalke in their previous league game while St.Pauli beat Kaiserslautern thanks to a spectacular own goal by a very good player in Christian Tiffert. Bayern will have to do without Danijel Pranjic who is out for the year. Mario Gomez, meanwhile, came down with the flu and will thus not take any part. Miroslav Klose comes back into the squad but Louis Van Gaal will not give him the starting berth by any means. The last time Van Gaal tried to bring him back too early, he ended up injured for another three weeks.
Thomas Mueller will thus return to the position he played in his amateur days even though he prefers playing with a strike partner.Thus, his spot in midfield will most likely be given to the fit-again Hamit Altintop. St.Pauli rarely scores goals. Their top scorers all have two goals to their name. And thus. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will have all afternoon to score one more goal before the end of the year.
I almost forgot to mention- Van Buyten might start as the striker! Now, wouldn't that bring about a lot of laughter? Laughter is guaranteed at the Allianz Arena as Bayern will put up a bit of a show for their fans as this game is the last fixture of the year at home.
My prediction is that Bayern will run away with this game.
Final Score: Bayern 4-0 St.Pauli
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