Bayern Munich welcomes Werder Bremen with Julian Nagelsmann’s sights set on a fifth consecutive league victory.
Bayern Munich is on a roll, having won 10 of their past 11 games across all competitions. Julian Nagelsmann is aiming for his fifth straight Bundesliga victory against Werder Bremen. Hertha Berlin gave Bayern Munich a fright on Saturday, but the league leaders rallied back to win 3-2.
Eric Choupo Moting scored for the seventh straight game and bagged a brace to add to Jamal Musiala’s opener against Hertha. The opposition battled back through a goal from Dodi Lukebakio and a penalty from Davie Selke. Yet, the Bavarians held their ground and saw through to the finish line.
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Nagelsmann hopes his side does not repeat that performance, as he wants to finish the Bundesliga season before the World Cup break. Over the weekend, they went ahead to the summit of the Bundesliga after previous leaders Union Berlin suffered a surprising 5-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.
Werder Bremen come to the Allianz Arena seeking to maintain their winning run. Werner’s side has won their previous two games and is looking for a third. However, the road ahead is tough with Bayern Munich in their way, but the newly promoted team will give their all.
A morale-boosting win over fellow newcomers Schalke 04 will go a long way in instilling belief. Moreover, the win was necessary for Werner’s men after they finished behind them in the second tier last season. They will certainly hope for a positive result against Bayern, as it could boost their quest for a finish in European places.
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Alphonso Davies suffered a muscle tear at the weekend, which puts his World Cup in doubt. In any case, he will not feature for Bayern until after the Qatar tournament. Nagelsmann may resort to Lucas Hernandez filling in for the Canadian at left-back after the Frenchman returned from his injury problem at the weekend.
Matthijs de Ligt is also expected to be absent with a knee issue, and Bayern are unlikely to risk him before the World Cup. Similarly, Nagelsmann will not take a chance on the fitness of Thomas Muller, who is joined by Josip Stanisic and Bouna Sarr on the sidelines.
Manuel Neuer is expected to be fit for the Bremen clash, while Leroy Sane is pushing for a start. Musiala could continue in Muller’s role behind the striker, while Choupo-Moting will likely remain in the lead forward role.
Sane may have to be on the bench against Bremen as Nagelsmann is likely to go ahead with Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mane on either wing.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1) – Neuer; Mazraoui, Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Musiala, Mane; Chupo-Moting