The Bundesliga is back! With Borussia Dortmund losing to Stuttgart and RB Leipzig taking on Bayer Leverkusen away from home, Bayern Munich have a golden opportunity to consolidate their lead at the top of the Bundesliga, which currently stands at 4 points.
Coach Jupp Heynckes will be without the services of Manuel Neuer, Franck Ribery, Thiago Alcantara, and Thomas Muller. Sven Ulriech is expected to start in goal, but in front of him both Jerome Boateng and David Alaba remain doubtful to start. Juan Bernat has returned to the squad after an injury sustained during the preseason - he could have his first start of the season in case Alaba isn’t completely fit.
In attack, Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben come into the game well rested over the course of the international break. Kingsley Coman and James Rodriguez are both expected to be on the XI. In midfield, there is a question of who will partner Javi Martinez in Thiago’s absence - both Sebastian Rudy and Arturo Vidal are in contention for a spot, but Corentin Tolisso could also get the nod as well.
All in all, despite the injuries Jupp Heynckes finds himself in a comfortable position. The Bavarians will expect all three points on the day.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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