The biggest match of the weekend is almost here. Yes, Mainz vs Bayern Munich is going to rock the football world. What, El Clasico happens the very next day? It doesn’t matter. Who’s going to watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona when you can watch one of the classic fixtures of the Bundesliga calendar? I mean, what’s the point of a Clasico without Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo anyway? Watching Mainz-FCB will be a more satisfying experience, I guarantee it.
First, let’s cover injuries and suspensions. Kinglsey Coman is still working on a comeback from his ankle injury, and won’t be available until mid-November at the earliest. Corentin Tolisso tore his ACL and is probably out for the season. Franck Ribery will return to the squad after having recovered from his vertebral blockage, while Arjen Robben is suspended for the red card he received against Wolfsburg.
Niko Kovac once again faces the age-old question — “to rotate, or not to rotate?” James Rodriguez has now played five games in a row without rest, but he was subbed off at the hour mark against AEK Athens so he may be ready to go another round.
Thomas Müller and Jerome Boateng, both of whom have been benched these past two games, are due for a start, but it’s not known whether Kovac will give it to them. In his press conference, the coach noted that there was nothing wrong with the two players, and that everyone would get their chances in the upcoming games. Does that mean they’ll play against Mainz? We don’t know.
Anyway, here are our predicted lineups for Mainz vs Bayern Munich:
"The relationship between everyone here and the atmosphere in recent weeks has been very good. Success on the pitch is obviously important, so the last two wins have done us some good. I see how ready my team are to fight for 90 minutes again tomorrow." #MiaSanMia #FCBayern pic.twitter.com/puIHn8jGiw— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) October 26, 2018