Kickoff: Hi, we’re really short-handed today so if you want live updates, check out our comments section! Sorry about that, it’s just for today. Normal service will be resumed by Saturday.
One hour before kickoff: Looks like Leon Goretzka is fit, while Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich get some rest.
Bayern Munich finally return to domestic cup action as they face SV Rodinghausen in the DFB Pokal. Niko Kovac says that the most important thing is to advance to the next round, which he should know all about, considering he won the competition last season (but we’re totally not salty about that or anything).
Now, as far as the squad is concerned, we did a detailed write-up here, but here’s the gist of it: Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso, Mats Hummels, and Arjen Robben are injured, James Rodriguez has a cold, Sven Ulreich’s wife is having a baby, and Jerome Boateng has stomach problems. Leon Goretzka is doubtful because of an ankle injury he sustained against Mainz.
Four Bayern youngsters have been called up — Christian Fruchtl (goalkeeper), Wooyeong Jeong (winger), Meritan Shabani (attacking midfielder), and Paul Will (defensive midfielder). While it’s unlikely that any of them will see a start, they could see some time on the pitch if Bayern take an early lead. However, our last game against a 4th tier side didn’t go so well — remember Drochtersen/Assel i.e. the Atletico Madrid of the Regionalliga? Let’s hope this game is less stressful than that one.
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