The Bundesliga is back, and it’s yet another matchday where Bayern Munich will be looking to clinch top spot. Niko Kovac faces his former team Eintracht Frankfurt, who come into the game on the back of a tight win over FC St. Pauli in the DFB Pokal. Let’s hope the Bavarians aren’t too tired out by their midweek shenanigans, because the Eagles can cause them a lot of problems.
Good news — we only have three injuries this week. Bad news — two of them are Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule, our two starting center backs, and they will be out for the rest of 2019 (and in Sule’s case, the rest of the season). Joining them on the injury list is Jann-Fiete Arp, who is recovering from a hand injury.
So, how will the team line up? Robert Lewandowski didn’t get any rest against Bochum in midweek, but he will be expected to start up top as he’s the team’s only reliable goalscorer. Flanking him will be Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman — Kovac is unlikely to start Ivan Perisic in a tough game like this. Whether Thomas Muller or Philippe Coutinho will start at attacking midfield is anyone’s guess. Despite the fact that Muller scored against Bochum, Kovac has made it abundantly clear with his selections that his preferences lie with the Brazilian. We’ll have to wait and see for this one.
In midfield, expect a dual pivot of Thiago Alcantara and Corentin Tolisso. Leon Goretzka was clearly not as fit as we thought, judging by his performance against Bochum, and it’s unlikely that Javi Martinez will play such a big game given his long absence from the lineup.
Finally, in defense, we are likely to see the return of David Alaba, replacing Alphonso Davies at left back. Davies performed admirably in his two latest starts, but his own goal against Bochum might make Kovac think twice about starting him against Frankfurt. Otherwise, the lineup selects itself — Jerome Boateng and Benjamin Pavard will play center back, and Joshua Kimmich will be at right back.
With that out of the way, here’s how we think Bayern Munich will line up against Eintracht Frankfurt: