The winter break is finally over. After a month of suffering without any meaningful games, Bayern Munich fans can look forward to seeing their beloved club back in action. Unfortunately, the game is against Hertha Berlin, who have a track record of making games difficult. Niko Kovac tripped up on this fixture in the Hinrunde, and now Hansi Flick has the task of besting a resurgent Hertha with a depleted squad. How will he fare?
Bayern come into the game with a plethora of absentees. Niklas Süle is out for the season with a torn ACL. Lucas Hernandez still isn’t 100% following the ankle injury he suffered back in October. Kingsley Coman is still recovering from his own capsular ligament injury suffered in December — and he has a cold (poor guy). Javi Martinez has a torn hamstring. And finally, Joshua Kimmich is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
On the bright side, both Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry are fit and ready to go. Lewy is sure to lead the line, with Thomas Müller likely behind him. Whether or not Gnabry plays is up to the coach, but Hansi Flick seemed confident in his press conferences that Gnabry was ready. Ivan Perisic or Philippe Coutinho could play on the left wing, and we hope it’s the Brazilian who gets the nod.
In midfield, with Kimmich suspended, it’s the perfect opportunity for Thiago Alcantara to show his worth with a dominant performance. The Spaniard will likely be paired with one of either Leon Goretzka or Corentin Tolisso, and Flick will call upon him to stamp his authority on the game like he used to last season.
In defense, it’s the usual story. Alphonso Davies will start at left-back, while David Alaba and Jerome Boateng will pair up in central defense. Benjamin Pavard rounds out the lineup at right-back, while Manuel Neuer keeps goal and captains the squad.
Here’s how we think Bayern might line up tomorrow: