As Europe reels from the impact of the coronavirus, one brave (or stupid) league decides to play matches regardless. With the DFL making the decision to suspend all league games from next Tuesday onward, tomorrow will probably be the last time we get to see our beloved Bayern Munich in action for the foreseeable future.
Hopefully Hansi and the boys can pull together a memorable performance, and the team can go into the coronavirus break on a high.
Here’s a quick rundown of the injuries:
- Robert Lewandowski is still recovering from the knee injury he got against Chelsea.
- Ivan Perisic is sidelined with a fractured ankle and a few weeks away from making a comeback.
- Niklas Sule is still in rehab for the ACL injury he suffered earlier in the season.
- Thiago Alcantara missed training due to the flu and probably won’t feature.
- Javi Martinez and Kingsley Coman are back with the squad and ready to play.
So how will Bayern Munich line up? Well, there’s probably not going to be too many surprises. Expect Joshua Zirkzee (our king) to line up up-top, supported by Thomas Muller in attacking midfield. There’s a decent chance that Kingsley Coman may return to the lineup, so maybe we’ll be able to enjoy a full game of him and Serge Gnabry bombing down Bayern’s flanks.
In midfield, Leon Goretzka is expected to come in for Thiago, and while Joshua Kimmich will probably reprise his usual role. Even in an empty stadium, Union Berlin are no pushovers — they’ll probably try to press Bayern’s midfield and force turnovers, so the midfield will need to be on point once again.
In defense, there probably won’t be any chances. Alphonso Davies and Benjamin Pavard will start at left back and right back respectively, with David Alaba and the newly-rejuvenated Jerome Boateng taking their places in central defense.
Here’s how we think the players might line up:
The game has been postponed. More info here.