Update — Saturday 2nd December 2023, 3:15AM ET: Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin could be canceled due to snow
Massive snowfall in Munich this weekend, the stadium and surrounding grounds have been covered and trains/flights to the city have been canceled. According to Bild reporter Tobias Altschäffl (via Twitter) the game is close to being canceled, a decision will be announced shortly.
With Xabi Alonso and Bayer Leverkusen still looking nigh-unstoppable, Bayern Munich need to keep up a perfect record or else things could get rather dicey in the second half of the season. To do this they need to pick up decisive wins against teams in the lower half, and this upcoming game against Union Berlin is just such an opportunity.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we said about the game against Köln last week, and it turned out to be much closer than that. Will it be returning players who make the difference?
Aside from Matthis de Ligt, Thomas Tuchel says that he has almost his entire squad available. It’s difficult to say whether everyone is fully fit, but at least Noussair Mazraoui and Kim Min-jae should be available to start.
Only two names, however, are guaranteed. First is Harry Kane, for obvious reasons. Second is Leroy Sané, because it sometimes feels like Bayern Munich are unable to create a chance without him. Thomas Müller may get one last starting opportunity before being relegated to the bench, as Jamal Musiala is back from his injury. In the final lineup spot, Kingsley Coman may be the preferred choice, given Tuchel’s reluctance to use Serge Gnabry since his return from injury.
Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka are the obvious candidates in midfield, leaving the defense open to a backline duo of Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-jae. Noussair Mazraoui could reprise his starting role ahead of Konrad Laimer at right-back, with Alphonso Davies getting the nod at left-back. With Manuel Neuer between the sticks, you get a lineup that looks a bit like this:
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