Bayern Munich’s quest for their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title resumes after the enforced break when they travel to Berlin to take on this season’s surprise package Union Berlin on Sunday.
Top flight newcomers Union Berlin have exceeded all expectations after many pundits had predicted they would be immediate relegation candidates. They have become a favourite among football fans after defying the odds to and shown that they do indeed deserve a seat on the table of men. They currently sit on 11th place on the log with an impressive return of 30 points. They had lost their last two matches, including one in the German Cup before the season was postponed.
Die Eisernen will be hoping to claim the scalp of another giant at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei to add onto an impressive tally thus far into the season which included Dortmund who they beat 3-1 at the very beginning of the season and none come bigger than Bayern Munich who they host at the capital on Sunday evening. The reverse fixture at the Allianz Arena ended 2-1 in favor of Bayern Munich in a game that, although Bayern dominated for large spells, Union Berlin conjured up a few opportunities, missed a second-half penalty and were unlucky not to steal a point.
It is their performances at home however that have them sitting in mid-table. The Berlin outfit has won five of their last eight Bundesliga home games. Their defence has however been shaky in the last few games prior to the break. They conceded at least three goals in four of their last eight league games with their last two games being identical 3-1 losses to Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen in the league and German Cup respectively.
Coach Urs Fischer is sweating on the fitness of Sweden striker Sebastian Andersson who is coming off a knee injury. He has been the difference-maker for Union leading the club with 14 goals to his credit. Defender Marvin Friedrich is unavailable for selection after picking a red card against Freiburg just before the break. Florian Hubner is expected to take up his place.
After a slow start, Bayern have continued to reassert their dominance since parting ways with former coach Niko Kovac in November. Hansi Flick has impressed so much and he was substantively confirmed in his position during this break. Since taking up the job on an interim basis, Bayern have won 18 of 21 competitive matches and his confirmation, therefore, came as little surprise. Bayern are sitting at the apex of the league and have a 4-point cushion over second-placed Borussia Dortmund and with 9 games to go every point is critical with Dortmund and RB Leipzig waiting to capitalise on any potential slip-ups by the defending champions. The reigning champions have taken 31 points from their last 11 league games, only dropping points in a draw with RB Leipzig. In that time, they have scored 38, conceded six and kept six clean sheets.
They have been absolutely scorching the scoring charts this season. They are easily the most potent attacking force in all the major leagues in Europe having put in 73 goals at the back of the net and even more impressively, they have allowed the fewest with 26. Ominously for Union Berlin though, Bayern’s leading striker Robert Lewandowski who has found the back of the net a league-leading 25 times this season has recovered from a knee injury he suffered in the Champions League against Chelsea.
Whilst the enforced break may affect the rhythm and momentum for some teams, Bayern’s experience at the top level and the calibre of players at their disposal works in their favour as they train their guns on the run-in for the title.
Bayern had seemingly engaged the fifth gear prior to the break. They were literally crashing opponents home and away in a historic run that included being the first Bundesliga club in history to score at least three goals in five away games in a row. Based on the quality they possess, for our first betting tip, we are backing Bayern to make it five Bundesliga away wins in a row by winning this game at halftime and fulltime i.e HT/FT Bayern/Bayern @ 1.67 with Betway betting app who have the best odds for this option.
If there is one player that has probably benefited the most from this extended break, it has to be Bayern’s leading marksman Robert Lewandowski. He picked up a knee injury in the 3-0 away win at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge and was initially ruled out for four weeks. He missed their final three games prior to the break and they still won comfortably without him. He has made a full recovery and is going to get the nod to lead the lines. Bet9ja betting app are offering a price of 1.55 for Robert Lewandowski Anytime to score anytime and we are backing it as our final Union Berlin v Bayern Munich betting prediction.
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