Bayern remain in the driver’s seat in the title race as they go on the hunt for an eighth successive title. They returned to action last weekend with a slightly rusty but still convincing 2-0 win over Union Berlin with goals from their leading marksman Robert Lewandowski and Benjamin Pavard. The victory extended their unbeaten streak to 12 Bundesliga games, which includes 11 wins, and they return to the Allianz Arena brimming with confidence. The Bavarian giants have totally transformed their season since Hansi Flick replaced Niko Kovac in November. Bayern were teetering in an unfamiliar seventh position after 14 matches, but an astonishing unbeaten run has seen them clawing back to the top of the log where they now hold a four-point cushion over second-placed challengers Borussia Dortmund. All factors constant this weekend, with Dortmund taking on Wolfsburg elsewhere on Saturday, next week’s Der Klassiker could be the most important match of the season yet.
The Allianz Arena is always packed to capacity on every match day. And the atmosphere has always been intimidating for visiting teams. With no fans, this will certainly have a different feel to it and the champions will be walking in unchartered waters. Nevertheless, with the run they are on, that is unlikely to be much of a factor. They have an impressive record against Frankfurt. The reverse 5-1 defeat in November is their only defeat in 17 league encounters, with Bayern winning 13. Perhaps more ominously for their rivals, it’s now five games without conceding a goal in all competitions (four of them on the road) and they have racked up four clean sheets in their last five home league matches.
The back four of Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies is amongst the strongest in Europe, let alone the Bundesliga, and they look likely to lead the Bavarian giants to a 30th league title this term. Even without the injured on-loan Philippe Coutinho, Bayern still look lethal going forward and after bagging a penalty at the weekend, Lewandowski is now on 26 league goals this season to lead the league in scoring.
Frankfurt famously beat Bayern 5-1 in the reverse fixture earlier this season – a shock result that led to Kovac’s sacking, and ultimately the Bavarians’ turnaround. That now seems like a long time ago as Adi Hutter’s side have faded into oblivion and now look like a pale shadow of the team that reached the Europa League semi-finals last season. From such a glorious season, they are now staring at a relegation battle. Frankfurt’s losing streak continued last weekend after the long break as they lost 3-1 at home to Borussia Monchengladbach to make it a 4th consecutive defeat which saw them slipping down to 13th place in the table just five points above Fortuna Dusseldorf who occupy the relegation play-off place in 16th. In these four consecutive defeats, they have conceded 13 goals and scored just two.
Defence is clearly an issue for the coach to address, particularly in their away games. They have the worst away record in the league with just two wins from their 12 league matches on the road, losing nine, including 4-0 whoopings away to top-five sides Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen in the last 4 games. They have also lost each of their last 10 league trips to the Allianz Arena and the schedule doesn’t look any easier for Frankfurt with games against European hopefuls Freiburg and Wolfsburg following this visit to the Alliance Arena.
Coach Hutter has some injury worries. Centre-forward Goncalo Paciencia has been ruled out with a thigh injury while Dominik Kohr is suspended. However, Timothy Chandler is in contention to start this weekend’s match, while Bas Dost also expected to be in the lineup after he got a full game runout in the loss to Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend.
Revenge will most certainly be on Bayern’s Munich’s minds when they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The Bundesliga giants were embarrassed 5-1 in the reverse fixture in November albeit partly due to Jerome Boateng’s ninth-minute red card. That game marked Bayern’s turning point as a change of coach and a run of impressive results has seen them rise to the top of the league. On the contrary, Frankfurt have been on the opposite trajectory and are dangerously teetering towards relegation. We are confident that Bayern will get the job done here and are going with Bayern to win both halves @ 1.97 as our first betting tip.
Bayern’s defence has also been outstanding in this terrific run. They have kept a clean sheet four of their last five home games and we can see them keeping another one here. Frankfurt haven’t provided much attacking threat, particularly on their travels. They suffered back to back 4-0 defeats at top sides Leverkusen and Dortmund in their last 4 games. With Bayern keen not to show any chinks in their armour ahead of the much-anticipated Der Klassiker, we are backing Bayern to keep a clean sheet @ 2.03 as our next betting tip for this game.
Bayern’s League-leading scorer Robert Lewandowski used the two-month hiatus to fully recover from his knee injury and he scored on his return last weekend. Lewandowski scored a hat-trick when the two teams met in the 2018 Super Cup and, with a week under his belt following the break, and the form he is in, Bet9ja betting app‘s price of 2.08 for Lewandowski to score 2+ goals, though risky, certainly looks like good value and we are running with it for our final betting tip for this game.
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