The first match after the international break and the beginning of having to play a match every 3 days regularly. Jupp Heynckes and the team are waiting for Papiss Cisse and the other guys (the media never told me about other Freiburg players, do they exist?). Here’s a (short) preview.
It’s been a long time since Bayern conceded a goal (try to write that, it feels very weird, almost wrong) and now it’s time to face one of the league’s most dangerous strikers. Who will stop him?
I expect Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber to start since Daniel van Buyten was injured until a few days ago. You of course never know what Heynckes plans, especially with the first CL match against Villarreal coming up it would be a surprise to see the arguably best lineup (without Arjen Robben) start. But what would not be a surprise? Manuel Neuer will play, so will Lahm. Van Buyten was injured and Breno isn’t 100% fit yet (but finally close to that again) so having Boateng, Badstuber and Rafinha start makes by far the most sense. In midfield, I expect Anatoliy Tymoshchuk to play alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger. Luiz Gustavo is probably gonna have to wait for the CL match. Ribery/Kroos/Müller should be expected, Mario Gomez is fit again and ready to score again (although this would be a good situation to give Nils Petersen a chance because, with all due respect, Freiburg’s defense is one of the worst Bayern will have to face this year).
Lots of speculation, this is very different from last season under Louis van Gaal when only two positions (right center back and central midfielder) couldn’t be predicted days before the match.
Freiburg’s lineup could be either a 4-2-3-1 or, and this is what I expect, a 4-1-4-1. Marcus Sorg can more or less field his best lineup (Heiko Butscher is injured), this is what it might look like:
Mujdza – Barth – Krmas – Bastians
Reisinger – Flum – Makiadi – Abdessadki
If Sorg uses a 4-2-3-1 like he did in Freiburg’s last BL match, a win against Wolfsburg, there will be different midfielders. Similar to Bayern, the lineup can only be speculated at this point.
I wanna spare you from any Gomez-Cisse comparisons. A win would be very nice, nobody wants to lose that nice league position after one match. Freiburg’s squad is more rested, whether that’s a good or bad thing remains to be found out. Enjoy a hopefully entertaining and successful match that will be refereed by Tobias Welz who is a living guarantee for yellow cards. Another reason to not let Luiz Gustavo play.