Bayern Munich welcome Fortuna Dusseldorf to the Allianz Arena in a Bundesliga clash on Saturday. Die Bayern will be hoping to return to winning ways following their 3-2 defeat at the hands of Dortmund last time out.
Bayern, much to their dismay, currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga after an indifferent start to the campaign under new head coach
Fortuna Dusseldorf have their own problems to deal with – only goal difference separates them and the foot of the table. After winning promotion last year they were not expected to be much further up the league, but need to start picking up points sooner rather than later in order to avoid the drop.
How to Watch
|When Is Kick-Off?||Saturday 24 November|
|What Time Is Kick-Off?||14:30 (BST)|
|Where Is It Played?||Allianz Arena|
Bayern coach Niko Kovač has two new injury setbacks following the international break, James Rodriguez has been ruled out for ‘several weeks’ and will play no part in Saturday’s game.
Very alarming news from Kovač is that star striker Robert Lewandowski is a doubt to start after returning early from international duty with a knee injury, however he did return to training on Wednesday. The German champions will certainly also be without Thiago, Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso for Saturday’s fixture.
Dusseldorf are fortunate to not have the injury problems Saturday’s opponents are dealing with, their only doubt being midfielder Kevin Stöger who has recently picked up a knee injury. After winning only their second match of the season last time out in a surprise 4-1 victory over Hertha Berlin, they are expected to line-up similarly – although Benito Raman will be pushing for a start after scoring twice against Berlin coming off the bench.
|Bayern Munich||Neuer; Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba; Martinez ;Gnabry, Goretzka, Müller, Robben; Lewandowski|
|Fortuna Dusseldorf||Rensing; Zimmermann, Bormuth, Kaminski, Gießelmann; Zimmer, Bodzek, Stöger, Usami; Lukebakio, Hennings|Head to Head Record
Dusseldorf can take solace from the fact the two sides haven’t met for five years – so any recent memories have been dispelled. They have won ten of the 34 matches throughout history and will be hoping that they have caught Bayern at a good time to cause an upset.
Fortuna will be buoyed by winning only their second game of the campaign last time out against Hertha Berlin in some style 4-1. Consistency has been their big problem this season as prior to that match they had lost their last three, with an aggregate score of 13-1.
|Bayern Munich||Fortuna Dusseldorf|
|Dortmund 3-2 Bayern (10/11)||Dusseldorf 4-1 Hertha Berlin (10/11)|
|Bayern 2-0 AEK Athens (07/11)||Monchengladbach 3-0 Dusseldorf (04/11)|
|Bayern 1-1 Freiburg (03/11)||Ulm 1-5 Dusseldorf (30/10)|
|SV Rodinghausen 1-2 Bayern (30/10)||Dusseldorf 0-3 Wolfsburg (27/10)|
|Mainz 1-2 Bayern (27/10)||Frankfurt 7-1 Dusseldorf (19/10)|
Despite all of Bayern’s ongoing troubles, it is hard to look past them to get the victory here.
Playing at home against a newly promoted side, anything other than three points would be a major disappointment and would raise serious question marks about Niko Kovac’s position in charge.
If Lewandowski is fit enough to start, the German champions should have far too much for Fortuna on Saturday.