Preview: FC Bayern München v VfL Wolfsburg

FC Bayern München will be targeting a thrid straight victory in the Bundesliga when they welcome a struggling VfL Wolfsburg to the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon.

10 December 2016
Game week 14
Kickoff: 22:30 HKT
Venue: Allianz Arena

Referee: S. Stegemann
Assistants: C. Fischer, S. Storks
Fourth official: A. Blos

Head-to-head summary:

Bayern      43      33  5    5
Wolfsburg   43      5   5    33

Previous encounter:

Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern Munich (27/02/16) Bundesliga
(Kingsley Coman ’66, Robert Lewandowski ’74)

Players to watch:

Robert Lewandowski will no doubt be the man that everyone will be keeping an eye on this Saturday. The Poland international is enjoying yet another prolific campaign for the German Champions, although it will be his five goal performance against Wolfsburg last season that nobody will have forgotten.

After bagging a quintuple in a breathless nine-minute spell, the 28-year-old set a new Bundesliga record. Bayern’s star striker will be hungry for more goals when he takes on a Wolfsburg side that are low on confidence.

With few bright spots in a season that has seen Wolves win just twice in 13 matches, it will likely be Mario Gomez who feels he has much to prove when he returns to the Allianz Arena.

The 31-year-old scored over 100 goals for Bayern in a four-year period, but he has failed to fire since he returned to the Bundesliga after spells in Italy and Turkey.

Gomez has just three strikes to his name in the league for the visitors and will undoubtedly want to prove himself to his old team.

Team form and manager quotes:

After some uncertain form during his time in charge, manager Carlo Ancelotti has taken a lot of confidence from the club’s recent 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.

He believes the performance against a strong Spanish outfit will give his team a boost in future games, including against Wolfsburg on the weekend. He told reporters: “We played well over 90 minutes, controlled the match and dominated possession. We controlled Atletico’s counter-attacks.

“This performance gives us lots of confidence for our next matches.”

Meanwhile, Wolves boss Valerien Ismael is under no illusions about the task facing his team on Saturday. However, Ismael, who has picked up four league points since taking over from Dieter Hecking as head coach in October, feels his squad believe in each other.

The Frenchman told the club’s official website: “I can sense the faith the team have in me and I have every faith in them too. At the moment we are in something of a result-related crisis and that’s something we are working on.”

Team news:

Jerome Boateng is available for the home team after recently returning to full training following a shoulder injury. Mats Hummels appears doubtful after suffering an illness which forced him to miss a training session this week.

For the team from Lower Saxony, Paul Seguin and Maximilian Arnold are suspended. Like Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg have virtually a full-strength squad available, with Ismail Azzaoui the only long-term absentee with a serious knee injury.

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