Bayern Munich: Three things to watch for in trip to Wolfsburg

Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich will travel to Wolfsburg for their 29th match of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season. Die Roten exited the UEFA Champions League in mid-week action against Paris Saint-Germain as they were eliminated on away goals.

As a result, they will now be turning their full attention to the conclusion of the Bundesliga season. They will be looking to bounce back from the Champions League exit against a Wolfsburg side that enters this weekend in third place in the German top flight. Here are three things to watch for ahead of Saturday’s match.

Wolfsburg’s impressive defensive record has continued

Wolfsburg has continued to be one of the top defensive clubs in the Bundesliga. They have conceded the second-fewest goals in the league with 26 goals allowed in 28 matches. When it comes to clean sheets, they are tied for the most in the league with 13.

All-in-all, Wolfsburg’s backline has been one of the key reasons why they appear headed towards Champions League qualification. Even when they concede a lot of chances, the defensive organization helps them to make sure that the ball doesn’t end up in the net.

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While Die Roten was able to score two goals against Wolfsburg in their first meeting of the season, they will be without the scorer of those two goals on Saturday. Due to Robert Lewandowski‘s absence, it could be a struggle for Bayern to score in this match as they have scored just one goal in each of the first two Bundesliga fixtures without their star striker in the lineup.

Wolfsburg will provide a stern test for Bayern’s attacking unit and they could limit the number of opportunities that the away side is able to generate. For this reason, Rekordmeister will need to take advantage of the opportunities that come their way as there’s a possibility there won’t be an abundance of scoring chances in this match.

A difficult place to win

The Volkswagen Arena has not been an easy place to record victories. Wolfsburg has yet to lose a match at home this season with nine wins and four draws coming from 13 home matches. Impressively, only five of their 13 home fixtures have seen Wolfsburg conceded goals. This strong home record will certainly be something to watch for entering this match as a Bayern victory would be the first time Wolfsburg lose a match at home this season.

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Muller looks to continue producing assists

Thomas Muller has been in fantastic form recently when it comes to creating goals for Bayern. The attacking midfielder has registered seven assists in his last seven league appearances. With his 16 assists leading the Bundesliga, he will be a key player for Bayern on Saturday as they look to get past Wolfsburg’s strong defensive unit. If there’s one player who can break down the Wolfsburg backline it will likely be Muller who gets the job done.