The Bundesliga is set for an exciting finale as the title winner will be decided on Saturday. Bayern Munich still has a chance of retaining the league title, but they will need a favour from Mainz against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.
Die Roten will also have to do their job of getting three points away at FC Koln. The Bavarian club has endured a difficult campaign across all competitions, but they still have a chance of ending the season on a high. Let us look at the possible starting XI for Bayern on Saturday as they travel away to FC Koln.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will be part of the matchday squad on Saturday. The 34-year-old striker has recovered from a minor injury that has troubled him in the past few weeks. It remains to be seen if Thomas Tuchel will hand him a start against Koln.
Meanwhile, Alphonso Davies has failed to recover completely from a hamstring injury. The Canadian left-back has been on the sidelines since the defeat against Mainz in April. Lucas Hernandez has started training with the first team, but the game against Koln comes too early for the French defender. Manuel Neuer has also been ruled out for the final game of the season.
Predicted Starting XI
Yann Sommer is expected to start in the goal against FC Koln. The Swiss goalkeeper has been a hit-and-miss for Bayern in the last four months. The game against Koln could be his last since he has been heavily linked with a move away from Bavaria. Sommer will look to end his time at the club with a clean sheet.
There are unlikely to be any changes in the back four from Thomas Tuchel despite the defeat against RB Leipzig. Noussair Mazraoui and Joao Cancelo will continue in the full-back positions. It could be the last game at Bayern for Cancelo as his loan move is unlikely to be made permanent. Benjamin Pavard and Matthijs de Ligt will start in the heart of the defense, while Dayot Upamecano will have to be content with a place on the bench.
Tuchel may stick with an attacking setup in the center of the park. Joshua Kimmich will occupy the number six position in front of the defense. Thomas Muller and Leon Goretzka are expected to play in the number ten positions against Koln.
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Serge Gnabry has been in fine goalscoring form in the past few weeks. The German forward is likely to start in the number nine role, while Choupo-Moting will start from the bench since he is returning from an injury. Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman will occupy the flanks in the final game of the season.