The games are starting to come thick and fast for the defending Bundesliga champions as Bayern Munich welcomes SC Freiburg to the Allianz Arena on Sunday. This will be the seventh game since the return from the international break on September 15th. Thankfully this will also be the team’s last match before the upcoming international break where we will get to see former Bayern manager Julian Nagglesman make his international managerial debut for the German national team.
Matchday six saw the Bavarian giants leave Red Bull Arena with a single point following the draw with RB Leipzig. After trailing 2-0 at the break, Bayern managed to salvage a point courtesy of goals from Harry Kane and Leroy Sane.
Bayern remained on the road during the midweek Champions League game. They travelled to Denmark to face FC Copenhagen. After once again falling behind 1-0, it was the Bayern young stars that helped in getting all three points to keep the team at the top of the Champions League Group A standings with six points. Jamal Musiala canceled out Copenhagen’s initial goal and Mathys Tel continued to find important goals late in games with an 83rd minute winner as the match finished 2-1.
Despite Manuel Neuer inching closer to his return as the starting goalkeeper for Bayern, Sven Ulreich will continue in the goal. While not having his best game against RB Leipzig, Ulreich did redeem himself a bit with a fantastic save late in both the Leipzig match and against Copenhagen on Tuesday.
Noussair Mazraoui did well against Copenhagen in the right-back position. The Moroccan may get the nod in this position on Sunday. Centrally, Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-jae will remain as the center-back pairing since Matthis de Ligt is ruled out for the match. Alphonso Davies will slot in the left-back position. The Canadian left-back has been in fine form this season so Raphael Guerreiro may have to wait for his first Bundesliga start in the left-back position.
As mentioned, Konrad Laimer did not have his best performance in Denmark on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Leon Goretzka struggled in Leipzig last weekend. At this point, you are just hoping that whoever starts next to Joshua Kimmich can deliver a solid performance. Leon Goretzka may get the nod, I’m also wondering if Tuchel goes with a finally fit Raphael Guerreiro, who made his first appearance in the 2nd half against Leipzig. In front of the midfield pivot, Jamala Musiala will start in the number ten position.
Leroy Sane showcased his top form last week by getting on the scoresheet with the equalizer vs Leipzig. He is really starting to strike up a great partnership with Harry Kane and Jamal Musiala. Sane will get the start on the right. Mathys Tel has twice came off the bench this season and saved the day for Thomas Tuchel and Bayern. I think it’s time to give the 18-year-old a start on the left, as Serge Gnabry is set to miss extended time and Kingsley Coman struggling to score. Centrally, Harry Kane will continue to lead the line.
"Predicted Starting XI Ulreich Mazraoui-Upamecano-Kim-Davies Goretzka-Kimmich Sane-Musiala-Tel Kane"