Bundesliga Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg

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Updated: August 14, 2014
Muller and Lahm

Match Date: 23 August 2014 (local)

Match venue: Allianz Arena

(Featured image: Bayern Munich | Source: ESPN)

 

The defending champions, Bayern Munich, will try to kick off their new campaign in high colors by defeating Wolfsburg. The last time these sides met, the former handily dominated the scoring. Will the same result decorate this fixture?

 

Bayern Munich

The home squad had a genuine chance last season at becoming the very first squad in Bundesliga history to complete an entire campaign without a defeat, but mishaps on decision making eventually spoiled this opportunity and Bayern ended the season with two upsets. Still, they managed to secure—rather easily—the top spot. The side earned 90 points overall, 19 points clear of their nearest rivals. At the UEFA Champions League, however, they only reached the semi-finals, eliminated from the competition by Real Madrid 5-0.

 

Post-season, Pep Guardiola’s men had a mix of impressive and frustrating results. They were winners against Dortmund in the DFB Pokal 0-2, against M’gladbach and Guadalajara in club friendlies, as well as rendered even by MSV Duisburg in an exhibition. In their two most recent matches, however, Bayern incurred back-to-back defeats. They were beaten by the MLS All Star Team at the Hybrid Friendlies 2-1, and succumbed to Die Borussen in the German Super Cup.

 

Wolfsburg

Finishing in fifth place last season, Wolfsburg obtained berth for the UEFA Europa League group stage. As suggested by their finish, the side had a generally good season. They won 18 times out of 34 appearances, as well as forced a draw against their rivals six times. However, they also posted losses 10 times throughout the tournament and conceded a total of 50 goals. A good attack, nevertheless, provided them enough innings to record a final goal difference of +13.

 

In their recent pre-season friendlies, Die Wolfe failed to make significant spectacles. They were winless in the entirety of their three-match streak, drawing only once and losing twice. Bochum, Cardiff City, and Atletico Madrid collectively scored 11 goals against Dieter Hecking’s squad while the latter only netted five.

 

Football betting tip: In spite of their recent misfortunes, Bayern Munich could still bag all the marbles against Wolfsburg. It will be a good season opener for the Guardiola side.