Match Preview: Bayern Munchen VS FC Nürnberg

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Updated: August 22, 2013
Eintracht Frankfurt v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga

 

Bavarians Secure Third Consecutive Wins

 

Match Date: 24 August 2013 (local time)

Venue: Allianz Arena

 

Bayern Munchen

Compared to its match against Bayer Leverkusen, the Bavarians were in more control when they clinched a 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

 

The triumph landed the club into the ranking’s top three with 6 points alongside with arch rivals Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. So far, Pep Guardiola has managed to continue the squad’s winning streak with his preferred 4-1-4-1 and interchanging it with 4-5-1.

 

A slight change in the club’s starting XI saw the entry of Xherdan Shaqiri for Arjen Robben. Likewise, Thiago Alcantara was seen on the field after recovering from an injury. There is a high possibility that former Borussia Dortmund star player, Mario Goetze, will play for the Bavarians in the next match.

 

FC Nurnberg

Der Club avoided a possible Hertha Berlin thrashing that ended the match in a nerve-wrecking stalemate (2-2).

 

In the dying seconds of the match, Hiroshi Kiyotake’s free kick, salvaged the team from an impending lost. Collecting 2 points, the club sits comfortably on the 11th spot. This is the second time that Der Club has forced a draw and still on the verge of bagging its first win in Germany’s top-flight league.

 

Despite their satisfactory performance, the draw never fails to disappoint the club. Failing to exploit their home-court advantage, the scenario began to invite questions and issues regarding the squad’s form.

 

Bundesliga betting tips: Bayern—the stronger side

Playing in their own territory, Bayern holds the above-mentioned home court advantage when the two meet in the Allianz Arena.

 

However, playing at home is just one side of the story.

 

Guardiola’s side manifests more depth. Having the likes of Goetze, Muller and Mandzukic enables the club to endure the 90-minute beating on the pitch. The club has plenty of options to explore and unleash when crunch time sinks in.

 

As for Der Club’s camp, there is no question to Kiyotake’s brilliance. Yet, Kiyotake alone, shall not suffice.

 

On the other hand, while it is true that the Bavarians’ defence is in dire need of improvement, their ball possession showed a significant increase and therefore, countered the doubts thrown at Pep’s preferred 4-1-4-1.

 

True enough, Pep and his men had a 70% possession against Eintracht Frankfurt and resulted to 15 goal attempts. Keeping the ball in their side can be attributed to their quick adaption of short passes. Experts described the approach as something reminiscent to that of Barca’s playing style. Irrespective of the criticisms, the truth is, it worked well for the Bavarians. As a matter of fact, whoscored recorded the club’s passing success at 90%.

 

Meanwhile, Der Club had a better tackling percentage than the upcoming match host. Current figures give them a 54.8% of success when it comes to the number of tackles won, whereas Bayern has only afforded 47.1%. Nevertheless, this is where possession and pass success come into place. Der Club suffers in keeping the ball. With only 49%, it is no wonder why they had a hard time forcing a draw. Moreover, their passing efficiency, which is pegged at 85% falls short if compared to Bayern.

 

Bayern might apply the 4-1-4-1 approach. How they execute and how efficient it can get (knowing that Goetze will play), depends on the strength of Pep’s player combinations. Der Club will continue to tackle and break Bayern’s defence wall. The question is whether they can keep the ball longer into their side.

 

In this match, Bayern wins 3-1.

 

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