League leaders Bayern Munich will be taking on bottom of the table Paderborn for their 23rd fixture in Bundesliga. The German giants Bayern Munich will be keen to carry on their winning momentum as the hunt for the title intensifies. Whereas, Paderborn is six points away from the safe zone and an unlikely win against Bayern would do them a world of good.
Date- Saturday, February 22
Kick-Off- 1:00 AM (IST)
Venue- Allianz Arena
Defenders Benjamin Pavard and Jerome Boateng are both undergoing suspension for the hosts. Lucas Hernandez could be given the nod ahead. Alvaro Odriozola was recently brought in on loan from Real Madrid and could get to feature at right-back. Ivan Perisic’s injury issue makes him a long term absentee, which makes way for the likes of Philippe Coutinho or Serge Gnabry. Jann-Fiete Arp has recently recovered from injury, while Niklas Sule is also returning to training soon.
Recent loan signing Dennis Jastrzembski should be pushing for a spot. Samuel Kari Fridjonsson has been brought in from Valerenga Osla and could get to start for his side. Jamilu Colins could be given a rest, while Gerrit Holtmann could come in place of Collins. Adelhamid Sabiri’s back injury and Luca Kilian;s injury to the thigh gets them ruled out. Antony Evans was signed from Everton to add quality to the attack.
BAY (Expected Playing 11)- Neuer; Davies, Hernandez, Alaba, Odriozola; Thiago, Kimmich; Coman, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski
PDB (Expected Playing 11)- Zingerle; Jans, Strohdiek, Schonalu, Holtmann; Fridjonsson, Proger, Gjasula, Vasiliadis, Antwi-Adjei; Srbeny
Robert Lewadowski has been the main man for Bayern Munich in the forward line. The Polish international has 23 goals, three assists an has a pass accuracy of 71.1% from 1952 appearances in the German League this season.
Kai Proger has been one of the standouts for Paderbron and has two goals as well as five assists from 20 appearances this season.
Thomas Muller has been pivotal in the advanced position for Bayern Munich. Muller has six goals, 14 assists and a pass accuracy of 80% from 1385 minutes in the league this season.
Dennis Srbeny has done well in his limited appearances for Paderborm. The centre forward has two goals from five appearances in the league this season.
From the last five games between the two sides, Bayern Munich has won all five.
Bayern Munich are the clear cut favourites to win the game.
Goalkeeper- L Zingerle
Defeders- D Alaba, L Hernandez, A Odriozola
Midfielders- J Kimmich, S Gnabry, C Antwi-Adjei, S Fridjonsseon, K Gjasula
Forwards- T Muller (VC), R Lewandowski (C)