Arminia Bielefeld vs. Bayern Munich Team News

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Robert Lewandowski looks to set yet another Bundesliga record today for single-season away goals, when Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich travel to relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST).

Arminia face the league leaders having lost five of their last six, whilst winning only one of their previous nine fixtures. They begin Matchday 30 in the relegation play-off spot, a point adrift of outright safety but above second-bottom Hertha Berlin on goal difference alone.

Selection News

Bielefeld Top scorer Masaya Okugawa and midfielder Fabian Kunze are likely to be recalled to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench last time out. There will be late checks on defender Cedric Brunner, midfielder Sebastian Vasiliadis and forward Florian Krüger who are still dealing with injuries. With Nathan de Medina on stand by to come in at right-back, as a result.

Concern for Arminia’s will be Bayern looking for revenge after suffering their UEFA Champions League quarter-final exit midweek, the record champions’ focus is now purely on wrapping up a 10th successive Bundesliga title.

Robert Lewandowski found the net against both Augsburg and Villarreal in the last week is also closing in on a fifth straight top scorer’s cannon his seventh overall.

Having already scored 32 Bundesliga goals in 2021/22, 17 of which have come in front of away supporters. Eighteen would be a Bundesliga record. Alphonso Davies should be fully fit to start at left-back, after only being used as a late substitute against Villarreal. Lucas Hernandez and Kingsley Coman are “unlikely to travel”, with Tanguy Nianzou and Serge Gnabry likely to make the line up.

Key Stats

  • Okugawa is Bielefeld’s eight-goal top scorer. He’s also previously scored against Bayern for Red Bull Salzburg in last season’s UEFA Champions League
  • Arminia as a team lead the division for challenges contested (224 per game) and have covered the most distance (74.1 miles/119.2 km)
  • Bielefeld have just won two of their 14 home games this term but have also only lost four
  • Lewandowski has scored three goals in as many career meetings with Bielefeld
  • Thomas Müller still leads the league for assists with 16, but hasn’t set up a goal in five appearances
  • Only five of Bayern’s 27 Bundesliga wins against Bielefeld have been by more than a two-goal margin. The victory in Munich this season was only 1-0

Probable line-ups

Bielefeld: Ortega – de Medina, Pieper, Nilsson, Laursen – Prietl (c), Kunze – Wimmer, Schöpf, Okugawa – Serra
Out: Brunner (concussion), Klos (fractured skull)
Doubtful: Krüger (knock), Vasiliadis (knee)
Coach: Frank Kramer

Bayern: Neuer (c) – Pavard, Upamecano, Nianzou, Davies – Kimmich, Goretzka – Sabitzer, Müller, Gnabry – Lewandowski
Out: Süle (not included), Tolisso (hamstring)
Doubtful: Coman (muscular), Hernandez (muscular)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

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  • Michael Kovacs says:

    I do hope Alphonso Davies will be healthy down the stretch — if not for Bayern, at least to make sure he’s good for Canada for WC. I’d wrap him in bubble wrap if I could!

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