Match Day 1
Bayern Munich vs. Hertha Berlin
Saturday, August 17th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena
Last five matches form: W D W D W
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.59
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.94
Top Scorer (18/19): Robert Lewandowski (22)
Last five matches form: D D W W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.44
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.68
Top Scorer (18/19): Ondrej Duda (11)
It wasn't as smooth as it had been in previous campaigns, but Bayern Munich did ultimately get the job done and land the Bundesliga title last season. It is the defending champions who kick things off this year as the play host to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga curtain raiser.
It was honours even between the sides last season. Bayern edging this game 1-0 but going down 2-0 in Berlin.
Bayern's major incomings over the summer both came at the back with Lucas Hernández being brought in to replace Matts Hummels at centre-half and the excellent Benjamin Pavard adding further quality to the full-back ranks. Loan addition Ivan Perisic is the key signing from an attacking standpoint as the champions look to fill the gaps left by the departed Frank Ribéry and Arjen Robben.
Hertha have lost key midfielder Valentino Lazaro to Inter Milan, with their major incoming looking to be something of a gamble on the untested Dodi Lukebakio.
Bayern lost only once at home in the league last season, winning each of their final 11 fixtures in front of their own fans, scoring three or more in eight of those games, never conceding more than once and keeping seven clean sheets. Utterly dominant.
Hertha won a respectable five of 17 on the road, but shipped two or more goals in four of their last five and if anything look a slightly weaker outfit this time around. Home win.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 4 - 0 Hertha Berlin
Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots: 15 - 6
Shots on target: 10 - 3
Corner Kicks: 12 -0
Possession: 70% - 30%
Thomas Muller, Benjamin Pavard and Robert Lewandowski were all booked for the home side in this one, with Vladimir Darida, Marko Grujic and Maximilian Mittelstadt of Hertha also having their names taken by referee Harm Osmers.
A pretty dominant display from Bayern Munich on the stats, with the defending champions miles clear in terms of possession and total efforts on goal. They weren't able to convert that into a win though against a Hertha outfit who dug deep for the point.
It all started well enough for Bayern, with the home side taking the lead in the 24th minute. Robert Lewandowski starting the move inside his own half, and finishing it off when getting on the end of a low Serge Gnabry ball into the area from the right hand side - finishing on the stretch from six yards.
The equaliser arrived in the 36th minute. Dodi Lukebakio picking the ball up deep on the left-hand side and letting fly from 25 yards. His strike looking to take a deflection off the back of strike partner Vedad Ibisevic on its way into the left-hand side. No chance for Manuel Neuer.
Just three minutes later the visitors were in front. Ibisevic lofting a short ball over the top and Marko Grujic springing the offside to race through on Neuer. Good composure from Grujic, rounding Neuer to the right-hand side and slotting home from eight yards. 1-2 at the break.
Bayern hauled themselves level on the hour mark. VAR spotting Grujic ridiculously hauling down Lewandowski in the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Lewandowski himself stepping up to fire home into the left-hand side. 2-2 final score.
A disappointing start for Bayern then, offering encouragement to Borussia Dortmund and co,