Preview - Bayern Munich vs Augsburg 18 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 19, 2017, 12:26 AM

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Bayern Munich vs Augsburg

Augsburg have lost each of their last five meetings with Bayern, and this matchup at the Allianz Arena has often have been Robert Lewandowski's favourite.

In 12 meetings against Augsburg, Lewandowski has found the net 16 times, 9 of it for Bayern and the other seven for Dortmund. The Pole, though, is not 100 per cent fit, having sat out Poland's midweek international friendlies to nurse a minor thigh injury.

For Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes, he is also chasing records. SHould Bayern not lose to Augsburg, then the coach will have lost none of his last 30 Bundesliga games.

When Heynckes took over before Matchday 8, the champions were five points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund; they're now top of the league with a six-point cushion over BVB. And that could go up to nine as Dortmund tripped up 2-1 in Stuttgart on Friday.

Bayern are without Thiago for this one due to a knee knock, though, while centre-back Jerome Boateng is doubtful after missing Germany's recent friendlies with a muscular complaint.

David Alaba is also a doubt with a knock, but Juan Bernat could make his first appearance this season after returning to full training over the international break.

Thomas Müller and Franck Ribery, although both back with the first team following injury, "will not be risked".

Bensergi

Match Stats:

  • Bayern Munich 3-0 Augsburg
  • Shots: 14-7
  • Possession: 74%-26%
  • Corner kicks: 6-3


Keen to make amends after a 6-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena last season, Augsburg began by sitting deep and forcing their illustrious hosts to make the early running. For the first half-hour, the champions struggled, creating few chances, but after Arturo Vidal pounced following the visitors' failure to clear a corner, the floodgates opened. The Chilean was central to Bayern's second goal, too, nicking the ball in midfield and sending Robert Lewandowski in behind, the Pole making no mistake against the onrushing Marwin Hitz to double the lead before the interval.

Bayern emerged after the break with renewed intent and added to the lead almost immediately, Joshua Kimmich whipping in a delicious cross to the penalty spot, where Lewandowski was waiting to guide a volley past Hitz. It almost got worse for Augsburg immediately afterwards, too, with a Vidal header rattling the crossbar and bouncing into the Swiss custodian's grateful arms. Sensing another hammering could be on the cards, Augsburg dropped deeper after the third goal, preventing Bayern getting into any dangerous areas around the box. The hosts were limited to shots from distance in the closing stages - Arjen Robben and Kimmich coming close - but it mattered little as the damage had long since been done.

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