Preview - Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim 25 August 18

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Match Day 1
Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim
Saturday, August 25th, 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich: 
Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.71
Average goals against per match: 0.82
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (29)

Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.94
Average goals against per match: 1.41
Top Scorer: Mark Uth (14)

The Bundesliga kicks off this coming weekend with a big one as champions Bayern Munich play host to third placed finishers Hoffenheim.

A new era for Bayern Munich this season with former player Niko Kovač now at the helm. It will take some doing to improve on last season's runaway league victory, but he will certainly be expected to lead Bayern to the title once again.

Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann remains one of the hottest young managerial properties in the German game and did his reputation no harm at all when leading the side to a third placed finish last season. With the bulk of the squad still together, he will be keen to build on - and perhaps even better - that performance this time around

Bayern Munich were formidable at the Allianz last season, winning 14 of 17 and losing just once.

Hoffenheim's away form certainly has room for improvement having won just four of 17 on the road last season.

Bayern ran riot in this game last year, coming out 5-2 on top.

The injury edge very much lies with the home team here. Whilst Bayern have a fully fit squad from which to select, Hoffenheim must do without the services of Benjamin Hübner, Nadiem Amiri, Dennis Geiger, Lukas Rupp and Kerem Demirbay.

Bayern have looked pretty impressive in the lead up to this Bundesliga campaign, including when slamming Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the Super Cup Final. As much as we rate Hoffenheim, we see the home side having too much here, particularly considering the injury situation.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 4 - 1 Hoffenheim


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  13 - 8
Shots on target: 6 - 6
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 65% - 35%

Thomas Muller was booked for Bayern Munich. Kasim Nuhu, Leonardo Bittencourt, Pavel Kaderabek and Nico Schulsz of Hoffenheim all made their way into referee Bastian Dankert's notebook.

This wasn't too bad a showing from Hoffenheim who certainly made the most of their possession, actually matching Bayern in terms of shots on target despite only having 35% of the ball. In the end though they were outgunned, as many sides seem likely to be at the Allianz this season and Bayern deserved the points.

Bayern were slowly beginning to assert in this game when they took the lad in the 23rd minute. Joshua Kimmich's corner form the left hand side being met by Muller to head home in typical style from a few yards out. And that's the way it stayed until half time.

The second goal of the game arrived 12 minutes after the interval and it was Hoffenheim who got it.  Excellent strength and control from Adam Szalai to muscle into the right-hand corner of the 18-yard box, before finishing excellently into the bottom left corner 1-1.

Hoffenheim held on until the 82nd minute. Lewandowksi's penalty initially being saved only for Arjen Robben to fire in the rebound….only for the referee to haul the whole thing back again and order a retake. No mistake from Lewandowski this time in finding the bottom left corner.

Robben did get his goal in the end though. Breaking into the area in the 90th minute, the Dutchman made no mistake to lash the ball home from around six yards. Keeper no chance.

The score line makes this look a bit more comfortable than it actually was. Hoffenheim were in this game for long periods but it's a winning start for Bayern nonetheless.

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