Preview - VfB Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich 02 September 18

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Match Day 2
VfB Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich
Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Arena

Vfb Stuttgart:   
Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.06
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.06
Top Scorer 17/18: Mario Gómez ( 8 )
Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.71
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.82
Top Scorer 17/18: Robert Lewandowski (29)

One of the big heavyweight clashes on Match Day 2 in the Bundesliga comes at the Mercedes-Benz Arena as Stuttgart play host to defending champions Bayern Munich.

Stuttgart will likely need to perform much better than they did in their opener - when losing away to Mainz - if the are to have any chance of getting anything here.

Bayern began the campaign in impressive fashion, coming from behind to beat Hoffenheim 3-1 at home. Despite the final score line though, Niko Kovac will likely feel there are still a few things to tweak as he stamps his identity on this side.

Bayern have won five of their last six against Stuttgart, with the one defeat coming in a meaningless game at the back end of last season when Bayern already had the title in the bag. It was close in the game here last season though, with Bayern only coming out on top 1-0.

Not too many injuries to report for either side. Jan Kliment remains out for Stuttgart, whilst Kingsley Coman is the only likely absentee for Bayern.

This is a pretty old Bayern Munich side, and as such it would be no surprise to see fatigue kick in at some stage. This is only Match Day 2 after all though and their class will likely see them pick up the three points here without too much fuss.

Prediction: VfB Stuttgart 1 - 3 Bayern Munich


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  4 - 19
Shots on target: 1 - 7
Corner Kicks: 0 - 12
Possession: 38% - 62%

No need for referee Harm Osmers to reach for his notebook in this one with both sides largely behaving themselves throughout.

Any thoughts that this may be a tough away assignment for the defending champions couldn't have been further from the truth in the end. Limiting the home side to just the one shot on target and bossing possession this was a thoroughly dominant display on the road from Bayern.

You can dominate all you like but you still need to bother the scoresheet, and whilst it did take a little while for Bayern to edge their noses in front, they ran out comfortable and unthreatened winners in the end.

The fist goal came in the 37th minute. Thomas Muller finding Leon Goretzka on the edge of the 18 yard box. Goretzka still had plenty to do but swiftly worked enough space for a shooting opportunity before finishing accurately into the bottom right. 1-0 after 45 minutes.

Bayern had already repeatedly threatened and rattled a post by the time the second goal arrived in the 62nd minute. Receiving the ball on the edge of the area, Robert Lewandowski allowed the ball to drift across his body before shooting through the legs of the defender and into the bottom right corner. Little chance for the keeper.

This was really already over as a contest but Bayern did add a third in the 76th minute. Lewandowski stylishly flicking the ball on to Thomas Muller inside the area, Muller controlling into space and beating the keeper low and to the left from around ten yards.

Two wins from two games for Bayern, six goals for and one against. This is a new season with a new man at the helm but the early evidence suggests that the end result may well be the same.

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