Preview - Nürnberg vs Bayern Munich 29 April 19

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Match Day 31
Nürnberg vs. Bayern Munich
Monday, April 29th 2019
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Max-Morlock-Stadion

Last five matches form: L W D D W
Average goals per match: 0.80
Average goals against per match: 1.87
Top Scorer: Hanno Behrens & Mikael Ishak (4)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match: 2.63
Average goals against per match: 0.97
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (21)

Already favourites to lift this year's Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich are overwhelmingly so now, with second placed Borussia Dortmund having slumped to defeat at home to Schalke this weekend. Win this one and the defending champions will be four points clear with just three games to play. Considering that this week's opposition are second bottom Nürnberg, the title race could be all but over after ninety minutes here.

Bayern Munich were comfortable 3-0 winners in the reverse of this fixture, and also picked up the points with a 2-0 success in the game here last season.

Dennis Lippert, Enrico Valentini, Adam Zrelák and Törles Knöll all miss out for the home side. Bayern will be without Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer.

Six points adrift of third bottom Stuttgart, Nürnberg are going to need a miracle just to make the relegation playoff, and will already be making plans for life in the second tier. They have won just once in their past twelve fixtures here and have scored more than once in only three of their 15 home games to date.

Bayern's unrelenting charge towards the title has now seen them win 16 of their last 18 league fixtures. Flying up front, they have scored three or more in six of their past eight on the road.

Nürnberg simply don't have enough firepower to trouble Bayern, but don't often get a real hiding here. Anything other than an away win would be a major shock though.

Prediction: Nürnberg 0 - 3 Bayern Munich


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  10 - 17
Shots on target: 4 - 6
Corner Kicks: 5 - 5
Possession: 33% - 67%

Ewerton was the only player to be booked for the home side. Alphonso Davies and Niklas Sule of Bayern Munich also had their names taken by referee Tobias Stieler.

Few saw this coming. With Dormund slumping to defeat at home to Schalke, Bayern Munich had the chance to effectively put the title race to bed here. All they had to do was beat second bottom Nürnberg. They couldn't do it.

Nürnberg were excellent on the day, and fans must be wondering why they can't put in this kind of shift every week. Bayern were on top on the stats, but not by anywhere near as much as we expected, and for a long time it looked as though they might actually lose this one.

Bayern went close in the 24th minute when David Alaba fired in a free kick from range which looked destined for the top corner only to be palmed onto the bar by Christian Mathenia. That's as close as either side came in the opening 45.

Just three minutes into the second half the home side took the lead. Determined work from Sebastian Kerk down the left and a good low ball into the area. Eduard Lowen's effort was saved but straight to Pereira toward the edge of the area on the right. Smart low finish into the bottom left from Pereira.

Bayern avoided an embarrassing defeat when equalising 15 minutes from time. Looked a bit of a lucky goal too. Kingsley Coman doing well to pick out Serge Gnabry with a cross from the right. Gnabry then shinning the ball up and over the keeper from a tightish angle around seven yards out on the left. 1-1 final score. Doubtful he meant it.

Two points dropped for Bayern then, but they nevertheless extend their lead at the top of the standings, sitting two points clear of Dortumund with only three games to play. A completely unexpected point for Nürnberg. Five points adrift of the relegation playoff spot though, their predicament still looks grim.

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