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The reigning champions appear as bottom of the table as Bayern Munich welcome Hertha Berlin on Saturday in the Allianz Arena.
Hertha has one of the toughest schedules at the beginning of the season, it doesn’t get any easier for them in the third round of the Bundesliga.
Prediction for this match
Bayern started the season relatively slowly with a draw at Borussia Mönchengladbach, but Bayern seem to be picking up momentum now that their new coach has gained a foothold.
After winning all there was to win during his brief tenure as manager, Hansi Flick decided to swap the league use for the national team and was in the Bayern dugout of Julian Nagelsmann – The 34-year-old’s impressive work at RB Leipzig convinced the Bayern owners to pay a world record fee for a manager.
His first Bundesliga victory came last weekend, but it was anything but easy to get three points as the underdog FC Köln fought a real battle.
They held out 0-0 for the first 45 minutes before Robert Lewandowski predictably opened the goal at the beginning of the second half and Serge Gnabry then did two. However, the underdogs fought back with two goals in three minutes before Gnabry added a second goal to seal the win.
In the 74th competitive game in a row, Bayern broke Real Madrid’s record and complemented this milestone with their biggest win in almost a quarter of a century during the week, thanks to Bremer SV’s 12-0 beating in the DFB Cup.
Nagelsmann hopes to build on this dynamic and soon nail his traditional place at the top of the league. If the results are good for him, that could happen this weekend.
At that moment, Hertha would kill for the four points that many would see as a mediocre start for their upcoming opponent.
They would have hoped to have started the new season more positively than the last – a disappointing season with a 14th place finish – after investing heavily in recent years, but that didn’t happen.
After a disappointing 3-1 away defeat at FC Köln on matchday one, another home defeat against Wolfsburg followed last weekend.
Buddy Dardai‘s team started out brighter and eventually took the lead after an hour than Dodi Lukebakio won and converted a penalty, but Hertha could not see the game. Wolfsburg equalized with a quick counterattack and then punished the hosts with a heartbreaking winner in the 88th minute for failing to exploit a number of late chances.
Dardai finished strong last season following his appointment in January but will soon have to score some points before the pressure mounts and it will be a major challenge this weekend.
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Bavaria remains without a French trio Kingsley Coman, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, with hamstring, ankle and knee problems.
midfield player Marc Roca also has an ankle injury and this weekend’s game will likely come too early for his return.
captain Manuel Neuer but is fit again to lead the team with offspring according to the certainly favored 4-2-3-1 system under Lewandowski’s leadership Jamal Musiala keep its place from the misfires Leroy Sané.
Hertha has a pretty long list of injuries, including Krzysztof Piatek and Ishak Belfodil, and Kevin-Prince Boateng joined the group in the treatment room after limping off during the Wolfsburg game. However, rumor has it that the problem was minor enough to start this weekend.
His replacement during the game Stevan Jovetic has made a solid start to his Hertha career and is likely to keep his place in the starting XI either way after taking a seat on the bench in the last game.
captain Dedryck Boyata was fit to go back on the defensive in the last game, but did so instead of the newly injured one Marton Dardaiwho is expected to stay outside for a few weeks.
Bayern Munich possible starting line-up:
News; Stanisic, Upamecano, Sule, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Müller, Musiala; Lewandowski
Hertha Berlin possible starting line-up:
Schwolow; Pekarik, Boyata, Stark, Plattenhardt; Serdar, Ascacibar; Lukebakio, Boateng, Jovetic; Selke
Probability: Bayern Munich 3-1 Hertha Berlin
Bayern have struggled a bit in defense so far this season, but will certainly have enough to defeat a confident Hertha team, which conceded five in two games against less competition, with little confidence.
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