Bayern will look to secure three points at home against Hamburg before traveling to the Red Bull Arena to take them closer to another routine Bundesliga title. Let’s have a look at the lineup that the team would most likely implement.
It seems Jupp Heynckes likes making fun of writers at Bayern Central by using exactly what we did not predict in terms of expected lineups. At least, now we know that he reads it before every match. I will attempt to once again predict, or attempt to predict, what Heynckes has in mind for this weekend’s match.
Formation: no changes expected
Even though I’m not a big fan of the system, I for one am made to believe that Bayern will once again predictably use the 4-1-4-1 system. Personally, I prefer a 4-2-3-1, but who am I to argue with a treble-winning coach.
To our credit, we have absolutely always got one position right, which is the goalkeeper. My crystal ball predicts that Sven Ulreich will be seen between the sticks.
The defense should be comprised of Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Niklas Süle and David Alaba. Jérôme Boateng does not seem to be 100% in terms of performances yet. A little rest and rotation should do him some good as well as give Süle much-needed experience and exposure.
This is where we all fail, but I will attempt to predict what lineup Jupp has in mind.
I think he will start Sebastian Rudy in the central defensive midfield position to try to give him more game time, keeping in mind the Champions League game in midweek.
In the attacking midfield, I predict that a start to Thiago Alcantara is a given considering he is slowly returning to form post his injury. He needs as much time on the pitch as possible. James is out, so Vidal needs to step in giving Bayern a great box to box threat.
Corentin Tolisso starts as well and he has shown he doesn’t really need to even enter the box to make an impact. It’s too much effort beating defenders, just lay back and let one fly. Also starting with Tolisso is Arjen Robben, who also needs to hit top form. The formation from left to right should be Thiago-Vidal-Tolisso-Robben.
At striker, we used to be absolutely right about this as well (along with the goalkeeper), but post-winter, my crystal ball isn’t working so well. I do not think Robert Lewandowski would start on the bench for two matches in a row, so he starts up front.
This completes the lineup in the predicted 4-1-4-1 formation. Using this lineup, Bayern should eat up all three points against Hamburg before attempting to drink up some more vs RB Leipzig next weekend.