Bayern could potentially wrap up the Bundesliga title with a win at the Augsburg Arena on match week 29 of the Bundesliga. Here is what the lineup could look like.
Currently sitting tenth in the table, Augsburg may offer some resistance. However, their poor form will serve as a motivation for a potential demolition as Bayern try to clinch its sixth straight Bundesliga title. Augsburg have only won once in their last seven matches. Bayern will want to continue what has been a spectacular campaign since the return of treble-winning manager Jupp Heynckes who just missed out equalling the fastest title-winning campaign by a game week, a record set by his successor, Pep Guardiola.
- Kingsley Coman and Arturo Vidal are out completely for this fixture.
What Jupp said
- Heynckes pointed out that David Alaba will not be ready for this fixture. Corentin Tolliso remains a is questionable. Jupp also spoke about Manuel Neuer: “I have looked at Neuer and I am happy with the progress he has made. His foot has not shown any negative reaction”. The coach also said that he would be happy if Manuel Neuer along with other injured Bayern players travel with the team to see Bayern win the title.
Bayern will want to put out a very strong eleven to ensure they win the title against Augsburg to concentrate on other things. After this match the manager may start using rotated elevens in some of the other matches as he tries to give players like Sebastian Rudy who have not played that much this season some game time. Even though Augsburg languish at tenth position, their defence has been relatively decent. As such, they have conceded only 36 goals this season.
Bayern may opt to play an attack minded eleven has they strive for a good showing to clinch the title.
The attacking third
Jupp Heynckes may bring Arjen Robben back into the starting eleven after sitting him on the bench for much of the mid-week match against Sevilla in the champions league. Thomas Muller will be the likely player to lose his place in the staring eleven due to this move. Franck Ribery who had an amazing match against Sevilla will retain his position as Robert Lewandowski who was basically a ghost mid-week will continue at the zenith of the attack.
The midfield will have a good balance of attack and defensive impetus. Javi Martínez has been a nothing short of amazing in his position in the defensive midfield. Indeed, Martínez has offered glimmers of his 2013 self. This was the player we all knew should’ve excelled under Guardiola if he was used in his regular position. James Rodríguez and Thiago Alcântara will play in the midfield after their stellar second half performances against Sevilla mid-week. Considering injuries, it is unlikely that the midfield looks much different. Still, it would not be the first time that Heynckes hoodwinks predictions.
The back four
Juan Bernat might be benched for this match-up after an atrocious first half performance against Sevilla that saw Jupp Heynckes take him off before the start of the second half (Editor’s note: Bernat was reportedly substituted off with injury, but we all reckon that was an excuse and it was actually because he was terrible). Rafinha will likely replace him on the left has David Alaba is unlikely to be back for this match. Niklas Süle may re-enter the fray. Jupp could give Jérôme Boateng a day off. Mats Hummels and Joshua Kimmich will claim the remaining places in the back four.
With Neuer’s return imminent Sven Ulriech will be looking to grab his last opportunities in goal with both hands. He has been nothing but stellar after a shaky start between the post and as shown he has what it takes to slot-in in Manuel Neuer’s absence.