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Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg - Match Preview

21 Sep 2017 Ed Mackey GERMANY: Bundesliga
GERMANY: Bundesliga

Bayern Munich

  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W


18:30 GMT
22 September 2017

VfL Wolfsburg

  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • D

18:30 GMT 22 September 2017

After unsurprisingly winning the Bundesliga title last season, Bayern Munich will be hoping to go one step further with the UEFA Champions League trophy this term. However, reported unrest between Carlo Ancelotti and his players has affected them in their first five league matches. They face a Wolfsburg side that have struggled so far this campaign in their sixth game and the visitors sit 13th in the table. Bayern Munich are second in the table behind their title rivals, Borussia Dortmund.


  • Despite winning four of their five games so far in the league this season, the one loss that Bayern Munich have suffered this term is disappointing for both players and fans. They were defeated 2-0 by Hoffenheim in their third match. However, a resounding 3-0 win away at Schalke in their last game showed lots of positivity.
  • Wolfsburg have been largely poor in the Bundesliga this season and with just one win in the five games (against Eintracht Frankfurt) and two losses, they are yet to impress. Losses against Dortmund and Stuttgart were probably expected but poor performances in the two games massively let them down. A draw with Werder Bremen in their last match was also disappointing after leading for almost half an hour.
  • With six goals in just five matches, Robert Lewandowski is already leading the chart for the German top flight’s top goal scorer. The Polish striker is showing no signs of rustiness from the summer break.
  • A poor start to the campaign for Wolfsburg hasn’t affected their midfield maestro, Daniel Didavi who leads their race for the club’s top scorer with two goals against Eintracht and Hannover.


As expected, Bayern have dominated Wolfsburg in the past seasons and this dominance is highlighted as the Bavarians have beaten the Wolves 18 times in the last 21 meetings between the sides across all competitions. The last time Wolfsburg beat Bayern was at the beginning of 2015, there have been seven fixtures since. Wolfsburg have scored just once in the last five matches and they have only scored more than 1.5 goals against them once in 11 games.


If they are hoping to overtake Dortmund at the top of the league, nothing other than a win will suffice for Bayern. However, they have plenty of injury worries: Manuel Neuer, Juan Bernat, David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara aren’t expected to make the matchday squad with various injuries.

Latest matches: Bayern Munich

19.09.2017 Bund FC Schalke 04 Bayern Munich 0:3 W
16.09.2017 Bund Bayern Munich 1 FSV Mainz 05 4:0 W
12.09.2017 UEFA Bayern Munich RSC Anderlecht 3:0 W
09.09.2017 Bund 1899 Hoffenheim Bayern Munich 2:0 L
30.08.2017 Club Offenbacher Kickers Bayern Munich 1:4 W


It is important for Wolfsburg to avoid defeat in this match if they want to improve their form but they have several players either injured or doubtful for the clash. Seven players might be missing as Trasch, Vieririnha, Hinds, Blaszczykowski, Bruma, Brooks and Gomez are currently fighting to return to action.

Latest matches: VfL Wolfsburg

19.09.2017 Bund VfL Wolfsburg Werder Bremen 1:1 D
16.09.2017 Bund VfB Stuttgart VfL Wolfsburg 1:0 L
09.09.2017 Bund VfL Wolfsburg Hannover 96 1:1 D
31.08.2017 Club VfL Wolfsburg Erzgebirge Aue 3:0 W
26.08.2017 Bund Eintracht Frankfurt VfL Wolfsburg 0:1 W


It is very rare that Bayern Munich will find themselves in a position where they aren’t favourites and this match is no different. Ancelotti’s side won’t take anything other than three points in this match and Wolfsburg shouldn’t pose too much of a threat with the number of players they have sidelined.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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