Bayern Munich v Wolfsburg: Team News, Betting Tips & Key Stats

The first clash of last season’s top two takes place on Tuesday as defending champions Bayern Munich play host to VfL Wolfsburg.

Heading into the midweek fixtures, these are two of the top three, with Pep Guardiola’s side only below Borussia Dortmund on goal difference, but have already opened up a four-point lead over third-place Wolfsburg after five games.

Pep Guardiola’s side head into this match as the clear favourites and most Bundesliga betting tips you read will also be expecting Bayern Munich to win this one.

Team News

Bayern Munich

The hosts have a number of injuries to deal with again already this season. Holger Badstuber is a regular on the injury list, whilst fellow defenders Mehdi Benatia and Jan Kirchhoff are also unavailable for this game. David Alaba has shifted into centre-back alongside Jérôme Boateng due to the absentees. Javi Martínez is another option.

Forwards Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben are both unavailable again to the head coach, but Thomas Müller and Douglas Costa are two top players flanking Roberto Lewandowski in Guardiola’s 4-3-3 formation.

Müller has been in great scoring form as of late, and if you’re going to back him to score against Wolfsburg you should take advantage of bet365’s welcome bonus via BettingExpert.com – it’s a good way to minimise your downside while also putting money on a sure thing. Or you could just back Bayern to win, but where’s the fun in that?

VfL Wolfsburg

Kevin De Bruyne was sold at the end of the transfer window to Manchester City, a massive loss for Dieter Hecking for the 2015-16 season.

In terms of injuries, Vieirinha is the only first-team player missing, whilst backup goalkeeper Koen Casteels is also injured.

Form

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have won all seven competitive games this season, scoring 21 goals and conceding only three goals. This despite a few injuries in defence and cover.

After winning 3-0 at Olympiacos in the Champions League last midweek, goals from former Juventus pair Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman helped them to a victory by the same scoreline at Darmstadt this past weekend.

VfL Wolfsburg

The visitors have made an unbeaten start to the new season with three wins and two draws to start their league campaign. Nine points have come at home whilst they will have been disappointed to have drawn at both FC Köln and Ingolstadt.

Wolfsburg were comfortable winners in their first German Cup match this season and defeated CSKA Moscow 1-0 in their opening Champions League match this season.

Key Players

Thomas Müller
Six goals in his opening five league games this season, Thomas Müller appears to be in the mood to be the league’s top goalscorer this season. Everyone knows about his talent, movement off the ball and shooting ability but can the visitors stop him from getting on the scoresheet in this one? Lines up on the right of a 4-3-3 meaning the talented Ricardo Rodríguez should be up against him and the Swiss international has done well versus the top stars over the past couple of seasons.

Julian Draxler
A yellow card in each of his two Bundesliga games for Wolfsburg since moving from Schalke 04 in the summer, Julian Draxler did head home their winner in the Champions League last week. Everyone knows Draxler’s talent in Germany and if Wolfsburg are to get anything from this they’re going to need to score. The attacking midfielder is both a goalscorer and can create chances for sole striker Bas Dost on Tuesday.

Key Stats

2 – Both sides have conceded only two goals in their opening five league games, the fewest in the league.

4 – Wolfsburg scored four goals when these two last met in the league, beating Bayern Munich 4-1 at the Volkswagen Arena back in January.

6 – Thomas Müller has scored six goals in his five appearances (4 starts) to start the new Bundesliga season.

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Maximilian Jones

Maximilian is a Berlin native with a German mother and English father. Raised in Germany and studied in London, Maximilian grew up to love football from an early age but his early exposure to the Bundesliga honed his passion for all things German football.