Bayern Munich vs SV Darmstadt: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
Syed Talib Haider
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich seek their fifth consecutive win when they face SV Darmstadt 98 at the Allianz Arena this Saturday. The last meeting in the 2016-17 season saw Bayern win both games 1-0.
Since losing to RB Leipzig in August’s German Super Cup, Bayern Munich have been dominant. They are now 12 games unbeaten, with 10 wins and 39 goals. Recently, they won 3-1 against Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga and repeated the scoreline against Galatasaray in the Champions League, extending their unbeaten streak in the group stage to 37 games. While leading their Champions League group, they currently sit third in the Bundesliga, trailing Bayer Leverkusen by two points.
In contrast, Darmstadt struggled initially this season but won their last two games before losing 3-1 to Leipzig. They sit 12th in the Bundesliga table with 12 points. Darmstadt’s issue lies in their defense, having not kept a clean sheet in their last 25 away Bundesliga matches, the longest current run in the league. Their upcoming match against high-scoring Bayern, who have scored in their last 61 home league fixtures, presents a significant challenge.
Saturday, 28th October 2023, 2:30 PM GMT (7:00 PM IST)
Location: Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich (Bundesliga): W-D-W-D-W-W
Darmstadt (Bundesliga): L-D-L-W-W-L
Players to watch
Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)
Harry Kane is in fantastic form, and he’s been an excellent replacement for Robert Lewandowski. In the Bundesliga, he’s played 8 games and has a remarkable 13 G/A, which is nearly 2 per game. Kane has scored 9 goals and provided 4 assists already, and fans will be hoping for more of the same from him.
Tobias Kempe (Darmstadt)
34-year-old veteran for Darmstadt has been showing how it is done. Tobias Kempe has 3 goals in the last 3 games in the Bundesliga for his side. Although, up next to Bayern, it seems hard to go away to Allianz Arena and be in possession of the ball let alone score.
- Bayern boasts an impressive record against Darmstadt, winning their last seven top-flight encounters.
- When facing newly promoted teams at home, the Bavarians have won 29 of their last 32 Bundesliga matches, scoring at least four goals in each of their last five.
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Injury and team news
Bayern Munich face several setbacks ahead of their upcoming matches. Leon Goretzka, who underwent hand surgery, will be sidelined, and other players like Dayot Upamecano and Raphael Guerreiro are dealing with hamstring injuries. On a positive note, Serge Gnabry and Manuel Neuer are nearing a return, pending assessment. Noussair Mazraoui may continue at right-back, and Harry Kane, who has scored nine Bundesliga goals in eight games, will lead the attack, supported by Coman, Musiala, and Sane.
Darmstadt are grappling with injuries and doubts of their own. Fabio Torsiello is out with a hamstring injury, and Braydon Manu and Aaron Seydel are questionable pending assessment. Matthias Bader is expected to return, while Luca Pfeiffer, who is yet to score this season, is likely to lead the attack, alongside Skarke, Vilhelmsson, or Hornby. Christoph Klarer, Jannik Muller, and Matej Maglica are set to continue in the back three.
Bayern Munich: 7
SV Darmstadt: 0
Predicted lineup for Bayern Munich vs SV Darmstadt
Bayern Munich Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1)
Ulreich; Mazraoui, Kim, De Ligt, Davies; Kimmich, Laimer; Coman, Musiala, Sane; Kane
SV Darmstadt Predicted lineup (3-5-2)
Schuhen; Klarer, Muller, Maglica; Bader, Holland, Mehlem, Kempe, Nurnberger; Skarke, Pfeiffer
Match prediction for Bayern Munich vs SV Darmstadt
It is set for a Bayern victory unless the Bundesliga gods have something else planned in store for the fans. This is Bayern’s game to lose in most aspects, but if Darmstadt have a chance it is just for scrapping out a draw. But we predict a Bayern win in front of their home fans.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 4 – 0 SV Darmstadt
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