Bundesliga holders Bayern travel to Stuttgart seeking a second win in succession and will look to erase the comprehensive defeat suffered at the hands of the Reds on the final day of the previous campaign. Stuttgart famously won 4-1 in what was the Bavarians’ heaviest defeat of the term.
Where and when: Mercedes-Benz Arena – 1 September, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Stuttgart vs. Bayern: BT Sport 3
Last time: The Reds’ infamous victory, which saw Bayern on the receiving end of a first home defeat in two years, came after efforts from Daniel Ginczek, Anastasios Donis and Chadrac Akolo. Corentin Tolisso had briefly made it a contest in the first-half before Stuttgart took control of proceedings.
Stuttgart v Bayern Predictions and Preview
Hosts Stuttgart lost their first fixture of the new campaign when they visited Mainz. Tayfun Korkut’s squad are a good bet for a top half finish and the goalscoring onus will once again fall at the feet of former Bayern striker Mario Gomez. The striker averaged a goal every other game last term and is 9/1 to give his team-mates a shock lead, while the Reds are 10/1 on the night.
The reigning champions started their defence in customary fashion, securing the points on home soil against Hoffenheim. In what was a typically difficult encounter against Julian Nagelsmann’s men, Bayern took the lead through Thomas Muller before Adam Szalai equalised after the break. Strikes from hotshot Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben sealed the points and the duo are expected to play instrumental roles in the Bavarians’ quest to not only dominate domestically, but win the Champions League.
|Both teams to score||4/5||Offer|
|Bayern to win 2-0||7/1||Offer|
|Thomas Muller to score anytime||43/10||Offer|
After much speculation over the summer, Lewandowski will almost certainly be plying his trade in the Bundesliga for a ninth consecutive year. The Poland hitman was very vocal in his wish to move to Real Madrid but the Spanish giants have opted elsewhere with Mariano Diaz reportedly close to rejoining his former club. Lewandowski is 15/8 to net first and won’t need many chances to hit the back of the net.
Fellow attacker Robben should start given the injury sustained to Kingsley Coman in the league opener, which will see the young Frenchman sidelined for an extended period with an ankle injury. Robben is 6/5 to register anytime with one of his trademark left foot finishes while Bayern are 2/7 to come away with the spoils.
One to watch for Stuttgart: Donis. The 21-year-old found the back of the net in the last meeting between the clubs and is likely to start from the offset on Saturday. The Greek forward is 18/1 to record the first goal of the contest.
One to watch for Bayern: James Rodriguez is 5/1 in the same market and is an obvious threat, particularly from set pieces. The on-loan Madrid playmaker is enjoying his football in Germany and has linked up well with Lewandowski, Robben and Franck Ribery.
Long shot: Despite winning the title at a canter, everyone connected with Bayern will have been smarting at the scoreline on the day they lifted the Bundesliga trophy. The Bavarians will fly out of the blocks and a reverse of the 4-1 result is available at 17/1 in favour of the German giants.