Ace Football previews the Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Arminia Bielefeld, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Bayern Munich resume their Bundesliga campaign in a match against Arminia Bielefeld after winning a second FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar.
The European champions can restore a seven-point lead at the top of the German league standings. Victory, an eighth in succession, would set them up beautifully for next Saturday’s trip to Eintracht Frankfurt. But Arminia, who sit down in the relegation play-off spot in 16th, don’t plan to make life easy.
Thanks to the snowy conditions in Germany, the visitors have had 15 days of rest and time to prepare for this fixture. It could set-up a tougher than expected clash for Bayern, who have lost key players amid a hectic schedule.
Bayern Munich Form & Stats
A 1-0 win over Tigres in the Club World Cup final last week was Bayern’s seventh win in a row across all competitions. What’s really caught the eye, though, is their improved defense. They haven’t conceded a goal in over 270 minutes of football and have kept five clean sheets in their last six games.
Hansi Flick’s men have also been formidable in the attack, having scored in each of their last 51 matches. The last time they failed to find the back of the net was in a 0-0 draw with RB Leipzig in February 2020. A club-record 58 goals in only 20 league games this season, meanwhile, suggests more goals will come on Monday.
The priority against Arminia, however, is to avoid any World Cup hangover. Unlike their opponents, Bayern have had no such rest. The Bavarians will play their fourth game in 10 days and will be without key men. Thomas Muller, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, is out along with Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, and Jerome Boateng.
Key Team Stats
- On a seven-match winning run in all competitions.
- Unbeaten in their last 19 home league games (W16 D3)
- Kept 5 clean sheets in their last 6 games in all competitions.
- Scored in each of their last 51 games in all competitions.
- Lost only 1 of their last 45 league games against promoted clubs (W42 D2).
- There has been a penalty in 40% of Bayern’s 20 league games.
- Robert Lewandowski has made 30 goal contributions in only 19 league games (24 goals, 6 assists).
Arminia Bielefeld Form & Stats
The Blues’ first season back in the Bundesliga since 2008/09 has been a difficult one. 12 defeats have come in their opening 19 games (W5 D2), leaving them in the relegation play-off spot in 16th-place. That said, they do have two games in hand over their main rivals.
Heavy snowfall, as previously mentioned, postponed Arminia’s match against Werder Bremen on February 7. While not ideal, it could be a blessing in disguise. It’s given manager Uwe Neuhaus 15 days to prepare his squad for the trip to Bayern. And if there was ever a time to cause an upset in the Bavarian capital, now could be it.
Doing so will require a tremendous effort, especially as the club lost 4-1 in the reverse fixture. Neuhaus’s men also have the Bundesliga’s second-worst record on the road, with six defeats in nine games (W1 D2), and have scored just five times. The first goal of the game on Monday could prove decisive.
Key Team Stats
- Lost their last 2 league games.
- Lost 6 of their 9 away league games (W1 D2).
- Won only 1 of their 18 competitive away games against Bayern Munich (D2 L15).
- Conceded 8 goals in their last 2 league games. 4 of them came in the opening 30 minutes.
- Scored just 5 goals away from home in 9 league games.
Out: Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka, Jerome Boateng, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Zirkzee, Tanguy Nianzou, Alexander Nubel.
Doubts: Corentin Tolisso.
Doubts: Amos Pieper, Manuel Prietl, Andreas Voglsammer.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in Bundesliga
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the Bundesliga.