No midweek round, no cup games, just good rest and full training for the German teams. Two more rounds of fixtures before the international break plus European fixtures for the big names.
Greuther Furth vs. Bayern Munich
Friday, September 24, 2021 – 02:30 PM EDT at Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer
The newly-promoted team faces a huge uphill battle to stay up and now welcome reigning champs Bayern Munich on Friday in the round opener. With 1 point earned in 5 games, Greuther are sitting bottom of the table with just 3 goals scored and 13 conceded in 5 games.
Despite scoring 1st last weekend on the road against Hertha Berlin they conceded twice and returned home pointless. They will probably enter the international break with 1 point having to play Bayern and FC Koln on the road. They are huge favorites to go down at the end of the season being priced at -1000 for a bottom 3 finish. They are a team to fade mostly against the German giants like Bayern Munich.
On the other side, Bayern Munich are on fire. They kicked off their season with a 1-1 draw on the road against Gladbach but they immediately bounced back and they enter this match on the back of 7 wins in a row across all competitions, scoring 37 goals in the process. They have the best attack in the German top-flight league with 20 goals scored in 5 games with Robert Lewandowski being the joint top scorer with 7 goals netted (a rate of 1.59 per 90 minutes). He won his first European Golden Shoe after outscoring the entire field in 2020/21 after failing to score in just 4 games last season in Bundesliga.
The German giants will host Dyn. Kyiv next week in the Champions League in what should be an easy win for them so there’s no reason for Julian Nagelsmann to rest many of his key players on Friday against Greuther Furth. They are leading their domestic league standings on goals difference, with Wolfsburg sitting 2nd equal on points and Dortmund sitting 3rd, just 1 point behind them.
Last weekend they destroyed another newly promoted team, Bochum, beating them 7-0 (4-0 at Half-time) with 6 different players contributing on the scoreboard plus an own goal from Bochum. It was like a training session in front of their home crowd with Nagelsmann using his best starting XI.
In the 2nd half, Bayern’s manager made 5 substitutions offering Nianzou, Richards, Sarr, Sabitzer, and Choupo-Moting at least 30 minutes. Bayern’s bench is 10 times better than Greuther Furth starting XI. Bayern are likely to have a field day against a Fürth defense that already owns the league’s worst goal difference.
The hosts are playing for the 2nd time in their history in the top-flight league and facing Bayern is a dream for their fans and most of their inexperienced players. They will surely have a defensive approach and try to limit the damage after seeing what happened last week with Bochum.
Bayern are determined to consolidate their leading position and try to score as many goals as possible. Two seasons ago, Bayern reached 100 goals scored and we expect them to reach that number against after seeing what happened in the 1st 5 fixtures. Teams like Bochum and Greuther Furth will definitely ‘help’ them reach that number.