15:30 (CEST), Saturday 12th August, community4you ARENA (Chemnitz, Germany)
It’s a massive game for Chemnitzer FC as they welcome the record German champions Bayern Munich. Chemnitz have had a mixed bag so far this season in the third tier as they are 11th in the standings after four games, with only one victory so far.
Their opponents Bayern have had a huge pre-season, playing ten matches spanning from the Telekom Cup, International Champions Cup games in China and the Audi Cup at home.
This match-up could give us a good chance to see the new signings from Bayern Munich and Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping for a complete performance as the Bundesliga commences next week.
For Chemnitz, they will need to be extremely compact at the back to give themselves a chance to compete with Bayern on Saturday.
Last Time Out
Carl Zeiss Jena 1-1 Chemnitzer FC
Chemnitz entered their week four match-up with Carl Zeiss Jena on the back of a two-game losing streak in which they had conceded seven times. In a tight, cagey affair neither team was able to break the deadlock throughout the first half.
However, midway through the second half Jena took the lead. Jan Löhmannsröben was left completely unmarked and his trickling shot did enough to beat keeper Kevin Kunz.
With nine minutes remaining in the contest, however, Chemnitz could steal a point. Substitute Florian Trinks played an intelligent through ball and Daniel Frahn guided it into the bottom corner.
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Bayern Munich (4-5 on penalties)
Bayern Munich made the trip to Dortmund for the DFL Supercup as both sides looked to claim for the first trophy on offer. Borussia Dortmund started well when Christian Pulisic dispossessed Javi Martinez in a dangerous area and scored past Sven Ulreich.
Moments later Bayern levelled the scores when Joshua Kimmich teed up Robert Lewandowski to tap in from close range. In the second half, Ousmane Dembélé played in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who provided a delicious finish to put Dortmund in front.
However, on 88 minutes Bayern restored parity with a goalmouth scramble and the ball eventually found its way into the back of the net. It was shootout time and Dortmund couldn’t hold their nerves.
With Marc Bartra needing to score, Bayern ‘keeper Ulreich came up trumps with a great save to give Bayern the DFL Supercup.
Chemnitzer FC Lineup
Manager Horst Steffen will play an ambitious 3-5-2 formation which could become a 5-3-2 if they find themselves under immense pressure.
Florian Trinks had a massive impact off the bench and will earn his start with Dennis Grote making way. No suspensions and only the one injury within the club, with Jamil Dem set to return later this month.
Bayern Munich Lineup
Injuries are a major issue with as many as eight first team regulars all set to miss the clash with Chemnitz. Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng are close to returning, but will be available in the coming weeks.
Ancelotti is set to play a 4-3-3 with Niklas Süle starting alongside Mats Hummels, as Javi Martinez misses out through injury. Franck Ribéry will most likely be rested as Kingsley Coman gets the nod on the left of midfield.
Key Battle: Florian Trinks vs Sebastian Rudy
Both players will form the link in the chain going forward and will play a pivotal part during this contest.
This is Trinks’ first season with Chemnitz, joining from record Hungarian champions Ferencváros and so far has made a decent contribution for manager Horst Steffen. Trinks has featured in all four games this season and provided an assist, which came in his last appearance in the league.
Rudy was crucial for Hoffenheim, playing in a deep role in midfield and dictated how they played, whether it was direct to Sandro Wagner or playing wide to the wing backs. In the Supercup, Rudy put in an excellent display with a hockey assist, which set up Bayern’s opening goal and his chaotic free-kick gifted Bayern the leveller before the final whistle.
The player who can control the play and pull the strings in midfield will help their side to secure their place in the next round.
It’s fair to say that Chemnitz goalkeeper Kevin Kunz will have his hands full on Saturday afternoon against Bayern Munich. His four appearances this season have been decent, but he must be at his very best to give his side any chance.
After keeping a clean sheet in the season opener with Zwickau, Kunz has shipped eight goals, which included four against 3. Liga leaders Paderborn and three the following week at Aalen. Chemnitz will be calling on their number one to put in a confident display at home.
Opportunity to Impress
With the Bundesliga only a week away, a cup fixture is a great chance for “fringe” players to put their hand for selection come matchday one against Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern have plenty of injuries and we look to Süle, Corentin Tolisso and Coman to make a statement to Carlo Ancelotti that they’re ready for regular first team minutes this season.
PREDICTION: Chemnitzer FC 0-3 Bayern Munich
This game should be a formality for Bayern Munich, but away ties in the cup can provide a tricky prospect. An early couple of goals should be enough to put Chemnitz away, but one hopes the hosts can carve out some chances and test out Sven Ulreich.
Chemnitz will spend most of the time without possession as Bayern will dictate the play. It would be the upset of all upsets, but Bayern should progress to the next round.
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