19:30 (BST); Friday 22nd September; Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany) BT Sport 3
Bayern Munich look to make it three wins on the bounce as they welcome Wolfsburg on Friday night.
Wolfsburg enter the clash in the least ideal way with the axing of Andries Jonker prior to Week 5’s meeting with Werder Bremen, with former Mainz manager Martin Schmidt taking the reigns, signing a deal until 2019.
Under new management, can Wolfsburg turn their season around or will avoiding relegation be on the menu once again?
Last time out
Schalke 0-3 BAYERN MUNICH
Bayern Munich made the journey to Gelsenkirchen looking for their second consecutive win as they took on a Schalke side they hadn’t lost to in seven years.
Bayern started perfectly and received a penalty after 25 minutes when Naldo was adjudged to have handled the ball. Robert Lewandowski converted from the spot for his sixth goal of the campaign.
James Rodriguez was making his first Bundesliga start and four minutes into the second time he got himself on the scoresheet.
15 minutes before time Bayern made it three when substitute Arturo Vidal scored to give Carlo Ancelotti’s side another three points against Schalke.
WOLFSBURG 1-1 Werder Bremen
With the departure of Andries Jonker on Monday, Martin Schmidt was given his first test a day after his appointment as his Wolfsburg side hosted a winless Werder Bremen.
Wolfsburg started promptly and after 28 minutes they shocked Bremen by taking the lead. On-loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi opened his Bundesliga account, beating Jiri Pavlenka.
But Werder Bremen came out with plenty of intent in the second half and after 56 minutes they levelled the scores.
Fin Bartels was the lucky recipient of Bremen’s goal which saw Wolfsburg drop two points in midweek.
Bayern Munich Lineup
A strong victory in Gelsenkirchen sees Carlo Ancelotti’s side continue on the right track as they continue their march up the table.
For the first time this season we saw Thomas Müller and James Rodriguez playing together with the latter providing a goal and an assist in Week 5.
Sven Ulreich will play between the sticks with Manuel Neuer out for the rest of 2017 with a foot injury. Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels will be given an opportunity to play with Niklas Süle and Javi Martinez rested.
It will be a learning curve for manager Martin Schmidt as he determines his best possible line-up for weeks to come.
The good news for Wolfsburg was seeing Divock Origi find the back of the net for the very first time since joining on loan from Liverpool.
Under Schmidt, we saw a shift from the defensive 5-4-1 to a 4-2-3-1 which works better for this squad of players. I don’t expect Schmidt to make any changes from the side that drew with Bremen in midweek.
Key Battle: Robert Lewandowski vs Ohis Uduokhai
Robert Lewandowski has an outstanding record against his Week 6 opponents and Bayern fans will be hoping for much of the same on Friday night.
The Polish striker has made 17 appearances against Wolfsburg with 12 wins chalked up from his time with Borussia Dortmund and now Bayern Munich.
The most memorable moment came in Week 6 of the 2015/16 campaign in which Lewandowski scored five goals in the space of nine minutes in a 5-1 hammering of Friday’s opponents.
Ohis Uduokhai has been a surprise starter for Wolfsburg, playing four of the five matches for his new employers this season.
The 20-year-old defender joined from 1860 Munich at the beginning of this season and now faces one of his toughest tests.
Uduokhai and Wolfsburg struggled to contain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but does that mean they won’t be able to stop Lewandowski? Will the events of two years ago repeat themselves in Week 6?
Tough times in Bavaria
Wolfsburg have struggled on their travels to the Allianz Arena and we expect the same in Week 6.
In fact, since Wolfsburg gained promotion in 1997, Die Wölfe have won none of the Bundesliga games played in Munich, with their victories coming at the Volkswagen Arena.
From their interrupted week with changes aplenty, it will be interesting to see if Martin Schmidt can pull something out of the hat on Friday night.
Can Ulreich hold down the fort?
With Manuel Neuer set to miss the rest of the calendar year, the responsibility falls upon 29-year-old Sven Ulreich to keep the sheets clean for Bayern.
Ulreich was a regular fixture towards the end of last season when Neuer was out injured and once again the situation has repeated itself.
Ulreich is a strong distributor, but his shot-stopping ability is obviously nowhere near the standards set by Neuer, but it’s good enough.
Bayern’s defence will need to be strong to keep Ulreich’s workload to a minimum.
PREDICTION: Bayern Munich 4-0 Wolfsburg
As was mentioned before, Wolfsburg have struggled massively at the Allianz Arena and with the limited time Martin Schmidt has had with his new squad, it would be a miracle if they came away with at least a point.
Bayern Munich are chasing their coattails as they remain behind Borussia Dortmund, but with some winnable games coming up we expect to see Bayern put teams to the sword.
I expect the status quo of dominance from Bayern will continue in Week 6.
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