Hansi Flick’s side will travel to Frankfurt as the overwhelming favourites, Paddy Power are giving them odds of just 1/9 to walk away with three points.
Bayern currently sit top of the table, four points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, and are chasing their eighth consecutive league title. Top spot is theirs to lose and Flick’s side will want to capitalise on each opportunity to extend the gap at the head of the table.
The Bavarian’s season so far has been very impressive, winning 18 of their 26 games and losing on only four occasions. They have scored a league-high 75 goals whilst also being the tightest at the back, conceding just 26 goals.
Five of those goals conceded came in that unexpected defeat to Frankfurt earlier in the season and Flick’s men will be desperate for revenge. Flick was only the assistant on that day and will relish the chance to right his team’s wrongs now that he has full control.
Bayern’s boss has enjoyed his spell as the main man since that loss. There was a momentary blip with consecutive 2-1 defeats to Bayer Leverkusen and Gladbach in early December but since then Flick’s side have gone on a 12-game unbeaten run in the league, drawing just once in that run.
The key man amongst all the success has, of course, been Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international is having yet another fantastic season and notched his 40th goal of the campaign against Union Berlin last weekend. The goal means that he joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to become just the third man to score 40 goals in five consecutive seasons.
The 31-year-old has been on fire all year long and looks set to star again against Frankfurt, his goal was Bayern’s only positive the last time the two met and he will be looking to do the same again this time around, whilst also hoping to go a step further and grab a win too.
There will, of course, be some flashbacks of November’s 5-1 battering at the hands of Frankfurt, but a lot has changed since then and Bayern will be confident going into Saturday’s game.
Since that day Bayern’s defence has improved significantly, as Flick’s men are on a three-game run of clean sheets and he will be looking to his defenders to increase that run to four at the weekend. The Bayern boss will be keen for his defenders to show more of the same and beat Frankfurt, filling his side with confidence before their potential title-decider against Dortmund in the following game week.
By Jak Richardson