Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Sunday
Bayern Munich welcome Stuttgart to the Allianz Arena on Sunday afternoon hoping to pick up another three points in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund at the summit of the Bundesliga.
The German champions have been in good form of late, winning their previous six league games, and in some style. They have netted 16 times and conceded just twice, closing the gap to Lucien Favre’s men to just six points in the process.
They face a Stuttgart side struggling for confidence having lost four from their last five, leaving them just three points above safety heading into the weekend.
Here’s a look at how Bayern could lineup on Sunday.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Manuel Neuer (GK) – The giant goalkeeper has been an ever present between the sticks for Bayern’s league campaign thus far, so will be expected to start once more on Sunday – hoping to add to his tally of six clean sheets.
Joshua Kimmich (RB) – Another ever present for Bayern, Kimmich is a versatile player but has lined up predominantly at right-back this season. The German loves to get forward and perhaps surprisingly, based on his position, joint-leads the assist chart for the whole Bundesliga having laid on nine goals.
Niklas Sule (CB) – Sule has been very impressive ever since he joined Bayern back in 2017. His development has taken another step this season and his performances have kept Mats Hummels or Jerome Boateng out of the side for all but one match. At just 23, he has a big future ahead of him.
Mats Hummels (CB) – Hummels has had a disappointing campaign so far, making just ten appearances in the Bundesliga. After some shaky performances and two high profile errors, the World Cup winner must start taking his chances to stay in Niko Kovac’s side.
David Alaba (LB) – Another very consistent member of Bayern’s back four. Alaba has been selected by Kovac for all 18 Bundesliga games so far, with one goal and assist apiece. The Austrian will get forward when he can and is also a set-piece specialist with a terrific left foot.
Javi Martinez (DM) – Martinez has made the defensive midfield / anchor role his own over the past six seasons. Although he hasn’t appeared as regularly as expected this season – just 11 appearances due to injury and form – the Spaniard is a quality operator and has a vital role in shielding the back four.
Leon Goretzka (CM) – Fresh from scoring his first brace for Bayern last week against Hoffenheim, Goretzka should be filled with confidence. The German was considered a major coup following his free transfer from Schalke and is now starting to show his true ability as a box-to-box midfielder.
Thiago (CM) – Thiago should continue his midfield partnership with Goretzka following Bayern’s convincing 3-1 win over Hoffenheim last weekend. The ex-Barcelona youngster is a classy operator with the eye for a killer pass.
Thomas Muller (RW) – Muller has found himself playing all over Bayern’s front-line this season, as his versatility has proved useful. Injuries to Robben and Ribery should see the German playing on the right this weekend, hoping to add to his tally of four goals and four assists.
Robert Lewandowski (ST) – One of the deadliest striker on the planet, Lewandowski has continued to score freely in the Bundesliga. He has managed 11 goals in 17 outings, to follow up his staggering record of 89 in 95 appearances over the last three campaigns.
Kingsley Coman (LW) – French winger Franck Ribery will be missing on Sunday, giving his compatriot Coman the perfect opportunity to prove his worth. The 22-year-old has made just seven appearances this term, failing to register a single goal or assist.