Tuesday, March 21, 2023

FC Bayern vs FC Ingolstadt Preview: Team News And Predicted Lineups

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

26th time record German Champions FC Bayern Munich will look to carry on their magnificent form early in the season against FC Ingolstadt, playing only their second Bundesliga season in club’s history.

The Bavarians have started the season in emphatic fashion under new head coach Carlo Ancelotti and are yet to concede a single goal in all competitions. Starting off the Bundesliga season with a 6:0 thumping of Werder Bremen, Bayern edged past a strong Schalke side 2:0 by some wonderful counter-attacking play.

In their midweek Champions League fixture, Bayern also breezed past Russian outfit and tournament newcomers FC Rostov 5:0. Bayern are sitting pretty at the top with six points in two games and also a stunning goal difference of +8.

Youngster Joshua Kimmich is the man in form for Bayern at the moment. The 22-year-old will look to continue his impressive goal scoring tally after netting a brace against Rostov in midweek.

Meanwhile, Bavarian neighbours FC Ingolstadt are still winless in the Bundesliga this season. Along with Werder and Schalke, Die Schanzer are the third club yet to register a victory so far in the league.

Ingolstadt only made their Bundesliga debut last season and impressed everyone by finishing 11th thanks to some great coaching by previous head coach Ralph Hassenhuttl. But after Hassenhuttl’s departure to RB Leipzig, Ingolstadt are struggling so far under new manager Markus Kauczinski.

After falling 1:0 behind, Ingolstadt came from behind to manage a draw against Hamburger SV in their first match but they got completely outplayed in the next game against Hertha Berlin. Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic and former Dortmund striker Julian Schieber scored the goal as Die Alte Dame’s defence proved too much for the Ingolstadt attackers to get a break in.

Team News

On the bright side of things for Bayern, Kingsley Coman could make his comeback after almost a month out with an Ankle injury. While German footballer of the year, Jerome Boateng and his dutch teammate Arjen Robben both are expected to return to action soon.

As for Ingolstadt boss Markus Kauczinski, only Sony Kittel will be a major absentee for the game against Bayern. However, Record signing Marcel Tisserand is available for Ingolstadt, the 23-year-old defender arrived from French club AS Monaco for a fee of three million euros this summer to replace the departing Benjamin Hubner in defence.

Predicted Lineups

FC Bayern:  (4-3-3 formation): Manuel Neuer; Phillip Lahm, Javi Martinez, Mats Hummels, David Alaba; Thiago Alcantara, Xabi Alonso, Renato Sanches; Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery

FC Ingolstadt: (4-3-3 formation): Orjan Nyland; Tobias Levels, Marvin Matip, Marcel Tisserand, Markus Suttner; Pascal Gross, Roger, Alfredo Morales; Moritz Hartmann, Dario Lezcano, Matthew Leckie

Prediction: Bayern 2:0 Ingolstadt

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