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Alaba To Start Ahead Of Boateng | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Hoffenheim

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Bayern Munich are looking to continue their sizzling run of form when they travel to Sinsheim to face TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday. The Bavarians completed the quadruple in midweek by winning the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla. They also secured a thumping 8-0 win over FC Schalke in their opening Bundesliga fixture, so nothing less than a win will be acceptable this weekend.

Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs TSG Hoffenheim

Defence

Hansi Flick surprisingly did not start with Alphonso Davies in midweek, with Lucas Hernandez featuring at left-back in his stead. However, the Canadian did feature as a substitute and should be a guaranteed starter against Hoffenheim this weekend.

Benjamin Pavard, on the other hand, is set to retain his role at right-back with Bayern Munich having no other alternative.

In central defence, David Alaba should get the nod ahead of Jerome Boateng after starting against Sevilla last time out. The Austrian international, alongside Niklas Sule, should form the heart of the four-man backline.

Finally, Manuel Neuer is expected to continue in goal, ahead of Alexandre Nubel and Sven Ulreich.

Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs TSG Hoffenheim - Man in between the sticks.
Bayern Munich’s German head coach Hans-Dieter Flick (R) greets Bayern Munich’s German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after the German first division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Munich on May 26, 2020 in Dortmund, western Germany. (Photo by FEDERICO GAMBARINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Midfield

Javi Martinez became the talking point in midweek after sealing the win for Bayern Munich by scoring a headed goal in extra time. However, the ageing Spaniard is unlikely to feature in this game, with Flick likely to persist with the tried and tested midfield duo of Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich.

These two will form the double-pivot of Bayern’s 4-2-3-1, with Corentin Tolisso and Michael Cuisance serving as additional options.

Attack

Moving forward, the departure of players like Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho means Bayern Munich are a bit shallow in the attacking department as far as depth is concerned.

Kingsley Coman is pretty much out, so we can expect the creative trifecta of Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane to feature in the final third. They will be in charge of providing the creativity and the supply as Bayern Munich look to dominate Hoffenheim.

In goal, we have Robert Lewandowski as a guaranteed starter. The Pole, after looking a bit off-colour against Schalke, will be hoping to extend his scoring tally as he looks forward to competing with Erling Haaland for the Torjagerkanone title this season.

Academy stars like Jamal Musiala and Joshua Zirkzee are potential alternatives for Flick in the attacking department.

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