After cruising to a 4-0 victory over Mainz on Saturday, Bayern once again flexed their attacking muscles on Tuesday evening as they came out on top away at Schalke by three goals to nil. Even with a few important players out, Carlo Ancelotti’s men made light work of beating fairly useful opposition. Considering the very tame start made to this campaign by Wolfsburg, who’ve recently changed their manager from Andries Jonker to Martin Schmidt, it’s very hard to look further than the hosts in this one.
Even though Wolfsburg are generally a side who’re capable of keeping things low-key in terms of games, they could struggle to stay with Bayern in this one. As we saw both against this opposition last season, and in recent matches, Friday’s hosts have the quality to fashion clear-cut chances at regular intervals. Such creativity, not to mention the firepower Ancelotti has at his disposal, means that it’s extremely hard for teams to contain Munich. ‘Bayern to Win -2 Handicap’ gets the vote.
Wolfsburg’s performance in their 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen during the week wasn’t the poorest; in fact, it was actually an improvement on some of their recent matches, but the fact that they’re short up front, especially with Gomez out, and not secure enough at the back was glaringly obvious. Had Bremen come equipped with their shooting boots, the then hosts could’ve walked away with nothing. With this in mind, it’s easy to imagine Bayern, with all their quality, finding it very easy to brush Die Wölfe aside.
Highly creative players such as Thiago and Ribery were rested on the bench on Tuesday night, so fatigue in the attacking areas should be absolutely no issue for the hosts here. They have plenty of options and have simply looked a cut above in their last couple of matches. In front of a home crowd, Der FCB are worth backing to record another convincing victory.