[ClevPicks Prediction]: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich: Possible Lineups, Match Stats
Can Filip Kostic and UEFA Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt stop a new-look Bayern Munich led by Sadio Mane?
Sadio Mane is scheduled to make his Bundesliga debut when Bayern Munich kicks off the 2022/23 Bundesliga season on Friday against UEFA Europa League holders Eintracht Frankfurt (kick-off: 8.30pm CEST).
Frankfurt finished 11th in the Bundesliga last season, but were undefeated in the Europa League, defeating Barcelona, West Ham United, and Rangers along the way. The acquisition of Mario Götze strengthens head coach Oliver Glasner's hand even more ahead of the club's first-ever UEFA Champions League campaign. Germany's 2014 FIFA World Cup hero has been revived after a stay at PSV Eindhoven, and he has a wealth of knowledge from his tenure at Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, including five Bundesliga winner's medals. The Eagles have also retained talismanic winger Filip Kostic, who was at his best in Monday's DFB Cup first-round triumph against Bundesliga 2 club.
Daichi Kamada scored two of Eintracht's four goals, but will likely be replaced by an additional man in defensive midfield when the defending champions arrive. Summer signings Aurelio Buta and Jerome Onguene are out, but Lucas Alario, Randal Kolo Muani, and Faride Alidou should be included.
Bayern Munich travels to Deutsche Bank Park after a 5-3 Supercup victory over RB Leipzig. Summer marquee signing Mane scored with his first shot on goal and is now two for two for his new team after scoring in a preseason friendly against DC United. Matthijs de Ligt has only made three substitute appearances since joining the club from Juventus due to a lack of match fitness. Dayot Upamecano is watching his back, but he is unlikely to be deposed at the heart of the defense just yet.
Noussair Mazraoui, Ryan Gravenberch, and Mathys Tel are also set to appear in some way. In the absence of injured central midfielder Leon Goretzka, Marcel Sabitzer was the big winner of pre-season, while Jamal Musiala was dubbed "world-class" by Julian Nagelsmann following his goal and assist in Bayern's Supercup victory - their first competitive outing since the departure of Robert Lewandowski. With Kingsley Coman suspended, the teenager is expected to keep his spot on the left side of the attack, leaving Leroy Sane to start the season opener from the bench, despite a well-taken goal as a substitute in Leipzig.
Mane is preparing for his Bundesliga debut.
Last season, Kostic scored the game-winning goal in Munich. He has won 3 games against the record champs and lost the other 12.
Götze appeared in 114 competitive games with Bayern, scoring 36 goals and assisting on 24 others. On May 26, 2020, he made his 231st and most recent Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund against his previous team.
Last season, Frankfurt scored more points away from home (23) than at home (19). In 269 competitive games for previous club Liverpool, Mane scored 120 goals and assisted on 48 others.
Alphonso Davies begins his fourth full season with Bayern Munich, having made 80 appearances with five goals and ten assists.
Bayern Munich has not lost a Matchday 1 match in 11 years (1-0 vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2011/12). They are vying for a record-tying 11th consecutive Bundesliga title.
Frankfurt: Trapp - Toure, Tuta, N’Dicka - Knauff, Sow, Rode (c), Kostic - Lindstrom, Götze - Borre
Out: Buta (knee), Onguene (thigh)
Coach: Oliver Glasner
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies - Kimmich, Sabitzer - Gnabry, Müller, Musiala - Mane
Out: Coman (suspended), Goretzka (knee)
Doubtful: Choupo-Moting (groin), Sarr (knee)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Bayern Munich has occupied an absolute psychological advantage, with a 7-0-3 record in last 10 battles between them. The most recent battle was Bayern 1-0 on the road. Bayern Munich are well prepared for the opening game of the Bundesliga and there is no doubt about their intentions. The difference in strength between the two sides is obvious, so we are optimistic that Bayern will win this match with at least 1 goal.
Predict Bayern Munich will win with multiple goals, recommendation: Asian Handicap: Bayern Munich -1
ClevPicks Prediction: Bayern Munich -1
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