Bayern host their favorite opponents, Hamburg, at the Allianz Arena in what should prove an entertaining match.
Kick Off in the Allianz Arena will be at 9:30 am EST. The match will be aired on Fox Sports 2 and can be streamed from Fox Sports Go or Fox Soccer2GO.
Jerome Boateng is still sidelined, but it seems that Franck Ribery could make his return to the starting XI–or at least the bench–this weekend.
What to Watch For
On the Right Side of History. Hamburg have lost their past seven games at the Allianz Arena and have not recorded a win in Munich in almost ten years. These matches include 9-2 and 8-0 victories for Die Roten within recent years. Hamburg have become Bayern’s favorite opposition so expect nothing short of utter domination on Saturday from the men in red.
Squad Rotation. With an important DFB Cup fixture taking place midweek, this match may serve as an opportunity to rotate the squad. Hamburg are by no means the toughest opposition Bayern will face in these crowded couple of weeks, so look to see a few of the younger guys starting. That being said, Ancelotti has proved all to often that he highly values experience, even if it means possibly tiring some of the older guys (*cough* Alonso *cough*). Hopefully, however, Carlo opts for a happy medium between the two and everybody can be happy.
Kimmich at Right Back? Following on the same point previously made, could we possibly see “the Kid” make an appearance at right back? Last week Ancelotti reported that he considered Kimmich to be the “new Philipp Lahm” and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge even suggested himself that Kimmich could be the future right back for Bayern Munich, turning to Kimmich’s role for the German national team to support this. If this is the case, then Joshua needs to start playing their immediately to familiarize himself with the role. Hamburg provide the perfect opposition for Ancelotti to test out Kimmich as a right back if that is indeed his plan for the future.
Costa – Thiago – Coman
Sanches – Vidal
Bernat – Martinez – Hummels – Kimmich