Bayern Munich vs PSV by Gustav
After their draw at home against Koln at home before the international break, everyone thought the team will respond away from home against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, but the Bavarians were held to a 2:2 draw this time. It was their third consecutive game in all competitions that the team didn't win and fourth in a row would simply be too much for the squad of their quality.
Things actually started well for them in Frankfurt, taking the lead in tenth minute with a goal from Robben, but Huszti leveled up just before the halftime whistle. Kimmich re-installed the lead for the Bavarians in the 62nd minute and the team looked well, especially increasing the chances of winning once their hosts stood playing with a man less three minutes later, but failed to be more concrete in attack even though they had more of the ball possession. Punishment came in 78th minute with an equalizer from Fabian, leaving little time to the visitors to repond. Bayern is now still first at the table, but with two points more than Koln and Leipzig. As for the Champions League, with three points out of two matches and a defeat away to Atletico, the team is in a must win situation ahead of this match.
Bayern is set to play in their more or less ussual 4-3-3 formation with Costa and Muller on the wings and Lewandowski as central striker. Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels could start as central defenders against PSV. Winger/midfielder Franck Ribery is their only injury concern ahead of this match. Vidal and Costa are doubtful for this match, but should recover on time.
PSV, on the other side, is also having a bit of a drop in their form in recent weeks, especially when looking at Eredivisie since there's not much teams there that could match them in quality, at least not on the paper. They come from a 1:1 home draw against Heracles last weekend, which was their third straight draw in all competitions, second one in Eredivisie.
However, it needs to be said that the players of PSV simply did much more on the field and deserved more than a point, but it wasn't a good day for their strikers. Visitors took the lead first in 39th minute, PSV replied just two minutes later via Pereiro and continued dominating the game till the last moment, but without changing the scoreline. They are now only at fourth position at the table, with already nine points less than leaders from Feyenoord, which is surely a worrying situation. The team also stands third (sharing third position) with Rostov in Champions League with a point earned so far and it seems that Europa League exit will be their realistic target for this season, unless they make a miracle in this one.
Visitors from Eindhoven should also continue in 4-3-3 formation with Pereiro and Narsingh on the wings, plus Jong as their number nine. Defensive midfielder Joritt Hendrix (7/1) is missing here, with Bart Ramselaar in line to deputise him this time. Jurgan Locadia and Luuk Koopmans remain injured from the start of the season. De Jong is having some injury problems for this match, but should recover on time.
Bayern Munich will now be fired up to bounce back from their setbacks in recent weeks and it seems that they couldn't wish for much better opponent. Their preparations for this match weren't ideal after a point taken away to Eintracht Frankfurt, while the visitors themselves are also not in the best possible form. I expect a German team to give a great response here and completely outplay the opponent from first till last minute.