German Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich and DfB Pokal holders Wolfsburg play each other in season opener tie of German Super Cup.
In the last six meetings between the sides, Wolfsburg have won one while Bayern have won the reminaing five encounter. Bayern leads the goal tally with 18-7 in those matches. The most recent match between the sides ended 4-1 in favor of home team Wolfsburg in a league encounter on January. Bas Dost opened the scoring in the 4th minute before doubling it in 45th minute. Kevin De Bruyne then scored a second half brace to hammer the champions. Juan Bernat got the only goal for Bayern in the 55th minute.
Bayern will be without Franck Ribery, Holger Badstuber and Jan Kirchhoff for this match as the trio is sidelines with injury. New signing Arturo Vidal might feature for the bench as he has not linked up with the squad yet. Center backs Dante, Medhi Benatia and Javi Martinez are all lacking fitness and are doubtful to start. Arjen Robben is also expected to feature from the bench with no risks taken ahead of the season. Guadriola will play either of Mario Gotze and Douglas Costa ahead of the match.
Wolfsburg are sweating on the fitness of last season’s heroes Bas Dost and Kevin De Bruyne and might not risk the duo from the start. Luiz Gustavo is not fully fit and might start from the bench. Felipe Lopes will not feature in the match following his injury. Aaron Hunt will play only if De Bruyne’s condition worsens as the German is also lacking full fitness.
Probable Starting Lineups:
Rafinha – Jerome Boateng – David Alaba
Phillip Lahm – Xabi Alonso – Thiago Alcantara – Juan Bernat
Thomas Muller – Robert Lewandowski – Douglas Costa
Ricardo Rodriguez – Timm Klose – Naldo – Vieirinha
Maximillian Arnold – Joshua Guilavogui
Andre Schurrle – Kevin De Bruyne – Daniel Caligiuri
Wolfsburg loooked off their paces in pre-season against Arsenal but Bayern have been playing well and could cap off the start of the season with a title.
Bayern Munich 3-0 Wolfsburg