Treble-winning coach Jupp Heynckes will be back in the Allianz Arena dugout for the first time since May 2013 as Bayern Munich look to return to winning ways against in-form Freiburg on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
New coach Heynckes has a full in-tray at Bayern, although his main priority will be returning the side to winning ways, after the Bavarians threw away a two-goal lead in each of the last two games for the first time in their long Bundesliga history. How the 72-year-old sends out his side will offer fascinating clues for how he intends to approach the rest of the season. He will be without the injured Franck Ribery, so crucial in the 2012/13 treble-winning season, and is expected to restore Javi Martinez in holding midfield, where the Spaniard played in Matchday 7’s 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin, in the injury-enforced absence of Thiago.
Facing a wounded Bayern promises to be a tough task for Freiburg, tougher still considering that the Black Forest club have never won in Munich. Christian Streich’s troops come into this one on a high, though, having recorded a first win of the season on Matchday 7, beating Hoffenheim by a 3-2 scoreline.
Watch: Bayern threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Hertha Berlin in the capital last time out
Bayern Munich: Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Martinez, Vidal – Robben, James, Müller (c) – Lewandowski
Absentees: Thiago (ankle), Neuer (foot), Bernat (match fitness), Ribery (knee)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Freiburg: Schwolow – Lienhart, Schuster (c), Söyüncü – Stenzel, Günter, Frantz, Höfler – Niederlechner, Terrazzino, Haberer
Absentees: Niedermeier (back), Gulde (back), Kempf (muscular), Meffert (foot), Abrashi (ankle)
Coach: Christian Streich
- Heynckes’ last home game in charge of Bayern came in May 2013: a 3-0 win against Augsburg. Thomas Müller opened the scoring.
- Bayern’s last home game ended in a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg: the last time the Bavarians went two home matches in a row without a win was in April 2014.
- Freiburg come into this one in good shape: Streich’s side picked up their first win of the season last weekend and are unbeaten in the last three games, their longest run without defeat this calendar year.
- Freiburg have only take one point from the last seven Bundesliga away games (a 0-0 draw at Werder Bremen on Matchday 6).
- The Black Forest club have lost 24 times in the Bundesliga to Bayern, more than against any other club.
- Furthermore, Freiburg have never won in Munich (D2 L15).
- Robert Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in 11 Bundesliga games against Freiburg, registering a brace on five separate occasions.