Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bayern München vs 1. FC Köln (Bundesliga Week 8) Preview

This week Bayern München stays at home to play against under achieved Köln. Both teams desperately need all 3 points to achieve their own goal. Obviously Bayern München has the clear advantage and Köln needs some miracle to win at Allianz Arena. Now here's the preview:

Bayern München: Bayern München had lost the important match against Hamburger SV away and led them drop to the 7th position with 6 points trailing. In order to avoid the further slip, Bayern München must win this game to climb up the table. Arjen Robben unfortunately was injured in the Juventus clash and so far he undergoes the MRI. However, Ivica Olic is ready to relieve his place. Franck Ribery is starting to get better in terms of fitness and I believe he will play for full 90 minutes again. Mario Gomez is likely to start as he is fit enough to play. Even Robben is not likely to play this Saturday, I believe Ribery, Olic, and Gomez are good enough to win this game.
What makes Bayern München to win: Quick tempo. This is what they did well in Juventus clash. I believe Köln will concentrate the defence and wait for the fast counter attack. So quick passing and speedy runs will make them easier to score and win the game easier.
What makes them down: Scoring. The recent two non-winning matches showed that Bayern München was stuck at scoring goals. Gomez, Miroslav Klose, and Thomas Müller were quiet and failed to score goals. I believe they must finish well and score goals in order to win the game.

1. FC Köln: So far it is very disappointing in the start of the season as they only managed to get 4 points in 7 matches. The return of Lukas Podolski did not help too much to the team as he was always got isloated. Milivoje Novakovic was supposed to assist him but he was struggling with injury. Sebastian Freis now is the only striker who can guarantee to assist Podolski and he will be the important player in the match. On the other hand, the defence was very disappointing and I believe they will lose goals.
What makes 1. FC Köln to win: Counter attacks. Even Podolski did not help the team too much, their counter attack is quite fast. Along with Freis, I believe they can threaten Bayern München in some extent.
What makes them down: Fragile defence. They have conceded 10 goals in 7 matches so far. It is not good enough for the start of the season. Also, it showed the sign that their defence is not good enough for the all season long challenge. So they will have a big loss if they concede goals early.

General prediction: I believe early goal will determine the final result. Bayern München will attack Köln early and hope to score the early goal. Gomez, Ribery, and Olic will not wait and hesitate to attack Köln early and try to get their monkey off their back. With the home court advantage, I believe Bayern München is able to score goal early and have a big win.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bayern München vs Juventus (UEFA Champions League Matchday 2) Preview

Tonight Bayern München will host the Champions League blockbuster against Juventus. This is an important group match but not fatal. Plus they have league matches to concern so that I believe the match will be close and high quality, but not intense. Now here's the preview:

Bayern München: Bayern München did well in the last Champions League match and led them to have a lead in Group A. Even last week they have lost the important top table clash against Hamburger SV, they still have high moral and full fitness. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will start this match, but the starting striker is still a question, Ivica Olic and Mario Gomez have a fair chance to get into the starting lineup. I believe Louis van Gaal will not play any tricks on the formation and tactics, and he will stick into the winning 4-3-3 formation. So the pace will be their way to win.
What makes Bayern München to win: Pace. As mentioned, Ribery and Robben are the fast paced players that bring so much threats to the opposition in terms of pace. On the other hand, it is predicted that Bayern München will tend to play counter attacks, as Fabio Cannavaro and Nicola Legrottagli are not the fast paced defender. So fast paced attack will nake them win.
What makes them down: Midfield domination. Bayern München must control the midfield in order to provide better counter attack. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is playing an important role in order to stop Diego. If Tymoshchuk does his job, Bayern München is very likely to win.

Juventus: Juventus missed the chance to win the last Champions League match as they failed to score the second goal to win. Same as last week's Italian Serie A, they failed to score one more goal and led their opponent Bologna equalized the game at the very last minute. It showed that they need to score goals in order to secure their win. Diego is likely to start this match who is back from injury and he will play a very important role in the game. Vincenzo Iaquinta and David Trezeguet are likely to start the match and they must finish the play well in order to win at Allianz Arena.
What makes Juventus to win: Midfield creation. Diego plays an important role on the creation. If Diego does his job well, I believe the finishing from Iaquinta and Trezeguet will also be improved. So the Germany return trip of Diego will be essential.
What makes them down: Finishing. As mentioned, they have to score more goals in order to win. As Bayern München attack are fast paced and threatening, they have to lead more than one goal in order to make Bayern München harder to bounce back.

General prediction: I believe this match will be very high quality but not very intense. Both teams will cancel each other out and it is very hard to determine who will be the winner. Bayern München will have upper hand as they have home court advantage. However, Bayern München will be happy to get a draw as they will still maintain the lead. On the other hand, Juventus will not be urged to get an away win as they should realize that the most important matches are the two-match series against Maccabi Haifa, which they must take all 6 points. So, I believe Bayern München has the upper hand but draw is likely to happen.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hamburger SV vs Bayern München (Bundesliga Week 7) Preview

This week's Bundesliga have a blockbuster clash, which Hamburger SV will host the match against Bayern München. Both teams are in hot streak now so it is predicted to have an exciting clash. Now here's the preview:

Hamburger SV: Hamburger SV is still unbeaten in the league at the moment. New player Eljero Elia did so great that brought lots of threats from the left flank. Even though Jose Paolo Guerrero is injured until the end of this year, Elia can take the scoring job well. Marcus Berg is in a good run as he makes lots of running and create space for the other teammates. Ze Roberto will play against his old teammates and he will do his best to dominate the midfield. However, the loss of the DFB Pokal did affect their fitness as they played full 120 minutes plus the penalty shootout with full strength. So I believe this will hurt them a lot and maybe the driving factor to lose this match.
What makes Hamburger SV win: Midfield domination. Ze Roberto is the factor that leads Hamburger SV to dominate the midfield all the time. He makes lots of runs and tackle to control the midfield. With the cover from captain David Jarolim, Ze Roberto even can score goals. So this is the factor that Hamburger SV must fulfill and win.
What makes them down: Team fatigue. As mentioned above briefly, Hamburger SV had a huge problem on the team fatigue. They played 120 minutes plus penalty shootout for nothing in the end in DFB Pokal. It will damage their physical fitness as well as the morality. So they must bite their lips and look forward in this blockbuster.

Bayern München: Bayern München had a red hot run since the arrival of Arjen Robben. They recorded 5 wins in a row in all matches and at least scored 2 goals each game. I believe Bayern München finally found the one who could match Franck Ribery. Ivica Olic is also in hot form and he can integrate into the new tactics as well. So even Mario Gomez is in good form, it is not guaranteed that he will start the match. I believe Ribery, Robben, and the returning to Hamburg's Olic will start the game, plus hot Thomas Müller to form an attacking combination. Daniel van Buyten however may not fit enough to play and this will be the setback for Bayern München. So Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will be very important as he needs to stop the play in midfield in advance.
What makes Bayern München to win: Morality. Bayern München reached the highest morality in this moment and they are hungry for reaching the higher morality. Plus they did not waste too much energy in the midweek's DFB Pokal as they sent a second tier team to win. So Ribery, Robben, Holger Badstuber, and Tymoshchuk are fully fit for this match.
What makes them down: Central defence. As mentioned, van Buyten may not fit enough to play. If this is a case, this will hurt the team very much as he is in red hot form. Badstuber can do his job well but I do not have faith on the replacement of van Buyten, Breno. So van Buyten must be back or there will be a lot of pressure on Bayern München defence.

Key of the match: Fullbacks. I believe Ze Roberto and Tymoshchuk will cancel each other out and the midfield will not be dominated by anybody. So the key will go to the flanks. Elia and Piotr Trochowski are good wingers and they make so many assists to their strikers. Same in Bayern München, Ribery and Robben are the world class wingers and they are actually the scoring source. So the fullbacks from each side must stop the opposite wingers plus they have to participate in the attack in order to put an extra pressure on the flanks. Simply speaking, better wingers win the game.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bayern München vs Oberhausen (DFB Pokal 2nd Rd) Preview

Tonight Bayern München will play the DFB Pokal Second Round against Second Division Oberhausen at home. Speculation suggested that Bayern München will rest some players in order to let some players to prepare the Saturday important Bundesliga against Hamburger SV. On the other hand, Oberhausen do not have any pressure and they are more than happy if they can make surprises. In this preview I will focus on Bayern München as I do have limited information on Oberhausen.

Bayern München had recorded 4 wins in a row from all kinds of matches. Their morality is excellent and everyone is confident. Bastian Schweinsteiger did better and better to be a central midfielder to control the attacking flow and holding the midfield. I believe he will play this match even though the Saturday match is important. However, Arjen Robben and Holger Badstuber may rest match. So, Luca Toni may set for the comeback debut and Breno also may set for his season debut. Franck Ribery maybe the substitute once again and I believe Mario Gomez or Miroslav Klose will start this match and Toni will be the substitute.

What makes Bayern München to win: Class. No doubt, Bayern München is above of them at all sorts. Better in attack, better in defence, and better in finishing will make Bayern München to have an easy win. So all they have to do is not to get reckless.
What makes them down: Complacency. Last Bundesliga Bayern München showed how careless they were. They all thought they would win easily when they were 1 goal up but the opposition caught them napping and got the equalizing goal. Lucky for Bayern München that they could rush for another goal in time. So Bayern München must get this lesson in this match.
General prediction: Very obvious, Bayern München will have an easy win. There may not be a lot of goals as it is not their style plus they have to reserve some energy for the Hamburger SV clash this Saturday. So I believe Bayern München will start walking and keeping their possession after they secure their win. My tip: Bayern München win 3-0.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bayern München vs Nürnberg (Bunedsliga Week 6) Preview

Bayern München is back in action from Champions League to play against Nürnberg this Saturday. Bayern München is officially back in contention after 2 comprehensive victory against VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund. On the other hand, Nürnberg is also back in action after the victory last week. Now here's the preview.

Bayern München: Since Arjen Robben arrived, Bayern München seemed like they have found the missing puzzle. They had 3 wins in a row, including the midweek Champions League. The defence looked better in Tuesday match but it is still unknown for the goalkeeping problem. Hans-Jörg Butt did not have any big test in Champions League but he did have lots of confident problem last Saturday. Even though Bayern München is back at home, the performance of Butt needs to be further proven. On the other hand, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez did not play for the whole match in Tuesday so I believe they have full strength. Thomas Müller is very fit currently and I believe he can bring surprises to the opposition again.
What makes Bayern München to win: Quality. No doubt, the quality is far better than the opposition. I believe Robben, Ribery, and Gomez will definitely make lots of trouble to the opposition. If Gomez finishes better together with red hot Müller, I believe they can score a lot of goals.
What makes Bayern München down: Goalkeeping. As I mentioned, Bayern München did not have big test in Tuesday so this week is another good test for Butt to prove himself that he is able to be the first choice goalkeeper, for at least this season. If Butt make any cheap error again, Bayern München may not be that lucky to escape this time.

FC Nürnberg: Promoted again Nürnberg did not start really well, especially they found they were a bit outclassed in terms of attacking. Marek Mintal is very important player as he connects the players well. However, Nürnberg did not have good striker to support him. Christian Eigler and Issac Boakye are supposed to support Mintal but none of them can do the job well. It may because they are at the higher level and they need some time to work out. I believe there is not so much expectation for them when they are facing the red hot Bayern München. Snatching a draw will be their only wish in this match.
What makes Nürnberg to win: Stubborn defence. Even though the attacking is not so well, their defence is pretty good so far. They showed their discipline and the opposition was not easy to score against them. They have to work harder in order to prevent any early goals against them.
What makes Nürnberg down: Attacking. No doubt, they are outclassed by the opposition as they do not have any world class attacker so they need to work better in the attacking. Mintal needs to work better as his composure is the best in the team.

General prediction: Early goal will rule the game. Bayern München is expected to attack and dominate the match as Nürnberg focuses on defence and counter attacking. If Bayern München scores first, the game will become one-sided as Bayern München is not bad at defence this season so far. As Bayern München also has the home court advantage, I believe Bayern München do not have any problem on winning. My tip: Bayern München wins 3-0.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Maccai Haifa vs Bayern München (UEFA Champions League Match 1) Preview

Bayern München tonight will start their first European match this season. They will travel to Tel Aviv, Israel to play against Maccabi Haifa. This preview I will focus on previewing Bayern München on this match.

Bayern München had two wins in a row and they thrashed Borussia Dortmund 5-1 that definitely boosted their confidence. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben started to get more chemistry and led the other teammates to gain more confidence. Mario Gomez at the same time started to gain some confidence as well he scored the goal last Saturday. However, Bastian Schweinsteiger was not at the peak form even he scored a nice long shot last Saturday. Since the arrival of Robben, Schweinsteiger now changed his role in the team, that was holding the midfield and switching the plays from short side to open side. So this match Schweinsteiger needs to do well in the role in order to lead the team win.

What makes Bayern München to win: Quality of possession. No doubt, Bayern München is far better than Maccabi Haifa in terms of quality, but they have to show it out. Quality of possession is highly required as Maccabi Haifa is expected to counter attack Bayern München. So Bayern München must have a high quality of possession in order to score goals and win the game. Robben and Ribery need to lead the attack well in order to achieve this.
What makes Bayern München down: Goalkeeping. I believe the counter attack from Maccabi Haifa will not be too threatening when facing a high quality team like this one tonight. The concern is both Hans-Jörg Butt and Michael Rensing fail to impress and give confidence to the teammates and fans when they start the match. Last Satuday Butt nearly lost more than 1 goals from his own schoolboy error. This is what Bayern München urgently solve before the match starts.
General preview: Bayern München should win this one easily. Even Maccabi Hafia has the half home court advantage (note: the home court of Maccabi Haifa is not qualified for European matches, so the match move to Tel Aviv), Bayern München should take the advantage easily. An easy win is expected but Bayern München will not go too far and too hard as they have to prepare the Bundesliga match back home in order to chase up the top table. My tip: Bayern München win 3-0.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern München (Bundesliga Week 5) Preview

Last week players were on international duty so Bundesliga had suspended for a week. This week Bundesliga is back to action and Borussia Dortmund will host a national derby against Bayern München. Now here is the preview:

Borussia Dortmund: Last match Dortmund failed to win against Eintract Frankfurt showed the problem of finishing. Since Alexander Frei had gone back to Switzerland, the team did not have a successor to success his effective finishing skills. Sebastian Kehl is currently injured but I believe there is not much impact on the team as the team has adepted the life without him. Tinga is very important in the team as he can hold the midfield very well, especially Florian Kringe has been loaned to Hertha Berlin.
What makes Borussia Dortmund to win: Midfield defence. Tinga can take this job well and he can start the counter attack effectively. Mats Hummels at the same time can relieve Tinga in midfield defence as he is very flexible in the defensive line.
What make them down: Finishing. As mentioned, no striker is trustable in this moment. Nelson Valdez and Muhamad Zidan cannot convert the plays into practical goals well so the opposition will have an easy time to defend against them.

Bayern München: Bayern München finally started winning after the arrival of Arjen Robben. He scored two goals against VfL Wolfsburg and led the team won 3-0 at home. It proved that Robben could relieve the pressure of Franck Ribery as Robben could lead the attack as good as Ribery. This week Ribery is not likely to start but Robben can take his job. Miroslav Klose stays at München for fitness training so he is not going to play. Ivica Olic can take his job along with Mario Gomez in attack. As Gomez has to prove himself, he will play harder in this match in order to prove he is worth 30 million Euro.
What makes Bayern München to win: Fast attacks. As Robben arrived in the team, the whole team attack had been sped up a lot. Fast attacks and counter attacks will be the key of winning in this match. If Ribery is substituted in the middle of second half, it will be more threatening and is likely to score more goals.
What makes them down: Aerial defence. The match against VfL Wolfsburg showed that their aerial defence was very weak. There were at least two chances for Wolfsburg to score but Bayern München was lucky enough to escape. So this time Bayern München must be careful for their aerial defence.

Match preview: I believe defence is the deciding factor in this match. Borussia Dortmund seems better in defence but Bayern München is better at the attacks. However, Bayern München's weak aerial defence makes this match to become uncertain. So the winner should be the team who has better defence to stop the attacks.