Fans tuning into the Bundesliga for the first time last Sunday got a glimpse at one of the world’s best teams, Bayern Munich.
The Bavarians looked thoroughly professional in their first game back, earning a comfortable 2-0 win at Union Berlin. Bayern held a possession percentage of 62-38 and allowed just two shots on target.
Robert Lewandowski scored the first goal with a well-taken penalty kick that sent the keeper the wrong way. That brought his season goal total to 26 in league play and 40 across all competitions. It’s the fifth season in a row he has hit the 40-goal plateau, something only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have achieved before.
Bayern head coach Hansi Flick said he thinks Lewandowski could challenge Gerd Muller’s record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga campaign. To equal the record, he’d have to average close to two goals per game over Bayern’s final eight games. That’s quite a tall task, but certainly not impossible for one of the world’s best strikers.
His next chance to increase his goal tally will come Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena in Munich. Frankfurt, coming off a 3-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach last Saturday, sits 13th in the league table with 28 points and a game in hand on everyone above, and is just 11 points away from the last Europa League qualification spot.
Die Adler (German for “The Eagles”) have been a deceptively tough side; though they sit in the bottom half of the table, they have the seventh-best goal differential (minus-5), ranking ahead of perceived higher quality sides such as Schalke and Hoffenheim. They also have some of the sharpest-looking kits (home, away and alternate) in the Bundesliga, and they have an American on their team: Timothy Chandler.
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Another Bayern player to watch is Canadian left back Alphonso Davies, who has taken the world by storm with his stellar play. His blistering pace makes him a nightmare for opposing defenders and allows him to track down even the fastest wingers in the Bundesliga. He’s only 19 but he already has soccer pundits wondering if he’s the best left back in the world.
Don’t forget about the old guys, either. Thomas Muller may have hit 30 this season, but he leads the Bundesliga with 16 assists. And 34-year-old goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is still a world-class player between the posts; in 26 games, he and the Bayern defense have only allowed 26 goals, the fewest in the league.
Bayern has a four-point cushion at the top of the Bundesliga, and with second-place Dortmund traveling to face a tough Wolfsburg side, it might have an opportunity to extend that lead with a win Saturday.
What time is Bayern Munich playing today?
- Date: Saturday, May 23
- Start time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Bayern Munich will kick off at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at Allianz Arena.
How to watch Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt in USA
- TV channel: FS1, Fox Deportes
- Live stream: fuboTV
Fox Sports is the broadcast home for the biggest Bundesliga games in the United States. This weekend’s game between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt will be broadcast in English on FS1. The game will also be broadcast in Spanish on Fox Deportes. Fans who don’t have cable can stream the game on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Bayern Munich schedule
Here’s a look at Bayern Munich’s schedule for the remainder of the Bundesliga season. It includes three games against teams in the top five of the table: at Borussia Dortmund (May 26), at Bayer Leverkusen (June 5-8) and at home against Borussia Monchengladbach (June 12-14).
|May 23||vs. Eintracht Frankfurt|
|May 26||at Borussia Dortmund|
|May 30||vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf|
|June 5-8||at Bayer Leverkusen|
|June 12-14||vs. Borussia Monchengladbach|
|June 16-17||at Werder Bremen|
|June 20||vs. Freiburg|
|June 27||at Wolfsburg|
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