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Bayern look to pick points on the road
Dec 16, 2017-
Bayern Munich travel to Stuttgart on Saturday for their final match before the Bundesliga’s winter break with a nine-point lead and on a run of 13 wins in 14 games in all competitions.
Robert Lewandowski is a good bet for more goals in Stuttgart. The Poland striker has 21 goals in all competitions and scored in 12 of Bayern’s 16 league games this season. Bayern must brush off fatigue and rediscover some creativity after Wednesday’s lacklustre 1-0 win over last-place Cologne when Lewandowski showed quick reactions to hit a second-half winner. He still looks fresh despite already playing 24 games, but Bayern need to buy an under-study, reportedly they plan to sign Hoffenheim’s Sandro Wagner before the knockout stages of the Champions League.
In Stuttgart, Bayern should have Sven Ulreich back in goal after recovering from a groin injury even though understudy Tom Starke, 36, has kept clean sheets in their last two games.
Salomon Kalou’s Hertha Berlin travel to third-placed RB Leipzig for Sunday’s east German derby looking to prolong the hosts’ winless streak. Faltering Leipzig are winless in their last four games, including their 2-1 home defeat Besiktas, which confirmed their Champions League exit. Ex-Chelsea striker Kalou, 32, netted twice in Hertha’s 3-1 win at home to Hanover on Wednesday to give him three goals in two games after his late equaliser poached a point at Augsburg last Sunday.
“Leipzig are very strong and play good football, but we want to take at least a point,” said Kalou as Hertha look to avenge their 2-0 defeat at Leipzig in December 2016.
Cologne vs Wolfsburg (2015 NST)
Werder vs Mainz (2015 NST)
Eintracht vs Schalke (2015 NST)
Augsburg vs Freiburg (2015 NST)
Stuttgart Vs Bayern (2015 NST)
Dortmund vs Hoffenheim (2315 NST)
(All matches on Saturday)
Published: 16-12-2017 09:31