In their opening game of the season, Bayern Munich will travel to the Deutsche Bank Park on Friday evening, August 5, to take on Eintracht Frankfurt.
Frankfurt has had a relatively quiet transfer window, but it has bought a few players from rival Bayer Leverkusen, including Mario Gotze and Argentinian striker Lucas Alario.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich has been splashing the cash this summer, adding Sadio Mane from Liverpool FC, Matthijs De Light from Juventus, Ryan Gravenberch from AFC Ajax, and Noussair Mazraoui from AFC Ajax.
However, they have also sold Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, which could have a significant negative impact on them this season.
Both teams enjoyed a largely fruitful preseason. In addition to defeating FC Magdeburg in the DFB Pokal first round, Frankfurt defeated Torino.
Bayern, meanwhile, defeated RB Leipzig by a score of 5 to 3 to win the DFL Supercup on Saturday. They also played against D.C. United and Manchester City.
Sadio Mane sensation will attempt to accomplish the same in his debut Bundesliga game on Friday, but the defending champions face a challenging task in Frankfurt.
In their league encounters over the previous two years, Bayern and Eintracht have split victories equally, and the host team is still on a high after finishing the previous campaign by winning a significant European trophy once more.
Oliver Glasner, the head coach of Frankfurt, only has two injured players to worry about:
Right back Aurélio Buta and center defender Jérôme Onguéné. Mario Gotze, a recent acquisition, might start and try to make an impression in his new team’s debut.
In contrast, Julian Nagelsmann has several injuries as well as substantial player bans. Leon Goretzka, a midfielder, is expected to miss the game owing to an injury, and Kingsley Coman won’t play because of a suspension. Bouna Sarr, a defender, and Eric Choupo-Moting, a striker, both have questions.
Potential Lineups (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Trapp, Toure, Tuta, N’Dicka, Knauff, Sow, Rode, Kostic, Lindstrom, Götze, and Borre.
Potential Lineups (Bayern Munich)
Neuer, Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, and Davies for Bayern Munich Mane, Müller, Musiala, Sabitzer, Kimich, and Gnabry.
Knauff, Ansgar (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Last year, Eintracht Frankfurt had a terrible domestic season, finishing an unsatisfying 11th. Last season, Eintracht Frankfurt scored 45 goals and conceded 49 goals in 34 games.
They did better in Europe, where they ultimately won the Europa league. Teenager Ansgar Knauff was one of the players that stood in his way of achievement.
Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich)
Sadio Mane is a player of talent, and anyone who has followed the Premier League over the past few seasons is sure to be aware of this.
For this reason, it came as a bit of a surprise when he decided to leave Liverpool for Bayern.
Mane was a key contributor for Liverpool who helped the team win the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2020.
Mane participated in 51 games last season and managed to score 23 goals, 16 of which were from the Premier League.
Robert Lewandowski, who departed Bayern after a stellar two seasons, has joined Barcelona, and Bayern will be hoping that Mane can fill the void he has left.
Mane has already made an impact on his new team, scoring against DC United in a pre-season friendly and contributing significantly to Bayern’s DFL Supercup victory.
Nagelsmann and Bayern Munich will be hoping that Mane can play a significant part for them this season and assist them not only win every domestic title but also win the Champions League.
He did so under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Head to Head.
The teams of Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt played a total of 20 matches beginning in 1992, with Bayern Munich winning 34 and Eintracht Frankfurt playing in 9 draws.
When Bayern Munich and Eintracht faced off, Bayern prevailed. Before the 2022–23 season, only 24 of the 102 Bundesliga games between the teams had ended in a loss for the six-time European champions.
Frankfurt, meanwhile, has a drastically different ratio. The 2021/22 UEFA Europa League champions won 20, tied 16, and lost 15 last season.
Previous Four Games.
2020: B. Frankfurt 5-0 E. Munich.
2021: B. Munich defeats E. Frankfurt 2-1.
B. Munich, 1-2; E. Frankfurt, 2021/2022.
Feb. 2022: B. Munich defeats E. Frankfurt 1-0.
The match, which appears to be a fierce confrontation, will be held at Deutsche Bank Park. The actual game begins at 8:00 p.m.
Will Eintracht Frankfurt pull off the season’s first major upset or will Bayern Munich get off to a strong start?