Bayern Munich host Fortuna at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 5:30pm local time. The champions, and in particular their coach Niko Kovac, are under pressure for toiling down in 5th place, 7 points behind the top of the Bundesliga table. The visitors are newly promoted Fortuna, who won the second tier last season, but currently sit in the relegation places as they approach this match.

Home Team: Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are looking for a 7th consecutive league title, but their title defence has got off to an appalling start. The club have already dropped 13 points so far this season, whereas last season they had only dropped 18 points in the entire campaign. Prior to the international break, we as fans, witnessed arguably the game of the season so far in Bundesliga when Borussia Dortmund overcome Bayern Munich 3-2 in a scintillating match, that proves Bayern Munich will have an almighty task in order to retain their title.

The first half display was easily their best performance of the season, but the team are leaking many goals at the back conceding 14 goals already. Bayern Munich’s home form has been far from flattering, picking up just 8 points from a possible 15, as teams such as FC Augsburg, SC Freiburg and Borussia Monchengladbach have all walked away with draws or wins. Can they get back to winning ways this weekend?

Away Team: Fortuna Dusseldorf

Fortuna were promoted for Bundesliga for the 24th time in their history this season, but they already face a battle to keep their top flight status. In 17th position, they have only won two games in the league, and both games were at home. The side have only taken 2 points from a 15 available on their travels, and have a goal difference of -14. Whereas Bayern Munich had lost before the international break, Fortuna had earned their most impressive win of the season so far, beating Hertha Berlin 4-1, but their opponents in that game were reduced to 10 men for 50 minutes. Fortuna’s most disappointing moment of the season was when they were dismantled 7-1 to Frankfurt last month, with 5 of them goals scored by one player. Fortuna will be praying for there to be no repeat of that when they take on German giants Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Head to Head

In overall history, Bayern Munich have been largely dominant in this fixture, winning 7 of their last 8 meetings. Dusseldorf’s last win against Bayern Munich was back in 1991. The sides haven’t met too many times in recent years, with just two matches since the turn of the millennium in the 2012/2013 season when Bayern Munich were treble winners. Bayern Munich had won away from home 5-0 that year, but the match at the Allianz Stadium was a lot closer, with a 3-2 score line.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Bayern Munich are at 1/14 to get a win, making them almost dead-certs. A draw for the visitors is at 10/1 and a first win for 27 years is at 25/1. Bayern Munich have won less than 50% of their matches at home this season, so the odds are a tad perplexing, but you would have to be bold to back against Bayern Munich getting a win here. I would opt for a 3-0 home win at 6/1. Fortuna Dusseldorf have conceded at least two goals per game in every away game, so that would suggest that Bayern will score 3+ goals here at 1/3, but if you want to win more with riskier bets, then predict Fortuna to hold Bayern Munich to a draw at half time, and then Bayern Munich to win the match in the second half, then bet on a Draw/Bayern Munich HT/FT bet priced at 10/3.

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