Matchday in focus: Record champions with added flexibility

Eintracht are looking to end their long barren run in Munich on Sunday.


Bayern’s new coach Julian Nagelsmann has already used a number of different formations this season. In their last league game against Greuther Fürth, the Bavarians lined up in a 3-4-2-1 system having mainly played with a 4-2-3-1 before that in the Bundesliga as well as in the cup and Champions League.


SGE captain Sebastian Rode remains sidelined with a knee injury. Martin Pecar, Christopher Lenz and Evan Ndicka will also miss out again, while Erik Durm (concussion), Makoto Hasebe (cramp) and Martin Hinteregger (circulation problems) are doubts.

For Bayern, second-choice goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and Benjamin Pavard are unavailable. Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman are both battling to be fit.

One to watch: Joshua Kimmich

FC Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich.

Joshua Kimmich is enjoying the most prolific spell of his career under Nagelsmann. After netting his first Bundesliga brace against VfL Bochum on Matchday 5, the 26-year-old followed that up a week later with his third goal of the campaign against Fürth. Kimmich has therefore already scored almost as many goals this season as he did in the whole of 2020/21 (four).


Sunday will be the 101st meeting between Eintracht and Bayern in the Bundesliga. Werder Bremen (102 matches) are the only side the Eagles have faced more often in the top flight.

Sebastian Rode will miss Sunday's game against his former club.

The German record champions have won each of their last 12 home league matches against SGE.

Eintracht come into this game on a run of five successive draws in the league, with the last four all ending 1-1.


In the 101 previous encounters between the two sides since the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, Bayern have won 55, Eintracht 23, while 22 have finished all square.

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