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Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Darmstadt

Tom Dunstan in Bundesliga, Free Soccer Predictions 26 Oct 2023

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Verdict: Harry Kane to score 2+ goals

Best Odds: 6/4

Bookmaker: Luckster

Looking to extend on their recent purple patch this weekend, Bayern Munich will welcome Darmstadt to the Allianz Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, putting in another rampant performance while on Champions League duties in midweek, Bayern Munich are enjoying what has quickly become a major flurry. Eventually storming their way to a 3-1 victory away at Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray, Thomas Tuchel’s side have their sights set on mounting a genuine European charge this time around. Marking their return from October’s international break with another 3-1 win against Mainz last weekend, the former Chelsea boss will be smelling the chance for his superstar squad to lay down another marker here. Heading into the fortnight interval with an eye-catching 3-0 romp against Europa League outfit Freiburg, Bayern Munich have won all of their previous four appearances across all formats by an aggregate score of 11-3. Hoping to find a route back to the top of the Bundesliga table here, Tuchel’s side are rightfully tipped as a landslide contender here.

Team News

In what is a major boost for Bayern Munich this weekend, Tuchel has announced that Manuel Neuer will make a first Bundesliga start of the season on Sunday. However, all missing out against Galatasaray earlier in the week, Tuchel will once again be unable to call upon the duo of Raphael Guerreiro and Dayot Upamecano here.

Bagging his second Champions League strike in Turkey a few days ago and continuing to break a string of Bundesliga records since arriving from Tottenham this summer, England skipper Harry Kane will spearhead Bayern’s charge this weekend.

Darmstadt

As for the visitors, while Darmstadt might have entered October’s international break with a welcomed boost, the Bundesliga returners certainly came crashing back down to earth last weekend. Marking their return from the fortnight interval with a routine 3-1 loss at home against RB Leipzig, the Lilies will be more than aware that they face another monumental challenge here. Simply with their sights set on avoiding getting dragged into a relegation scrap this season, Torsten Lieberknecht’s side are also desperate to find some defensive resolve. Including a woeful 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen back on September 2nd, Darmstadt are yet to muster a single clean sheet from any of their first eight Bundesliga appearances. Losing each of their five historic showdowns against the defending champions by an aggregate score of 9-1, Lieberknecht’s men are rightfully tipped as a landslide underdog this weekend.

Team News

Still dealing with a long-term muscle injury and not making a single appearance since a 3-1 loss against Stuttgart back on September 22nd, Darmstadt will once again be without 26-year-old Emir Karic on Sunday afternoon. However, the Lillies are hopeful that academy product Clemens Riedel will be able to make a return to Lieberknecht’s squad this weekend.

Once again finding the net against RB Leipzig last time out and getting on the scoresheet in each of his previous three Bundesliga appearances, former Nurnberg striker Tobias Kempe will play a leading role in Munich.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Bayern Munich and Darmstadt last met back in May 2017, the defending champions picked up a 1-0 Bundesliga victory at the Allianz Arena.
    • Tuchel’s side have won each of their previous four appearances across all competitions by an aggregate score of 11-3.
    • Darmstadt have failed to muster a single clean sheet from any of their opening eight Bundesliga appearances.
    • England international Harry Kane has notched nine goals in his first eight Bundesliga outings this season.
    • Darmstadt have shipped 12 goals in their first four Bundesliga showdowns on the road.

    Conclusion

    Continuing on their Champions League romp away at Galatasaray earlier in the week as they cruised their way to a 3-1 romp, Bayern Munich have certainly impressed on either side of October’s international break. Hoping to find a route back to the top of the Bundesliga standings on Sunday afternoon, the German giants are rightfully tipped as a landslide contender here. Watching the free-scoring Kane only continue to break a string of domestic records since making the move from Tottenham this summer, the England skipper will be looking to cash in on a Darmstadt squad that are yet to muster a single Bundesliga clean sheet this season.

    Verdict: Bayern Munich to score 2+ goals

    Best Odds: 6/4

    Bookmaker: Luckster

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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