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Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Sevilla

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 23 Sep 2020

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Verdict: Bayern Munich win and under 4.5 goals

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

With the Super Cup up for grabs in Budapest on Thursday night, Champions League winners Bayern Munich will face off against Europa League champions Sevilla from behind closed doors.

Bayern Munich

Starting with Bayern, seeing off PSG to lift the Champions League title out in Portugal last month, the German giants still find themselves in the midst of what has been a record-breaking purple patch. With some around the Allianz believing that Hans-Dieter Flick’s men are their greatest squad in recent memory, the defending Bundesliga champions really opened their new domestic campaign with what was the most thumping of statements. Laying down another clinical marker to everyone across Europe, the Bavarians managed to land a stunning 8-0 romp at home against Schalke and it is no surprise that they are seen to be the best side across the continent. Now managing to extend their remarkable winning run to 31 matchups on the bounce, a run that stems back to December 7th, it is well worth keeping an eye out for the red-hot Serge Gnabry on Thursday. Bagging a hat-trick against Schalke over the weekend, the former Arsenal starlet has recorded six goals in his last three competitive contests for the European heavyweights.

Team News

Expected to field the strongest squad they have at their disposal on Thursday, Robert Lewandowski will lead the line on foreign soil and should be accompanied by new signing Leroy Sane.

Despite sitting out of their 8-0 romp against Schalke last weekend, left-back Alphonso Davies has been given the green light.

Sevilla

As for Sevilla, shocking many across Europe after carrying on their remarkable Europa League record thanks to a 3-2 win against Inter Milan out in Germany last month, Los Nervionenses are another outfit enjoying a real resurge. Really going from strength to strength since appointing one-time Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui, the Whites ended last year’s extended campaign in the midst of a stunning unbeaten run that stems all the way back to February 9th. Managing to secure themselves another European finish in La Liga and with the mood around the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán at the highest it has been in recent memory, some have tipped Sevilla as a real dark horse this time around. Signing off their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish outfit also have a real reputation for their recent displays in front of goal. Including bagging a trio of strikes against Inter Milan last month, Sevilla have recorded at least a pair of strikes in their last four appearances on the spin.

Team News

Making the move back to Sevilla from Barcelona this summer, Ivan Rakitic looks set to start in the middle of midfield.

Luuk de Jong scored a brace in the Europa League final victory against Inter and will likely lead the line.

Key Factors to Consider

  • On route to lifting their Champions League last month, Bayern Munich now find themselves in the midst of a 31-match winning run that stems back to December 7th.
  • Robert Lewandowski recorded a staggering 59 goals for club and country last season.
  • Sevilla are unbeaten in each of their last 17 competitive matchups, including that 3-2 win against Inter Milan in the Europa League final last month.
  • Bayern have scored over 2.5 goals in seven of their last eight competitive matchups.
  • Luke de Jong scored three goals in his final two Europa League matchups for Sevilla, including a brace against I Nerazzurri.

Conclusion

While Sevilla might find themselves in the midst of their own eye-catching unbeaten run, the Europa League winners could be in for a long night’s work when they meet a high-flying Bayern Munich out in Budapest. Lifting the Champions League thanks to a 1-0 win against PSG out in Portugal last month, the German giants also opened the new Bundesliga campaign with what was a stunning display against Schalke over the weekend. In the midst of a remarkable 31-match winning run that stems all the way back to December 7th, it is hard to see anything other than Hans-Dieter Flick’s men laying down another marker on foreign soil.

Verdict: Bayern Munich win and under 4.5 goals

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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