Stuttgart’s fight for Bundesliga survival continues this Sunday as they travel to Munich to face league champions Bayern Munich in the penultimate game of the 2021/22 Bundesliga season.
Venue: Allianz Arena (Munich)
Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last eight home games in all competitions.
They have scored 93 times this season, which is the most for all teams in Europe’s top five leagues.
Robert Lewandowski hit a Bundesliga record 18th away goal of the season in Mainz, taking his tally to a league-leading 34.
Stuttgart are in danger of changing division for the fifth time in seven years.
Striker Sasa Kalajdzic and centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos are Stuttgart’s leading Bundesliga goalscorers with four apiece.
The visitors are winless in their last six away games (three draws and three losses).
Just two sides have picked up fewer points away from home ahead of the round than Stuttgart, who have won just ten points in 16 away games.
Head to head
Bayern have lost just one of the last 19 Bundesliga head-to-head, winning 18 times, but the sole defeat was after they were confirmed as champions in 2017/18.
Latest performances in all competitions
Bayern Munich: L-W-W-D-W
Newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will look to get back to winning ways this Sunday when they host struggling Stuttgart.
The Bavarians who secured their tenth league title in a row with a 3-1 in over fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund two matchdays ago were beaten 3-1 by Mainz last time. The loss was their fifth defeat of the season, which is their most losses in a Bundesliga campaign since 2014/15.
However, they come into this tie with 75 points and so can still surpass last season’s points tally of 78 points. Julian Nagelsmann’s side also has other goals to aim for. They currently have 93 goals in the league, but can still break their Bundesliga record of 101 strikes in a single season set back in 1971/72.
Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski hit a Bundesliga record 18th away goal of the season in Mainz, taking his tally to a league-leading 34 while a goal in Bayern’s last home game for Serge Gnabry secured his best-ever scoring Bundesliga campaign (G13). Both players will be targeting goals in this game to keep their goal-scoring form up.
Possible Bayern Munich starting line-up
Manuel Neuer; Josip Stanisic, Tanguy Nianzou, Lucas Hernandez Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala; Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski.
Injured: Bouna Sarr, Corentin Tolisso
Stuttgart will be desperate to end a five-game winless run when they travel to Munich on Sunday.
The visitors are currently in a miserable run of form that has seen them win just 11 points from the last 30 available (W2, D5, L3). They come into this tie on the back of a respectable 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg but are in grave danger of dropping to Bundesliga B given their lowly league position.
Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side are currently sitting in 17th place, four points behind Hertha Berlin in 16th. So the importance of this game cannot be understated from a Stuttgart perspective, as a defeat here will mathematically consign them to a bottom-three finish.
With Arminia Bielefeld close to them in the table, the race for potential safety via the relegation play-off spot could go to the final day. Meanwhile, any hopes of recording a positive in this game could well be dashed when looking at their away perfromance this season. The five-time Bundesliga winners have picked up just ten points away from home this season with only Greuther Furth (4) and Mainz (8) picking up fewer points away from home than them.
Possible Stuttgart starting line-up
Florian Müller; Konstantinos Mavropanos, Waldemar Anton, Hiroki Ito; Führich, Wataru Endo, Atakan Karazor, Borna Sosa; Tiago Tomas, Sasa Kalajdzic, Omar Marmoush.
Injured: Naouirou Ahamada, Pascal Stenzel, Florian Schock, Silas Mvumpa, Nikolas Nartey, Mohamed Sankoh
Bayern Munich 3-1 Stuttgart