Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen - Friday 19:30, BT Sport Europe
After winning their fourth consecutive Bundesliga title as they beat their closest challengers Dortmund by a massive 10 points, Bayern begin a new chapter in their history with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm. The Italian’s first assignment is against a Bremen side who only picked up 38 points last term to record their 4th consecutive bottom-half finish.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss inherits a squad brimming with talent at Bayern and they’ve strengthened further with the acquisitions of Mats Hummels and the exciting Renato Sanches. Bayern’s defence conceded only 17 goals last season and Hummels looks sure to be a fine addition. In the 136 games that the German international started since 2010/11, Dortmund managed 53 clean sheets, compared to just four in the 32 he missed.
Bremen’s issues last season stemmed from a poor defence, which shipped 65 goals. At the other end of the park, they fared much better as they netted 50 times, which was equal 6th in the division. However, in a game against the strongest defence in the league, having anything other than your strongest attack is going to cause problems and that’s the case for Bremen here. Three players accounted for 33 of their goals last term, but none of those are available for this one, with Pizzaro injured, Ujah leaving the club and Bartels suspended.
As a result, we don’t expect Bremen to trouble the scorers and Bayern should kick their season off with a routine win to nil. It’s also worth putting a few quid on Thomas Muller to score the first goal as he’s scored five in his last four league games against Bremen. And Bayern are certainly likely to get plenty of chance sin front of goal; they’ve scored at least five times in this fixture with Bremen in each of the past four years.