Palermo vs Brescia : The games are coming thick and fast for Bayern Munich, as they enter the crucial phase of the season. Die Roten have some important games in next ten days across all competitions, including their blockbuster clash against Liverpool at Anfield. The Bavarians will first, however, travel to Augsburg on Friday as they target their second consecutive win in the Bundesliga.
== MATCH INFO ==
Italy – Serie B
Team : Palermo vs Brescia
Date : Friday, 15 February
Start Time : 3:00 Pm Et
Bayern were able to capitalize on Borussia Dortmund’s slip-up against Hoffenheim last weekend and climbed back to second place in the league after clinching a 3-1 win over Schalke. Dortmund’s lead at the top is now reduced to five points. The leaders are currently enduring a poor run of form, so Bayern have a chance to put more pressure on them by winning against Augsburg.
Friday’s home side, meanwhile, find themselves in a state of bother. They currently sit 15th in the league table, having just a three-point cushion over the relegation positions. Augsburg have won only one of their last ten Bundesliga games. The hosts desperately need a positive result against Bayern to arrest this slump, or else they will find it difficult to stay in the Bundesliga next season.
Niko Kovac refused to give a return date for Arjen Robben in his pre-match press conference. The Dutchman has been out of action for more than two months due to a thigh injury. He returned to first-team training last week, only to suffer yet another setback. Manuel Neuer, meanwhile, has recovered completely and is ready to play against Augsburg.
Corentin Tolisso took massive strides toward his return earlier this week. The Frenchman started training with the ball and is on course to make his comeback next month. Otherwise, there are no new injury concerns ahead of a crucial week for Bayern Munich.
The Croatian has found a perfect midfield balance in the last few games. Thiago Alcantara is likely to play the holding midfield role against Augsburg. The Spaniard has been in fine form since recovering from an ankle injury in December. Leon Goretzka has paired well with Thiago in the center of the park, so expect the German to start on Friday.
James Rodriguez is slowly getting back to form in his favored number ten role. The Colombian is in line to get his third consecutive start across all competitions. Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller are expected to occupy the left and right sides of the attack respectively. Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for Die Roten on Friday.