Don’t be distracted by Lewy absence
Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich
Saturday 29 February, 14:30
Live on Betfair Live Video
Bayern Munich produced one of their best displays of the season in midweek, as they comprehensively outplayed Chelsea in a 3-0 Champions League victory. Serge Gnabry continued his outstanding form with an excellent brace, and Robert Lewandowski finally ended his UCL knockout drought with the third. At the post-match celebration, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge dropped a massive hint that caretaker coach Hansi Flick would be given the role on a permanent basis. Given that Rummenigge has long admired the work of Thomas Tuchel, it shows just how well Flick has done that he now appears to be the front runner.
Since Flick replaced Niko Kovac, Bayern have won 15 of their 18 matches in all competitions. Their work without the ball has improved hugely, they are less predictable in attack, and the swagger and ruthlessness is back in their play. They have won their last four away matches, and they have scored at least three goals in all of them.
A rare injury to star striker Lewandowski (he has fractured his tibia) will keep the Polish international out for four weeks, which will be his longest absence as a Bayern player. However, the in-form Gnabry (five goals in his last three games) can fill in through the centre, and Bayern have plenty of options on the flanks. Thomas Muller is on outstanding form (he has 14 Bundesliga assists already) and left-back Alphonso Davies announced his