•Bank on Lewandowski
Revenge will be on Bayern’s Munich’s minds when they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and the Bavarians will bank on their talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski to lead the onslaught. The German champions were dismantled 5-1 in the reverse fixture in November, with Jerome Boateng’s ninth-minute red card proving costly. However, Bayern have recovered since to sit four points clear at the Bundesliga summit while Frankfurt continue to linger down the other end of the table.
On Sunday, Lewandowski became the first player in Europe’s top five leagues to register 40 goals this season in all competitions when he scored in the Bavarians’ 2-0 win at Union Berlin in their first match since the resumption of the season.
That strike made it his 26th in the league this season; only Ciro Immobile of Lazio who has netted 27 goals in the Serie A has scored more in Europe’s Top Five leagues this term. Bayern, who have a four-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, will be eyeing to finish the season with a bang.
The champions have played remarkably well under manager Hansi Flick, who has overseen just 16 Bundesliga matches so far and Lewandowski has been at the centre of the resurgence. The Polish international has been unstoppable for the Bavarians in his six seasons at the club; his records are frightening after he achieved a special feat of registering 40-plus goals for the club in five successive seasons. Lewandowski’s tally since 2015-16 season reads: 42, 43, 41, 40 and 40. He now has 231 career goals for Bayern in 276 matches.
He also has 228 Bundesliga goals (154 for Bayern and 74 for Dortmund). Lackluster Frankfurt are incapable of stopping Bayern who extended their unbeaten streak to 12 Bundesliga games with the 2-0 win over Berlin last Sunday, which includes 11 wins, and they return to the Allianz Arena in confident spirits. Bayern have dropped points at home on four occasions, the same amount as in 17 games last term, but have a formidable record against Frankfurt.
That reverse in November is their only defeat in 17 league meetings, with Bayern winning 13. The Bavarians remain in control of the title race as they look for an eighth consecutive crown; and the prolific Lewandowski is certainly the one to champion the course.