Franck Ribery looks set to return to action for Bayern Munich when the German champions take on Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Saturday.The Frenchman has been out of action since May—missing the World Cup in the process—and would be a very welcome return for Pep Guardiola.
The defending champions have got off to a mixed start to the season—winning once and drawing the other—while 2013-14 relegation survivors Stuttgart have just one point from two matches.
Read on for full scheduling, television and live streaming information as well as a preview of Saturday’s matchup at the Allianz Arena.
Ribery himself is confident of his fitness ahead of the Stuttgart encounter, commenting that he is raring to go after being out for so long, per Bayern’s website:
“I feel good and I’m fit for Saturday. Now I need to get into a rhythm.”
The Frenchman scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in just 22 appearances, per WhoScored.com, as Bayern ran away with the Bundesliga title last season and is absolutely vital to Guardiola’s squad.
After the international break, Bayern must now improve on their opening two league encounters. After a narrow 2-1 opening-day victory over Wolfsburg, Bayern were held 1-1 by Schalke,
After two weeks away, Guardiola will be looking for a strong performance ahead of a packed schedule which sees them play seven matches in 21 days.
Both Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandwoski are seemingly in goalscoring form—the former bagging two for Germany against Scotland, the latter with four for Poland against Gibraltar, and both having claimed a Bundesliga goal already.
With Ribery back in the side and Robben on the other flank—although the Dutchman is a doubt—Bayern should be in for a confident home win on Saturday.
Unsurprisingly, nobody is giving Stuttgart much of a chance of taking even a point away from their visit to the Allianz Arena.
They have not beaten Bayern since early 2010 and most recently lost 2-0 at home to Koln in their second Bundesliga game of the season.However, their opening 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach was somewhat encouraging for boss Armin Veh, only denied a win by Christoph Kramer’s last-minute strike.
Their next game against Hoffenheim will be key for Stuttgart to avoid an awful start to the season as they face Borussia Dortmund after that.
A draw would signify a job incredibly well done, but it seems unlikely. But they were only beaten by single-goal margins in both Bundesliga matches against Bayern last season, thus might be able to take something away from the game if they are organised defensively.