Prediction: Bayern Munich vs VfL Bochum – Bundesliga – 23rd September 2023

Reigning Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, are set to face VfL Bochum at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, 23rd September at 2.30 pm UK time. Fresh from their gripping victory over Manchester United in the Champions League, Bayern will be keen to maintain their strong league form, while Bochum seeks their first win of the season.

Analysis: Bayern Munich, undeniably one of the powerhouses of European football, have kicked off their season in impressive fashion. Their recent 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen, the current league leaders, demonstrates their resilience and determination to defend their Bundesliga title. Their prolific offense is further showcased in their recent 4-3 triumph over Manchester United, where the likes of Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Harry Kane, and Mathys Tel illuminated the scoresheet.

Kane, a summer acquisition from Tottenham Hotspur, has been in scintillating form, netting five goals in as many games. The likes of Coman, Muller, and Musiala are also presenting coach Thomas Tuchel with positive selection headaches. Bayern’s historical record against Bochum and their stellar home form, where they’ve lost only one of their last 25 league matches, makes them the overwhelming favorites.

On the other hand, VfL Bochum’s start to the season hasn’t been as promising. They are among six Bundesliga teams yet to register a win this season. However, they have managed to pull off three consecutive draws against tough opponents, indicating a fighting spirit. Their recent 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt, where Kevin Stoger converted a crucial penalty, demonstrates their ability to dig deep.

Yet, historically speaking, Bochum has struggled against Bayern, especially at the Allianz Arena. Their last victory at this ground was over three decades ago, in 1991. Their away record since their return to the Bundesliga in 2021 further exacerbates the challenge, with only six wins in their last 36 matches.

Prediction: predicts: Bayern Munich 4-1 VfL Bochum. Given Bayern’s fiery form, especially in front of goal, and Bochum’s historical and current struggles on the road, the hosts are poised for a convincing victory. Kane’s excellent form, coupled with Bayern’s overall attacking prowess, is likely to be too much for Bochum to handle.