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Bochum vs Bayern Munich: Preview & Prediction

Bochum vs Bayern Munich: Preview & Prediction

Bochum vs Bayern Munich
18th February 2024
Vonovia Ruhrstadion

The most comprehensive preview, detailed analysis and reliable predictions of the Bundesliga fixture between Bochum and Bayern Munich.

Bochum vs Bayern Munich: Preview

Bochum form analysis

Die Unabsteigbaren started their 2024 Bundesliga campaign by drawing 1-1 at home against Werder Bremen on January 14th, taking the lead through P. Osterhage before conceding late to N. Stark. On January 20th, Bochum earned a key 1-0 home win over Stuttgart thanks to M. Bero’s goal. However, on January 28th away to Borussia Dortmund, Bochum were beaten 3-1 despite briefly equalizing – N. Füllkrug and an own goal sealed Dortmund’s win.

Looking to bounce back, on February 3rd Bochum drew 1-1 at home with Augsburg, going ahead via M. Broschinski before conceding a late penalty to E. Demirović. Most recently on February 10th, Bochum drew again, this time 1-1 away to Eintracht Frankfurt – Omar Marmoush put Bochum ahead but M. Broschinski equalized for Frankfurt. Overall, Bochum have been solid defensively but lacked cutting edge up front, scoring just 5 goals so far. Finding more consistent goalscoring, particularly away from home, will be key if Bochum hopes to avoid a relegation battle.

Bayern Munich form analysis

Bayern Munich’s 2024 Bundesliga campaign started with a shock 1-0 home loss to Werder Bremen on January 21st, conceding to M. Weiser. On January 25th, Bayern edged past Union Berlin 1-0 thanks to Raphaël Guerreiro’s goal. Momentum built on January 27th as Bayern won 3-2 away at Augsburg – A. Pavlović, A. Davies and H. Kane scored for Bayern. On February 3rd, Bayern beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 at home, overturning an early deficit through goals from A. Pavlović, H. Kane and M. de Ligt.

However, Bayern’s progress came crashing down on February 10th with a humbling 3-0 defeat away to Bayer Leverkusen. Overall, Bayern have shown promise, beating Union Berlin, Augsburg and Gladbach. But the losses to Werder Bremen and Leverkusen exposed defensive vulnerabilities and reliance on individual brilliance up front. Addressing these issues will be critical as Bayern aim to push for the top position.

Bochum vs Bayern Munich: Prediction

The visitors have just scored seven goals in five away league fixtures. This is quite low by their lofty standards. Four or more goals is unlikely in a venue with just 2.2 goals scored on average in five league matches.

The hosts have lost just once at home in five league matches. Their opponents have done so twice in five away Bundesliga games. Furthermore, their wins have been by just one goal margin. Hence, the hosts should have enough to put up a respectable fight against the defending champions.

Under 3.5 goals @ 1.92 odds.

Asian handicap: +1.75 Bochum @ 1.83 odds.

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