Our football match prediction:
Bayern Munich will be looking to bounce back from a heart-breaking 3-0 loss to Liverpool when they welcome Napoli at their Allianz Arena on Wednesday afternoon. Big-money signing James Rodriguez failed to impress in the Audi Cup semi-final, but, no doubt, Bayern Munich fans still have faith in the Colombian superstar. Carlo Ancelotti is likely to mix the squad against Napoli as the Bavarians failed to reach the final of the tournament, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we predict that the Bundesliga champions will emerge triumphant in Wednesday’s football match. The Neapolitans suffered a 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Audi Cup semis and they certainly have a big fish to fry in the clash against the star-studded German side. When the two teams met in a friendly five years ago Napoli recorded a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich and we believe that Carlo Ancelotti’s men will get their revenge on the Serie A outfit.
Highlighted Player (Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent. After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (Bayern Munich):
Over the years Bayern Munich have established themselves as one of the most successful European clubs. The Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) are the dominant force in German football and it has to be noted that the Bavarians clinched their 26th Bundesliga title in 2016. Bayern Munich have won 18 German Cup trophies, while winning the Champions League (European Cup) five times. The German giants clinched the Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001, while lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in 2013. Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 by eleven football players and their leader was Franz John. The Bavarians host their rivals at Allianz Arena (75,000), the stadium that was built in 2005. Fellow Bavarian sides TSV 1860 Munchen 1860 and Nurnberg are regarded as Bayern Munich’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern is big as well. The likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Muller and Giovane Elber are famous footballers who played for Bayern Munich in the past.