Having suffered a setback in terms of both morale and personnel in the 2014 Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund, the record titleholders are keen to maintain their impressive home record against the Wolves, who are looking to underline their top-four ambitions by picking up points in Munich.
With a 24th Bundesliga title the minimum requirement at the Allianz Arena, a good start to the season is an absolute must for Pep Guardiola's troops. “The Bundesliga is our main objective, it's the most valuable title,” the Catalan told the assembled media at his pre-match press conference. Wolfsburg, meanwhile, are aiming for UEFA Champions League qualification following last year's fifth-place finish, with sporting director Klaus Allofs confirming the Wolves are “aiming for the top four” in the Bundesliga.
A spate of injuries has ruled six first-team regulars out of Friday's clash. With both and the suspended Jerome Boateng unavailable, Guardiola could hand (pictured) his first top-flight appearance since the Germany international tore his knee ligaments in December 2012. Meanwhile, new signing Juan Bernat could replace Franck Ribery on the left wing, with Europe's 2013 Footballer of the Year currently sidelined with knee problems.
Summer signing Sebastian Jung appears to have won his race to be fit in time to for the match. The summer signing from Eintracht Frankfurt is set to feature at right-back, while first-choice goalkeeper Diego Benaglio (flu) is rated as doubtful. On a more positive note for Dieter Hecking's side, ex-Bayern midfielder Luiz Gustavo (pictured), should be available for selection at the Allianz Arena. Long-term absentee Ivan Perisic (shoulder), however, definitely misses out.
With several attacking players either injured or yet to return to full fitness, the spotlight will be on former Borussia Dortmund striker . Last season's top goalscorer has made quite an impact during pre-season, hitting the net four times in his first three outings for his new club. However, he drew a blank against his former employers in the Supercup and missing a penalty in round one of the DFB Cup.
Having played a key role in Belgium's progression to the last eight of the World Cup, much of Wolfsburg' hopes will rest on Kevin De Bruyne's shoulders ahead of his first full season at Wolfsburg. The former SV Werder Bremen and Chelsea FC midfielder scored three and set up a further six goals in his first six months at the Volkswagen Arena, and the 23-year-old is now looking to guide his side back into Europe's premier club competition.
Pep Guardiola (pictured): “Wolfsburg are a strong side with very, very good players, so we'll have to be on our guard. The squad still isn't fully fit but we'll be ready to give 100 per cent in front of our home fans.”
Dieter Hecking: “You could see in training this week that the team's drive is returning and they're all looking sharp. Games against Bayern are always special. We believe we have the quality to get a result.”
Deprived of their World Cup-winning representatives for much of pre-season, Bayern endured something of a mixed bag of results in the weeks leading up to the Bundesliga opener. Despite winning the Telekom Cup in late July and cruising past Preußen Münster in the DFB Cup, they lost to Dortmund in the Supercup and were beaten by an MLS All-Star side in the USA. Wolfsburg also enjoyed their fair share of wins and defeats this summer, but managed to beat SV Darmstadt 98 in the DFB Cup.
Bayern may be unbeaten in their last ten meetings with the Wolves, but one fairly recent encounter between the two sides left a particularly sour taste in FCB fans' mouths: Wolfsburg's emphatic 5-1 victory over the Bavarians in their title-winning 2008/09 season. Brazilian striker Grafite (l.) slalomed his way through most of Bayern's defence before scoring an outrageous back-heel for VfL's fifth. Last year, however, Thomas Müller's second-half strike earned Guardiola's man a hard-fought win in Munich.