BREMEN HIT FOR SIX
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Bayern break forward in numbers and have five players against three defenders. Tel leads the charge and opts to go it alone, striding forward before smashing an unstoppable shot past Pavlenka from the edge of the area for his third goal of the season!
Gnabry completes his hat-trick and it's another fine finish! Mazraoui slides the ball into his path on the right and the Germany international jinks past two challenges before applying a clever finish past Pavlenka and into the goal!
TEL'S SHOT BLOCKED
Kimmich somehow dances his way through a forest of legs and tackles inside the box before spying Tel to his right and flicking a pass to the teenager. He shoots straight away but it's blocked for a corner.
TWO MORE CHANGES
Nagelsmann gives two more key first-team players a breather as Goretzka and Musiala come off, with Gravenberch and Tel taking their places.
The Bayern attacker skips over a challenge down the left and shoots from a tight angle but Pavlenka reads his intentions and makes the save.
The spate of substitutions have taken the zip out of the game somewhat, with both teams now adapting to the change in personnel.
GNABRY UP FOR IT
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FRESH FACES FOR BREMEN
Visiting coach Ole Werner also freshens up his side as Dinkci and Stage come on for Burke and Gruev.
Bayern are in action again on Saturday so Nagelsmann puts on some fresh legs.
SANE HITS THE POST!
Bayern very nearly get another goal as some lovely play from Choupo-Moting releases Sane into space. He charges into the box and only has Pavlenka to beat but his shot hits the outside of the post and bounces wide.
AS YOU WERE
Bremen made one change during the half-time interval with Stark replacing Veljkovic in defence, but it's done little to change the flow of the game: Bayern are dominating possession and looking for a fifth goal.
According to the stats at least, Bremen's chances of winning here are almost non-existent. Let's see what the rest of the half brings, though!
COMPUTER SAYS NO
The second half begins in Munich.
NON-STOP FIRST HALF
Musiala put Bayern ahead as early as the sixth minute and there hasn't been a lull in the action since. Jung equalised, Choupo-Moting missed a penalty and then Bayern hit three inside six minutes - two from Gnabry and one from Goretzka - to put them well on course for a ninth Bundesliga win of the season.
DUCKSCH A WHISKER AWAY!
A lapse in concentration from Upamecano as he plays the ball across the face of his own goal, looking for Pavard. He somehow doesn't see Ducksch standing in the way though and the Bremen forward sticks out a leg to block the pass, the ball rolling just wide of the target!
Sane plays a one-two with Choupo-Moting as he charges into the box until he is stopped by Gruev, who trips over and falls on top of the ball. Sane appeals for handball but play is waved on.
NO WAY THROUGH
Bremen are still plugging away and trying to give the home defence something to think about but Upamecano and Hernandez in particular are just mopping everything up. It's hard to see a way back for the visitors in this one.
FREE-SCORING FIRST HALVES
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It should be five. Kimmich plays a brilliant ball through the Bremen defence for Gnabry to chase. He holds off Weiser's challenge and gets a shot away but skies it over with just Pavlenka to beat.
RAINING GOALS - AGAIN!
Gnabry makes it four! This time Sane races through on goal, draws Pavlenka out to him before squaring it to Gnabry for a simple tap-in. This could get very ugly for Bremen unless they make some changes!
Not even 30 minutes have been played and already we've had four goals and a missed penalty! This time Goretzka adds his name to the scoresheet, collecting Kimmich's pass, charging into the box, going around Pavlenka and finishing into the empty net!
Bayern restore their lead and it's a lovely finish from Gnabry. Goretzka's volley from the edge of the area is blocked by Friedl - but it turns into an inadvertent assist for Gnabry, lurking on the left-hand side of the box. He curls it back across goal and into the far corner!
The visitors have been clinical so far!
BREMEN PUNCHING ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT
MANE GOES OFF
Mane can't continue and goes straight down the tunnel back to the changing room, presumably to receive further treatment. On comes Sane in his place.
Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka guesses the right way, diving to his right to paw away Choupo-Moting's spot-kick!
PENALTY TO BAYERN!
After getting a word in his ear from VAR and consulting the pitch-side monitor, the referee awards Bayern a penalty for a foul on Gnabry.
The 30-year-old is sitting on the turf and pointing to the right side of his knee. He's receiving treatment and will hopefully be ok to continue.
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Well, well, well! Brilliant play from Bremen on the right as three players outfox five Bayern stars, with Weiser striding away and across the pitch. He spies Jung, whose first-time left-footed shot goes back across Manuel Neuer and in! Game on!
MANE GOES CLOSE
The Senegalese attacker drives forward down the left and smacks a left-footed shot at goal that whistles into the side netting.
Gnabry wins possession from Jung in midfield and the ball is worked forward to Mane, who shoots with Bayern's first meaningful attack of the game. His effort is blocked but the rebound falls at the feet of Musiala, who calmly slots in left-footed into the bottom corner. That's nine Bundesliga goals for the 19-year-old now. Lewandowsk-who?
The home side are expected to pick up all three points here - can Bremen cause an upset?
Anyone who thought Bremen might park the bus will have to think again. The visitors have started boldly and confidently here, are harrying Bayern high up the pitch and not giving them any time to settle.
AND WE’RE OFF!
Referee Robert Hartmann blows his whistle and Bremen get the action started at the Allianz Arena.
Dortmund have just gone 2-0 down away to Wolfsburg, with just three minutes of stoppage time remaining. Assuming the result holds, Bayern can pull six points clear of their Klassiker rivals at the top with victory here.
TEAM NEWS - BAYERN
Julian Nagelsmann has only made one change to his line-up following the Matchday 13 triumph at Hertha Berlin, with Lucas Hernandez coming in at left-back fro the injured Alphonso Davies.
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TEAM NEWS - BREMEN
It's largely as expected from the visitors today, with Oliver Burke given a chance to shine up top in Niclas Füllkrug's absence. Anthony Jung replaces Niklas Stark and Christian Groß takes Romano Schmid's place in the only two other changes from the team that overcame Schalke 2-1 on Saturday.
RECORD IN SIGHT FOR MUSIALA
The Bayern attacker could become the first teenager in Bundesliga history to win his 50th top-flight match today, coming in just his 70th outing.
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BREMEN STARTING XI
Pavlenka - Pieper, Veljkovic, Friedl (c) - Weiser, Bittencourt, Groß, Gruev, Jung - Burke, Ducksch
Zetterer, Stark, Stage, Schmid, Dinkci, Schmidt, Rapp, Buchanan, Chiarodia
BAYERN STARTING XI
Neuer (c) - Mazraoui, Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez - Kimmich, Goretzka - Gnabry, Musiala, Mane - Choupo-Moting
Ulreich, Sane, Coman, Wanner, Sabitzer, Marusic, Gravenberch, Tel
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING - BAYERN
"Bremen have a good coach and a clear plan of how they want to play, both in attack and defence," said Julian Nagelsmann yesterday. "They have two dangerous strikers and are very physical. They are very aggressive and will pose a tough challenge for us tomorrow night. Matthijs de Ligt, Josip Stanisic and Thomas Müller all won't play. Dayot Upamecano is carrying a bit of a knock. Manuel Neuer is doing really well and will play in goal. Alphonso Davies isn't seriously injured, fortunately."
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING - BREMEN
"Bayern is the toughest away game on paper," said Bremen coach Ole Werner at his media briefing ahead of this fixture. "You need to do your homework and be at your best. We'll look to take on the challenge with the players we have available. You try to identify the spaces in the opponent's half that you can utilise. There is very little margin for error both with the ball and without it. You have to go about things with the highest tempo and the highest quality."
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NO FÜLLKRUG, NO PARTY?
The Bremen talisman, who has scored 10 of his team's 23 Bundesliga goals so far this season, is absent for this one after limping off the pitch in his side's 2-1 win over Schalke on Sunday. It's the first time the 29-year-old has been unavailable for a competitive game in over a year, since Bremen's 3-0 Bundesliga 2 win over Heidenheim on 1 October 2021.
FIRST FOR WERNER
Bremen boss Ole Werner has never gone up against Bayern Munich as a coach, nor against counterpart Julian Nagelsmann. Given the way his Bremen team have started the season though, he's likely to go at it head on!
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HISTORY ON BAYERN'S SIDE
Bayern have won 58 of the 100 Bundesliga meetings between these teams so far (53%), with 26 draws and 26 victories for Bremen. The record Bundesliga champions even have a 65% success rate on home turf against Werder, taking maximum points from 36 of the 55 games played in Munich. In fact, Bremen's last taste of victory at the Allianz Arena was in September 2008 when they won 5-2, with the likes of Mesut Özil and Claudio Pizarro both on target for the Green-and-Whites.
Bayern are out to consolidate top spot after reclaiming the summit from Union Berlin at the weekend. Currently just a point ahead of second-placed Freiburg and three ahead of Dortmund going into Matchday 14, there's no room for any slip-ups. Bremen have defied expectations since gaining promotion at the end of last season and are currently just seven points behind their hosts in seventh place. You suspect they'll be happy to take anything from this game ahead of kick-off.