Bayern Munich vs Frankfurt FREE: Live stream, TV channel, UK time and team news

BAYERN MUNICH host Eintracht Frankfurt as they look to cement their position at the top of the Bundesliga.

The reigning champions are chasing an EIGHTH consecutive league title and made a winning return to action when seeing off Union Berlin 2-0 last weekend.

The visitors were in woeful form before the Covid-19 pandemic struck and were easily beaten by Champions League chasers Borussia Monchengladbach.

They're not safe from the drop yet and need points to keep their heads above water, but did memorably thrash Bayern 5-1 earlier this season.

When is Bayern vs Frankfurt?

  • This top-flight clash is the evening offering on Saturday, May 23.
  • Kick-off at the Allianz Arena is at 5.30pm BST.
  • The Bundesliga champs will be eager to avenge that thrashing from November, where they were down to ten men after just nine minutes.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

  • You can watch this match live on BT Sport 1 here in the UK.
  • Coverage will start at 5.15pm BST, following four live Bundesliga games from 2.30pm.
  • If you're a BT customer or have their broadband package, you can stream BT Sport by downloading the official app.

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What is the team news?

Bayern will once again be without Philippe Coutinho who is fighting his way back from ankle surgery.

Apart from that, Bayern have no injury concerns and could field the same XI which eased past Union.

Dominik Kohr is suspended for the visitors, while Tim Chandler is in line for a return to the starting XI.

Match odds

  • Bayern to win – 2/13
  • Draw at the Allianz – 7/1
  • Frankfurt to pick up shock three points – 16/1
  • Both teams to score – 3/4

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

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Bayern Munich staff prepare Allianz Arena for Bundesliga restart as league leaders gear up for Union Berlin clash – The Sun

BAYERN MUNICH have been stepping up their preparations for the return of the Bundesliga by getting their Allianz Arena stadium fully ready for action.

The reigning champions are away from home for their first match in nine weeks at the weekend.




But that hasn't stopped club staff getting things spic and span in Bavaria for their next fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt the following week.

Fans will be excited by the site of groundsmen cutting the pristine, luscious green grass and getting the pitch of their beautiful home in absolutely perfect condition – even though they will be unable to attend games themselves.

This weekend, however, a trip to the capital is the assignment for Hansi Flick's men.

Union Berlin will welcome the league leaders to their intimidating, intimate ground hoping to catch them cold after the coronavirus-enforced absence.

The home side aren't to be taken lightly by Bayern, however, having acquitted themselves well on their maiden top-flight campaign.

They sit 11th in the standings, eight points above the dreaded play-off place with nine games remaining and unlikely to be troubled by relegation worries.

Bayern, on the other hand, will be desperate to pick up points on their relentless march towards yet another league title.

Flick's men are currently four points above Borussia Dortmund, who they are due to face in just over a fortnight's time.

Since initially returning to training on April 6, Bundesliga clubs, depending on their federal governments, have been gradually able to step up their training and level of contact.

And the Bayern players are very much together again, having been pictured boarding the team bus together – although all were wearing precautionary masks – in club red of course.

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Ex-Man Utd and Bayern star Owen Hargreaves says players will be ‘smashing into each other’ when Bundesliga returns – The Sun

OWEN HARGREAVES believes competitive football will return with a bang following the Covid-19 shutdown – just as soon as one player smashes into another.

A lack of match action for two months has led to some fearing when top-level leagues do return that games will be played at little more than testimonial pace.

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Now fans will discover just what the future has in store when the top two divisions in Germany resume their leagues this weekend.

And BT Sport’s Bundesliga pundit Hargreaves says though fitness will be a concern to start with, all those thoughts will disappear once the first crunching tackle is made.

Hargreaves said: “I don't think it will be that testimonial, but it will be slightly reserved, because the boys will be thinking 'I've been out for a long time, I don't want to pull a hamstring'.

“But once somebody smashes into you, then the competitive juices are going to flow and everybody is going to go full tilt.

“I don’t think the football is going to be the hard part, because the boys have been chasing a football around since they were five years old.

“I think it’s more about the intensity, and it’s going to be a big jump from whatever they were doing at home.

“Initially people will be a bit cautious and soft-tissue injuries, I think, will be the biggest issue.

“But the boys, as much as they won't be as physically sharp, their competitive instincts naturally if somebody tackles them or something happens in a game, their instincts are going to kick in then you're going to get it back to natural."

The Bundesliga is the first of the big leagues to get back up and running and Hargreaves says the world – not just the Premier League – are watching on with fingers crossed.

He added: “At some point we’ll have to test people, see who has it, who doesn’t, get them into a more controlled environment and get back into some form of normality.

“It will be the same for schools here. Forget football, the whole world will be watching this weekend to see if this works because the NFL, the NBA, they are all watching to see how this goes.

“It’s not just a sporting context.”

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Sarpreet Singh: Bayern Munich’s New Zealand star representing South Asia

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MOTDx returns with Sarpreet Singh, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount and more on Thursday, 5 March at 19:00 GMT on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

When Sarpreet Singh stepped off the plane in his native New Zealand in December he was surrounded by an “overwhelming” array of television cameras and media.

He had not only arrived back home as one of the country’s major sporting stars but also as a role model for South Asians dreaming of breaking down barriers in mainstream professional football.

The 21-year-old midfielder’s rise had come about after German giants Bayern Munich plucked him from the relative obscurity of playing for Kiwi side Wellington Phoenix and signed him last summer.

Singh had been spotted playing for New Zealand at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup and, initially brought in as one for the future, the attacking midfielder is progressing “better than expected” and has already made his first-team debut.

“Coming from New Zealand with an Indian background, it doesn’t happen too often,” he tells BBC Sport of his journey to the Bundesliga club.

“When I play for the New Zealand national team, a lot of people say we are the underdogs.

“But for me, it is all mental. It just comes down to how much work you want to put in.

“You couldn’t say that when I was playing in Wellington that I would now be at Bayern Munich, but here I am. Anything is possible.”

Singh’s immediate family, including his mother and siblings, are Christian, while his extended family are Sikh and hail from the northern Punjab region of India.

Singh’s family had a strong focus on education, with his brother and sister achieving “good degrees”, but the youngest sibling was allowed to follow his footballing dream as he says “mum sensed maybe I was a little bit different” and had a “gift”.

“Sometimes Indian parents say ‘don’t need it today’,” he said when speaking about the dedication of taking children to training and games. “My uncle still does it with his kids and we try to tell him that it’s important, especially when they’re young.

“The older they get the more the kids will start to realise but, when they are young, it’s important the parent drives it. They have to make a lot of sacrifices and that’s what my family did for me.”

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Singh seems determined to take the chance Bayern have given him. He is one of five youngsters at the club allowed to train with the first team, and has scored six goals as well as registering seven assists in 19 outings for the Munich club’s second team this season.

He has impressed Bayern boss Hansi Flick and had the “truly special feeling” of making his first-team debut when he came on as a late substitute for Philippe Coutinho against Werder Bremen in December.

“It was like where everything you have worked hard for has paid off. But, at the same time, it is just the start,” said Singh.

Bayern accept that he is “unique” in that he is the rarity of a South Asian at such a high-profile team and the club’s academy manager, Jochen Sauer, says their decision to sign him was entirely “a sporting one”.

“We recognised with our scouting department that he’s a very talented football player,” added Sauer. “He has a good technique, can read a game and is used to ball possession football.

“His progress is very good, better than we expected. We decided in November that he is ready to train every day with the first team.

“After three or four weeks training with the first team, he already had his debut and this is very positive. Even Hansi Flick did not expect that he could play for the first-team already before Christmas.”

Singh’s heritage and, the fact that he is at such a renowned club in Bayern Munich, has put him on a pedestal for young South Asian footballers.

“Being in Germany, Sarpreet perhaps may not even realise the magnitude of his achievement,” said Baljit Rihal, founder of the Asian Football Awards.

“He is a role model that provides inspiration and confirmation of the possibilities for aspiring South Asian footballers globally.

“We need more like him, and fast. He can give all South Asian communities a sense of pride and belonging in an arena where I currently believe there is a disconnect.”

Singh, who supported Chelsea growing up, and his brother – a Manchester United fan – used to get up at 3am in New Zealand to watch games in the English top flight.

Rihal says he “selfishly” hopes Singh will eventually play in the Premier League in what could be a “watershed moment for British Asians” to “send a clear message to all those over the years who have doubted the capabilities of the community”.

Since his move to Bayern, Singh says he has been taken aback by the support and volume of messages he receives from the South Asian community which makes him feel “proud and special”.

“Hopefully, I can set a good platform for the players that follow me,” he said.

“That’s kind of my goal – to be the best I can be, set a good example for the kids to come and encourage them to keep working hard so that one day it’ll be them.”

While Singh may appreciate some of the responsibilities of his new status, he has also sampled the fame it brings back home in New Zealand where he says “people do recognise me and come up to me”.

“Me and my mate were going to go for a tennis hit but we didn’t have any rackets so we went down to the local sport shop and bought some,” said Singh, who returned home in December during the Bundesliga winter break.

“The guy serving us said ‘I don’t know if you know this but has anyone told you that you look like Sarpreet Singh?’

“I said ‘no’ but my friend was like ‘that’s him’. I said ‘you didn’t have to tell him’.”

If Singh continues on his current trajectory, he might well be recognised a lot more regularly.

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