Bayern Munich avoided falling further behind Bundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund as they defeated struggling Stuttgart 4-1 in an entertaining contest at the Allianz Arena on Sunday.Dortmund, who thrashed Hannover 5-1 on Saturday, began the weekend six points clear and that is how things remain after Bayern held off a spirited Stuttgart side to secure what ended up being a routine win.Bayern enjoyed a flying start and had an early lead through Thiago Alcantara, but complacency soon set in and Stuttgart capitalised to go into half-time level – Anastasios Donis’ gorgeous long-range effort doing the damage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The frame of the goal was struck at both ends by Nicolas Gonzalez and Robert Lewandowski – the latter from a penalty – in the second period, but a Christian Gentner own goal had already restored Bayern’s advantage.Leon Goretzka and Lewandowski – making amends for his penalty miss – settled matters inside the final 20 minutes.#FCBVfB pic.twitter.com/jC6nzmUiUX— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 27, 2019It was hardly vintage football from Bayern for the opener as Lewandowski accidentally nudged Thomas Muller’s cross to the edge of the box with a poor first touch, and luckily Thiago was on hand to fire into the bottom-left corner.But Bayern eased off after going ahead and paid the price in the 26th minute – Donis brilliantly finding the top-right corner from 25 yards.Bayern looked refocused after the break and regained the lead – albeit fortuitously – just before the hour as Serge Gnabry’s fiercely struck half-volley took a huge deflection off Gentner and found the net.A manic period followed, with Gonzalez’s shot ricocheting off Manuel Neuer and then himself before hitting the post.And Lewandowski followed suit, seeing his spot-kick strike the upright after he had been tripped by Marc-Oliver Kempf.But Goretzka headed Bayern into a 3-1 lead in the 71st minute after meeting Joshua Kimmich’s delivery, and Lewandowski rounded things off six minutes from the end, coolly taking it past Ron-Robert Zieler and finishing with aplomb. What does it mean? Bayern not going awayDortmund’s win on Saturday saw them set a new club record of 48 points after 19 Bundesliga matches in a single season. They certainly mean business, but as Bayern chalked up a seventh successive league win, Kovac’s men look like they will be pushing them all the way.Thiago the conductorNot only did he get the opening goal, Spain international Thiago was exceptional in midfield, with most of Bayern’s attacks going through him.Kempf hapless at the backIt is never easy to face Bayern and Lewandowski, but the task is made all the more difficult when your centre-back endures an underwhelming day, which was summed up by Kempf’s concession of a penalty. Luckily for him, it was missed.Key Opta Facts- Bayern Munich have won their seventh Bundesliga game in a row. After matchday 12, they had only six wins.- Bayern have won 18 of the last 19 competitive games against Stuttgart, the only loss came in May 2018 (4-1 at home).- Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich provided two assists in one game for only the second time in his Bundesliga career.- After his brace at Hoffenheim, Bayern’s Leon Goretzka scored again. His three goals in 2019 are the most of any Bundesliga player.- Javi Martinez played his 200th competitive game for Bayern.What’s next?Bayern will be expecting another tough contest on Saturday when they travel to Bayer Leverkusen, while Stuttgart host Freiburg the next day. read more
This is trueI think Vols/Gators is going to be a weird one in the SwampYes, I know Gators have won 13/14, but something is fishy about this oneGators banged up at some key spots & worried Mullen gets cute with QB positions playing Trask and Jones#SECThisMorning @SIRIUSXM https://t.co/B3dMNE4toM— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) September 20, 2019He’s got a point. Florida is without Feleipe Franks, who suffered a season-ending injury last week. But the Gators were able to come back against Kentucky with backup QB Kyle Trask leading the way.Florida head coach Dan Mullen announced earlier this week he isn’t opposed to utilizing a two-QB system. If the Gators aren’t well prepared, Tennessee may be able to take advantage.There have been crazier upsets so far this season — one of which involved the Volunteers. But Florida must be sharp against a Tennessee team with nothing to lose.Tune in to ESPN at noon ET to watch Florida-Tennessee on Saturday. KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 16: Fans have painted their bodies in support of the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the game against the University of Florida Gators on September 16, 2006 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Gators won 21-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Tennessee football wasn’t supposed to be in the position it’s currently in. This was supposed to be a bounce-back year. A season in which they finally put it all together and became a SEC contender.But the Volunteers lost to Georgia State in a horrific upset on Aug. 31. Then, BYU came to Knoxville, scored a late game-tying touchdown and beat Tennessee in overtime. Disaster is an understatement. And the Volunteers still have nine regular season games remaining.There is room for optimism though. Tennessee bounced back and beat Chattanooga 45-0 last Saturday. Yes, it’s only Chattanooga. But shutting out any opponent is noteworthy — plus, it’s something positive to build on.Now, the Volunteers head to Gainesville to face No. 9 Florida. The Gators are 14-point favorites, and many national experts are unsurprisingly picking Florida to win. But a popular SEC Network analyst smells an upset brewing.