Bayern Munich-Hamburg Preview: Hosts aiming to wrap up early title

Should Dortmund drop points against Stuttgart on Saturday, the Bavarians could become the first team to seal the Bundesliga in March

Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Diekmeier, Bruma, Westermann, Aogo
Rincon, Badelj
Son, Van der Vaart, Jiracek

With the prospect of wrapping up the Bundesliga, Bayern are unlikely to rest any players ahead of the Champions League tie with Juventus in midweek.

Indeed, the only projected absence is long-term injury victim Holger Badstuber. Mario Gomez should be fit to feature despite missing both of Germany's recent games with Kazakhstan.

On the other hand, Hamburg will be without a host of players for the trip to Bavaria, with Marcell Jansen and Maxi Beister are both suspended for the match.

Michael Mancienne is back in light training following a lengthy injury, Ivo Ilicevic and Lam Zhi Gin are both out with abdominal and knee injuries respectively.

  • Bayern Munich sealed their 2000-01 Bundesliga title with a victory over Hamburg on the last day of the season, pipping Schalke by one point.

  • Should the Bavarians clinch the league crown on Saturday, it would be the first time a team has done so after just 27 matches.
  • Only Gerd Muller has a better minutes-per-goal ratio than Mario Gomez (114) in the Bundesliga.
  • The last time Hamburg finished ahead of Bayern in the Bundesliga was in the 1983-84 season.
  • Goalkeeper Rene Adler (pictured, right) has never kept a clean sheet against Bayern and never ended up on the winning side.
  • HSV have won just seven points, scoring only six goals in the seven matches that Rafael van der Vaart has missed this season.