Bayern Munich - Hamburg Preview: Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez expected to start after recovering from knocks
The Bavarians are out for revenge following their 2-0 defeat in pre-season to Michael Oenning's side and have few injury troubles ahead of the Bundesliga clash
By Clark Whitney
Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Diekmeier, Bruma, Mancienne, Aogo
Rincon, Son, Jansen
Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez were nursing slight knocks following Wednesday's win against Zurich, but are all expected to be fit to start on Saturday. With the exception of Breno, coach Jupp Heynckes will have a full squad on hand. The coach is expected to make no big changes to his usual line-up, although the role in attack behind Mario Gomez is still undecided, with Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos vying for a starting berth.
Jose Paolo Guerrero, Jacopo Sala, Miroslav Stepanek, Tolgay Arslan, and Marcus Berg are all unavailable for Hamburg, although Michael Oenning will have no shortage of depth for Saturday's match. The coach is expected to opt for a particularly cautious formation, with defensively skilled duo Marcell Jansen and Tomas Rincon on the wings, replacing usual starters Eljero Elia and Gokhan Tore.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bayern Munich have only lost one of their last 11 Bundesliga games (eight wins, two draws), not allowing their opponents more than one goal in any of these 11 games.
- Bayern have never lost their first two home matches in a league season.
- The Bavarians haven't conceded a league goal against Hamburg for 288 minutes now - they have kept a clean sheet in the two teams' last three meetings.
- Hamburg's 0-6 drubbing in the most recent meeting at Munich in March of this year led to the sacking of former manager Armin Veh and the instalment of current manager Michael Oenning.
- Oenning's side are the only Bundesliga team to have won two games at Allianz Arena - they were also the team to hand Bayern their first defeat in the new arena (2-1 in March 2006).
- The northern Germans are winless in nine Bundesliga games (six draws, three defeats). Their last victory came back in April when they beat Koln 3-0 on the road.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Bayern München 2-0 Hamburger SV
- 26.16 %
FC Bayern München 3-1 Hamburger SV
- 11.92 %
FC Bayern München 2-1 Hamburger SV
- 11.92 %
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||20 Jul 2013||Hamburger SV 0 - FC Bayern München 4|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||30 Mar 2013||FC Bayern München 9 - Hamburger SV 2|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||3 Nov 2012||Hamburger SV 0 - FC Bayern München 3|
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||5 Aug 2012||FC Bayern München 1 - Hamburger SV 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||4 Feb 2012||Hamburger SV 1 - FC Bayern München 1|
|FC Bayern München|
|7 Dec 2013||Werder Bremen 0 - FC Bayern München 7||BUN|
|4 Dec 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2||GERC|
|30 Nov 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Eintracht Braunschweig 0||BUN|
|27 Nov 2013||CSKA Moscow 1 - FC Bayern München 3||UCL|
|23 Nov 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - FC Bayern München 3||BUN|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
|8||Tomás Eduardo Rincón||Midfielder|
|13||Per Ciljan Skjelbred||Midfielder|
After scoring 39 goals last year, the Germany international has yet to find his form in 2011-12. He has scored just once in all competitions, from a penalty, and missed a number of clear chances in midweek. He will have to rediscover his scoring touch if Bayern are to win on Saturday.
The young attacker always brings his best performances against big-name opposition, and will surely relish the opportunity to prove himself against Bayern. Having scored twice against the Bavarians in pre-season, he certainly is familiar with the opposition that awaits.
Bayern and Hamburg tend to play very cagey matches, and Saturday's fixture will surely follow the recent trend. The hosts are more conservative now than they have been in recent years and are likely to keep a clean sheet, but may not score. HSV have plenty of firepower, but if Oenning has his players double up in defence on the wings, they will also find it hard to break the deadlock.
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