Bayern Munich-Augsburg Preview: Champions face Bavarian derby
The visitors are in dire need of points in their bid to survive but face a side who have not lost a domestic match in 2013
By Enis Koylu
After resting a number of players for recent Bundesliga matches, Bayern are likely to name something closer to their first-choice XI, with Philipp Lahm, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger among the stars likely to start.
Rafinha is suspended after his red card at Borussia Dortmund last week, as is Jerome Boateng, who picked up his fifth booking of the season at Signal Iduna Park.
Toni Kroos (thigh) and Holger Badstuber (knee) are both injured and will sit out yet another game.
Meanwhile, Augsburg will be without Sebastian Langkamp, who has a groin issue, Koo Ja-Cheol, who is coming back to full fitness after an injury problem of his own, and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, who is supended after picking up five yellow cards.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bayern Munich are in the DFB-Pokal final and a European final for the sixth time in their history. They have only won both once - back in 1967.
- Jupp Heynckes' side have scored at least one goal in each of their last 35 Bundesliga games. With another strike against Augsburg, they can set a new record.
- FCB have not lost a Bavarian derby to any opponent since 2007.
- Augsburg have won at the Allianz Arena more than any other visiting opponents (four) - but all of those were against 1860, not Bayern.
- The minnows have won just five points from their nine matches without Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker this season.
- Coach Markus Weinzierl was on Bayern's books between 1995 and 1999 but only ever represented their second team.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Bayern München 8-0 FC Augsburg
- 14.64 %
FC Bayern München 4-0 FC Augsburg
- 12 %
FC Bayern München 3-0 FC Augsburg
- 11.02 %
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||5 Apr 2014||FC Augsburg 1 - FC Bayern München 0|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||4 Dec 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||9 Nov 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - FC Augsburg 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||11 May 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - FC Augsburg 0|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||18 Dec 2012||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|FC Bayern München|
|12 Apr 2014||FC Bayern München 0 - Borussia Dortmund 3||BUN|
|9 Apr 2014||FC Bayern München 3 - Manchester United 1||UCL|
|5 Apr 2014||FC Augsburg 1 - FC Bayern München 0||BUN|
|1 Apr 2014||Manchester United 1 - FC Bayern München 1||UCL|
|29 Mar 2014||FC Bayern München 3 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3||BUN|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
|17||Marcel de Jong||Midfielder|
The Croat has not been in the team much of late due to a slight injury and suspension but with Mario Gomez coming into form, he will be all the more eager to assert himself as the first-choice striker ahead of the Pokal and Champions League finals.
At times during Augsburg's stay in the Bundesliga, Molders has looked like their only player competing at the top level. His drive, skill and passion will be key to the minnows' chances of pulling off an unlikely result against the champions on Saturday.
Augsburg have a knack of coming good at the end of the season but Bayern have blown away far better Bundesliga opposition than them with little trouble and I'd expect them to do the same on Saturday at the Allianz Arena.
Times In BST
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