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  • 7 April 2012
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Bayern Munich - Augsburg Preview: Heynckes' men aim to extend winning streak to nine games

Bayern Munich - Augsburg Preview: Heynckes' men aim to extend winning streak to nine games

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The German record champions have hit a rich vein of form and will hope to maintain their streak ahead of next Wednesday's top-of-the-table clash with leaders Dortmund


PROBABLE LINEUPS


BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba

Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Ribery

Gomez



AUGSBURG


Jentzsch
Verhaegh, Sankoh, Langkamp, Ostrzolek
 Baier, Hosogai
Ndjeng, Koo, Bellinghausen
Rafael
 

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes will welcome Bastian Schweinsteiger back into his starting XI after the midfielder missed out on the 2-0 win against Marseille in midweek. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is tipped to partner the vice-captain in defensive midfield as Luiz Gustavo is banned for accumulated bookings.

However, the trainer could opt to use Toni Kroos in a holding role as well. Aside from Gustavo, Bayern will be without long-term casualty Daniel van Buyten, as well as Breno, who is not expected to play another game for the Munich side.

Augsburg are expected to use the same line-up as in last week's 2-1 win over Koln, with Nando Rafael retaining his spot in the centre of attack. Torsten Oehrl remains sidelined with a muscular injury, and will join Marcel de Jong, Dawda Bah and Akaki Gogia in the stands.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich have won eight consecutive games (including their DFB-Pokal semi-final penalty shoot-out victory), scoring 27 goals and conceding just twice in the process.
  • The German record champions have the Bundesliga's best record on home soil, having earned 36 points at the Allianz Arena.
  • In his last seven appearances in all competitions, Arjen Robben has scored nine goals and assisted five more.
  • Augsburg have climbed out of the relegation zone in recent weeks, having gone undefeated in six games with three wins during their run of form.
  • FCA are in their best-ever position in the Bundesliga, four points clear of the relegation zone.
  • Both of Saturday's Bavarian contestants were last defeated by Leverkusen.

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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
28Holger BadstuberDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
26Diego ContentoDefender
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
24Nils PetersenStriker
11Ivica OlicStriker
1Simon JentzschGoalkeeper
2Paul VerhaeghDefender
3Gibril SankohDefender
15Sebastian LangkampDefender
19Matthias OstrzolekDefender
7Hajime HosogaiMidfielder
11Axel BellinghausenDefender
10Daniel BaierMidfielder
13Koo Ja-CheolMidfielder
20Marcel NdjengMidfielder
11Nando RafaelStriker
30Mohamed AmsifGoalkeeper
6Jonas de RoeckDefender
18Jan-Ingwer Callsen-BrackerDefender
13Tobias WernerMidfielder
8Lorenzo DavidsMidfielder
33Sascha MöldersStriker
36Stephan HainStriker
Players to Watch
Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
He was man of the match in midweek, and the Frenchman will certainly be Bayern's go-to man in attack against FCA. With 14 goals and 23 assists in all competitions, Ribery is having arguably the best season of his career. And now that it's crunch time, expect him to deliver. 
Koo Ja-Cheol
Koo Ja-Cheol
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 13
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Neglected by Wolfsburg, the South Korean midfielder has hit peak form since his move to Bavaria in mid-season. Now deployed in a central role, Koo is now being given the chance to show off his true strengths: he has scored or assisted in each of Augsburg's last three games. 
Prediction
Bayern are hammering just about every opponent they face these days, especially at home. FCA have proven in the past that they are capable of a fight, and will be motivated to prove their worthiness of a second consecutive season in the German top flight. But they will have to scrap for points another day.
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