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  • 13 April 2013
  • • 14:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: M. Weiner
  • • Attendance: 71000

Bayern Munich - Nurnberg Preview: Champions face derby homecoming

Bayern Munich - Nurnberg Preview: Champions face derby homecoming


The league winners take on their fellow Bavarians in their first game since they sealed their Bundesliga title in Frankfurt last week


Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba
Javi Martinez, Tymoshchuk
Robben, Muller, Shaqiri

Balitsch, Nilsson, Klose, Pinola
Chandler, Kiyotake, Feulner, Esswein

Bayern Munich are set to rest a host of players with Tuesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Wolfsburg on the horizon. Tom Starke may replace Manuel Neuer in goal, but at the back, Jerome Boateng is certain to replace Daniel Van Buyten, who limped off against Juventus in midweek.

Rafinha could also start ahead of Philipp Lahm at right-back, while Diego Contento could replace David Alaba on the opposite side of defence. Bastian Schweinsteiger is likely to to be rested, and with Luiz Gustavo suspended, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is in line for a rare start in midfield.

Franck Ribery should get a break on the left flank, while Mario Gomez will start ahead of Mario Mandzukic. Toni Kroos (thigh) and Holger Badstuber (knee) are both out.

Meanwhile, Nurnberg will be without Adam Hlousek and Marcos Antonio, who are both struggling for fitness and Timo Gebhart, who has a thigh issue.

  • Bayern Munich have scored 24 goals in their five home games since the resumption of action after the winter break.
  • The Roten are also in search of their 100th Bundesliga win at the Allianz Arena. Their current record stands at 99 victories in 133 matches.
  • Bayern ended up reaching their third Champions League semi-final in four years after knocking out Juventus in midweek.
  • Nurnberg have lost to Bayern more times than to any other opponent in the Bundesliga.
  • Markus Feulner (pictured, right) started his career at Bayern. He represented Koln, Mainz and Dortmund before moving back to Bavaria in 2011.


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Available Squads
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
38Emre CanMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33M. GómezStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
27David AlabaMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
34Pierre Emil HøjbjergMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
1Raphael SchäferGoalkeeper
3Per NilssonDefender
5Timm KloseDefender
25Horacio Javier PinolaDefender
2Timmy SimonsMidfielder
5Hanno BalitschMidfielder
14Markus FeulnerMidfielder
8Hiroshi KiyotakeMidfielder
17Mike FrantzMidfielder
10Tomas PekhartStriker
11Alexander EssweinStriker
22Patrick RakovskyGoalkeeper
21Marvin PlattenhardtDefender
37Timothy ChandlerDefender
-Muhammed IldizMidfielder
27Markus MendlerMidfielder
-Mu KanazakiMidfielder
-Sebastian PolterStriker
Players to Watch
Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
After making a fantastic start to the season, the Germany star has tailed off in recent weeks and was guilty of missing a couple of chances on Wednesday at Juventus Stadium. As a Bavarian, he will be particularly eager to score in the derby, though.
Markus Feulner
Markus Feulner
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 1 0
As a local boy, and having come through the Allianz Arena ranks, there will be no one in the Nurnberg team more keen to make his mark at Bayern and force the home fans to curtail their celebrations after a fantastic week.
Bayern may be set to rest a host of stars, but even with Nurnberg in good form, die Roten will be simply too good for their opponents and should chalk up Bundesliga victory No.100 at the Allianz Arena with ease.
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