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UEFA Champions League

  • 2 November 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: B. Kuipers
  • • Attendance: 66000

Bayern Munich - Napoli Preview: Unbeaten group leaders go head-to-head in Bavaria

Bayern Munich - Napoli Preview: Unbeaten group leaders go head-to-head in Bavaria


The Bavarians will look to extend their lead at the top of Group A when they lock horns with the Italian outfit at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening



Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm
Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery


De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Fideleff, Aronica
Maggio, Inler, Dzemaili, Zuniga
Hamsik, Lavezzi

Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will likely feature against the Italians despite limping off in the second half of the 4-0 win over Nurnberg on Saturday with a calf injury. Defender Daniel Van Buyten has shaken off a foot problem and should be given the green light as well, while Arjen Robben is still sidelined after undergoing a hernia operation.

Walter Mazzarri will be without the services of Walter Gargano who is out with a thigh injury while Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro is suspended. Goran Pandev, whose late heroics at the Allianz Arena sent Bayern packing from the competition last season, is nursing a muscle strain and will not feature.

  • Bayern Munich have a formidable home record recently in the Champions League, winning nine out of their last 10 games at the Allianz Arena.
  • The Bavarians have committed the most fouls in the 2011-12 Champions League campaign after three matches (59).
  • Seven players from Jupp Heynckes' side were in the starting line-up for Germany's 3-1 victory over Turkey in their Euro 2012 qualifier on October 7.
  • Napoli have kept five clean sheets in their last eight games in all competitions.
  • Walter Mazzarri's men have scored in each of their first three group games in this season's competition.
  • The southern Italian outfit are winless in their last six games on German soil (W0 D3 L3).

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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
28Holger BadstuberDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
27David AlabaMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
24Nils PetersenStriker
11Ivica OlicStriker
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
21Federico FernándezDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
-Gianluca GravaDefender
-Ignacio FideleffDefender
3Andrea DossenaDefender
17Mario SantanaMidfielder
9Giuseppe MascaraStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
Players to Watch
Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 26-year-old is enjoying a very productive season so far, netting 12 goals in the Bundesliga while scoring two in the Champions League. Gomez will look to bounce back from his miss from the penalty spot against Napoli two weeks ago with a solid outing at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
El Matador has two goals in three matches in the competition so far and will need to add to his personal tally on Wednesday as the visitors look to spring a surprise over the Germans and take a big step towards the round of 16 in the process.
Bayern have been dominant at home in all competitions under Jupp Heynckes this season and should extend their lead at the top of Group A with a comfortable win over the Italians.
Editor's Prediction
Napoli 1

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