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  • 28 January 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: F. Zwayer
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Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Wolfsburg

Bavarians look to rebound from last week's disappointment as they host Felix Magath's revamped side


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm
Schweinsteiger, Kroos
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gomez
WOLFSBURG


Benaglio
Trasch, Madlung, Felipe Lopes, Rodriguez
Vieirinha, Josue, Jiracek, Schafer
Dejagah, Mandzukic


Franck Ribery returns to the starting line-up for Bayern, meaning that coach Jupp Heynckes will have a selection headache: one of Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos or Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will sit out, more likely than not the latter. Following Daniel van Buyten's injury last weekend, Jerome Boateng will shift to occupy the Belgian's central defensive position, while Rafinha will stand in at right-back.

For Wolfsburg, Mario Mandzukic has recovered from a knock, having missed last week's action, and is expected to play from the start. There is a question mark over the position of right-winger, as Koo Ja-Cheol and newcomer Vieirinha are in a head-to-head race for the nomination. Similarly in central defence, Alexander Madlung and Marco Russ will vie for a starting berth. Jan Polak, Srdjan Lakic, and Thomas Hitzlsperger are anticipated to be omitted from Felix Magath's matchday squad.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Bayern Munich have scored more and conceded fewer goals at home than any Bundesliga team, but have three fewer points than Schalke on their own soil.
  • The German record champions have found the net within the opening 15 minutes on nine occasions this season, a Bundesliga best by a margin of three.
  • Should he appear as expected, Mario Gomez will participate in his 200th Bundesliga game on Saturday.
  • Wolfsburg have taken just four points away from home all season; their only win came on August 6 in their Bundesliga opener.
  • Felix Magath's side have brought in eight players this January, and offloaded three.
  • Sebastian Polter, the 20-year-old striker who made his Bundesliga debut in December, has scored his team's last two goals, the winners against Koln and Stuttgart.

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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
28Holger BadstuberDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
2BrenoDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
11Ivica OlicStriker
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
26Felipe Aliste LopesDefender
4Marcel SchäferDefender
4Marco RussDefender
29ChrisDefender
34Ricardo RodriguezDefender
15Makoto HasebeMidfielder
15Christian TräschMidfielder
19Petr JirácekMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
18Mario MandzukicStriker
35Marwin HitzGoalkeeper
13Koo Ja-CheolMidfielder
7JosuéMidfielder
-Hasan SalihamidzicMidfielder
-Yohandri OrozcoMidfielder
9Sebastian PolterStriker
44Giovanni-Guy Yann SioStriker
Players to Watch
Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The wing wizard owes his team a debt after being foolishly sent off against Koln in December. Bayern struggled in his absence last week, and the Frenchman will hope to make amends with a good performance in front of the home fans.
Mario Mandzukic
Mario Mandzukic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Croatian striker is not the least bit goal-shy, and is one of the few players not to be on Magath's list of players under threat to be offloaded, and for good reason: he found the net eight times in the first half of the season. Fit again following a brief injury lay-off, Mandzukic will be raring to go once again.
Prediction
Felix Magath is always especially keen to bring out the best from his teams ahead of a clash with Bayern, but the record champions are unlikely to slide for a second game. The hosts have an impressive record at home, and the return of Franck Ribery will be a big boost.
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