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  • 6 April 2013
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Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayern Munich Preview: Bundesliga crown awaits visitors

Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayern Munich Preview: Bundesliga crown awaits visitors

Alexander Hassenstein

After being denied the title last week, Jupp Heynckes' men can wrap up the 23rd league triumph in their illustrious history at the Commerzbank Arena

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

FRANKFURT
 
Nikolov
Jun, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka
Schwegler, Rode
Aigner, Meier, Inui
Lakic
BAYERN

Neuer
Rafinha, Van Buyten, Boateng, Contento
Tymoshchuk, Martinez
Robben, Muller, Shaqiri
Gomez

With the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Juventus looming large, Bayern are set to shuffle the pack once more, with Rafinha, Jerome Boateng and Diego Contento all getting run-outs in defence in the places of Philipp Lahm, Dante and David Alaba, respectively.

In midfield, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will get a rare start as Bastian Schweinsteiger is given a rest, while Franck Ribery should make way for Xherdan Shaqiri, who will form an attacking midfield trio with Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben in Toni Kroos' absence.

Finally, Mario Gomez is likely to play up front ahead of Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro. Holger Badstuber, of course, is out for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, for the hosts, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is unavailable due to a broken hand, giving Oka Nikolov a rare opportunity to impress in the Bundesliga.

Elsewhere, though, they have no fresh injuries or suspensions, though Pirmin Schwegler and Martin Lanig will be competing for a spot in midfield, with the former returning from injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Eintracht Frankfurt have the best home record against Bayern of any team in the Bundesliga, having won 18 games against them and lost just nine.

  • What's more, no team has ever claimed a 1-0 victory over the Bavarians more times in their history than the Hessians.
  • Frankfurt coach Armin Veh made all 65 of his Bundesliga appearances playing under Bayern counterpart Jupp Heynckes (pictured, right) at Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • Bayern Munich can win the title with six games to spare for the first time in their history, beating their record of matchday 30 from 1973 and 2003.
  • Furthermore, no team has ever won the Bundesliga title during the first half of April.
  • Claudio Pizarro's four goals against Hamburg last week were his first of the Bundesliga season, coming in his 14th appearance.

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Available Squads
1Oka NikolovGoalkeeper
5Carlos ZambranoDefender
4Marco RussDefender
6Bastian OczipkaDefender
20Sebastian RodeMidfielder
23AndersonDefender
24Sebastian JungDefender
8Takashi InuiMidfielder
13Martin LanigMidfielder
16Stefan AignerMidfielder
40Karim MatmourMidfielder
32Aykut ÖzerGoalkeeper
17Heiko ButscherDefender
15Constant DjakpaDefender
27Stefano CelozziDefender
28Sonny KittelMidfielder
21Marc StenderaMidfielder
9Srdjan LakicStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
Players to Watch
Stefan Aigner
Stefan Aigner
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
After Eintracht Frankfurt went through a rocky patch earlier in 2013, they have showed signs of being their usual self in recent weeks, and the right winger has been a key part in that, scoring in his last two games, and he will need to keep up that form if his side are to get a top-four finish.
Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
One of Bayern's forgotten men, Robben will have the chance to show just what he is capable of in the coming weeks due to Toni Kroos' injury. He is set to face Juventus next week, and having scuffed a couple of chances in the first leg against the Bianconeri, will be eager to play his way into confidence.
Prediction
After a brief rocky period, Bayern are back on form. They smashed Hamburg to pieces last week, dominated Juventus on Tuesday, and although they are planning on resting players, will have no trouble against an out-of-sorts Frankfurt.
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