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  • 27 January 2013
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Stuttgart-Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians look to clock up win number 15

Stuttgart-Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians look to clock up win number 15

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Jupp Heynckes' side were not at their brilliant best in beating Greuther Furth in their last outing, but the addition of Arjen Robben to the starting XI could be a timely boost

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

STUTTGART

Ulreich
Rudiger, Tasci, Niedermeier, Molinaro
Kvist
Harnik, Gentner, Hajnal, Traore
Ibisevic

BAYERN MUNICH

 
Neuer
Lahm, Dante, Van Buyten, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger

Robben, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic
 

Given the media circus that has surrounded Bayern Munich over the last two weeks, Jupp Heynckes and his band of men will probably let out a sigh of relief as they go on their travels on Sunday.

The Bavarians have been under the glare of the world's press following the appointment of Pep Guardiola and despite beating Greuther Furth 2-0 last week, the performance was surprisingly workmanlike from the well-oiled machine that shone prior to the winter break.

That said, they still enjoy a nine-point lead over joint-second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund and will be confident of racking up a 15th league win of the season over a VfB side who reside in 10th spot.

Daniel Van Buyten is likely to get the nod ahead of Jerome Boateng at centre-back, while Javi Martinez will partner Bastian Schweinsteiger in midfield and Arjen Robben could return in place of Thomas Muller.

Stuttgart are without Cacau and Christoph Hemlein through injury, with new loan signing Federico Macheda likely to start from the bench.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stuttgart have lost their last two Bundesliga games in disappointing fashion. Mainz beat them 3-1 before the winter break, and Wolfsburg 2-0 after the league recommenced.
  • VfB boss Bruno Labbadia played for Bayern between 1991 and 1994, winning the Bundesliga with the club in his final season in Bavaria.
  • Stuttgart lost the 1986 DFB-Pokal final to Bayern Munich 5-2.
  • Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm spent time on loan at Stuttgart during the early part of his career.
  • Additionally, Mario Gomez began his career at the Mercedes Benz Arena before moving to Bavaria.
  • Bayern Munich beat Stuttgart 6-1 at home earlier in the season, with Thomas Muller scoring twice in the victory.

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Available Squads
1Sven UlreichGoalkeeper
5Serdar TasciDefender
6Georg NiedermeierDefender
3Cristian MolinaroDefender
-Antonio RüdigerDefender
4William Kvist JörgensenMidfielder
-Ibrahima TraoreMidfielder
20Christian GentnerMidfielder
7Martin HarnikStriker
9Vedad IbisevicStriker
23Shinji OkazakiStriker
23Marc ZieglerGoalkeeper
6Tim HooglandDefender
26Felipe Aliste LopesDefender
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
-Tunay TorunMidfielder
16Raphael HolzhauserMidfielder
30Tamas HajnalMidfielder
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
8Toni KroosMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
33M. GómezStriker
Players to Watch
Vedad Ibisevic
Vedad Ibisevic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 1 0
The 28-year-old was suspended as Stuttgart fell to a 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg last Saturday and with 10 goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances this season, his absence was certainly felt. His return to the starting XI is a sizeable boost and if a chance does arise then he will be sure to take it.
Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 0 0
Injury has been a painful and recurring theme for the Netherlands winger over the years. He was named on the substitutes' bench following yet another spell on the sidelines in the win over Greuther Furth, but after an encouraging 20-minute cameo he could start and inject his blend of pace and skill.
Prediction
Manuel Neuer labelled VfB "unpredictable" on Friday and they could well give the Bavarians an early scare before the Bundesliga leaders find their rhythm and power to yet another victory.
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