Bayern Munich-Nurnberg Preview: Hosts looking to break another record
The European champions stand on a club-best 28 Bundesliga games unbeaten and will look to make history at home to their Bavarian rivals on Saturday
By Peter Hanson
Bayern Munich will look to break a club record 27 Bundesliga games without defeat when they contest the Bavarian derby with Nurnberg.
Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal of the game as Pep Guardiola's men continued their 100 per cent winning start to the new league campaign at Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend.
That result also meant they drew level with their club record of 27 Bundesliga matches undefeated - and they can go beyond that figure by avoiding an upset against Nuremberg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Bayern forward Thomas Muller says the squad know of their achievement, but insisted they are solely focused on the task of taking another three points.
"We're obviously aware of it and we're delighted, but the priority in Frankfurt was three points, which we were determined to take," he told the club's official website.
"We've generally done well at home to Nurnberg, and we obviously want that to continue. Nurnberg are very strong in the air and come with enormous presence.
"They play with great determination, so we have to resist that. We're superior to them technically and tactically, but we have to show that on the field."
Bayern have no fresh injury worries ahead of the game, but centre-back Holger Badstuber remains a long-term absentee after suffering a recurrence of a cruciate ligament tear in May.
Nurnberg have started their league campaign with consecutive 2-2 draws against Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin respectively.
Michael Wiesinger's side have shown fighting spirit in those fixtures, coming back from losing positions in both matches to take a share of the spoils.
However, they have issues in defence ahead of the game. Marcos Antonio is set to miss the whole campaign with a hyaline cartilage injury picked up in pre-season, while Per Nilsson is doubtful with a hamstring problem.
Top 3 Predictions
Bayern 3-0 FC Nürnberg
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