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  • 8 December 2012
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  • • SGL arena, Augsburg
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Augsburg - Bayern Munich Preview: Die Roten look to extend Bundesliga lead

Augsburg - Bayern Munich Preview: Die Roten look to extend Bundesliga lead

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Jupp Heynckes' men currently enjoy an eight-point cushion at the league summit, and another victory could increase their dominance depending on results elsewhere

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

FREIBURG

Amsif
Vogt, Sankoh, Klavan, Langkamp
Callsen-Bracker,Baier
Petrzela, Koo, Werner

Molders

BAYERN

Neuer
Lahm, Dante, Boateng, Alaba
Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Gomez

Sitting joint-bottom of the Bundesliga with just eight points from the first 15 games of the season, Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl desperately needs to find the winning formula at home to high-flying Bayern.

The hosts will be without 22-year-old left-back Matthias Ostrzolek, who suffered a thigh injury during last week's 1-1 draw against Freiburg. Former Bayern trainee Sebastian Langkamp is one defensive option to cover the injured full-back.

Having rested several first team regulars during FCB's 4-1 Champions League victory over BATE Borisov, coach Jupp Heynckes will recall the likes of Phillipp Lahm, David Alaba, Franck Ribery and Dante, all of whom started on the bench on Wednesday.

With Holger Badstuber ruled out long-term due to a cruciate knee ligament tear, Heynckes will also have to decide whether to start with Jerome Boateng or Daniel van Buyten at centre-back.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last 10 games in all competitions. Their last defeat was a 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen back in October.
  • That form has helped the Bavarians go eight points clear of Leverkusen at the top of the Bundesliga, as well as leading them to a first place finish in Champions League Group F.
  • Bayern are also unbeaten against Saturday's opponents, beating them home and away 2-1 during their maiden season in the top flight. The last clash was decided by two goals from striker Mario Gomez (right).
  • Augsburg secured their first-ever promotion to the top-flight in 2011 after finishing second in Bundesliga 2. In their opening season they defied expectations by avoiding relegation and finishing 14th overall.
  • 2012-13, however, has proved rather more difficult for the Bavaria institution. With just one win in 15 games, Augsburg currently languish near the foot of the table, eight points from safety.
  • Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl is no stranger to FCB having spent four years at the club as a player, though he failed to break into the first team.

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30Mohamed AmsifGoalkeeper
3Gibril SankohDefender
5Ragnar KlavanDefender
18Jan-Ingwer Callsen-BrackerDefender
27Kevin VogtMidfielder
13Koo Ja-CheolMidfielder
10Daniel BaierMidfielder
13Tobias WernerMidfielder
17Marcel de JongMidfielder
8Knowledge MusonaStriker
33Sascha MöldersStriker
1Alexander ManningerGoalkeeper
3Ronny PhilpDefender
11Milan PetrželaMidfielder
8Andreas OttlMidfielder
9Torsten OehrlStriker
23Aristide BancéStriker
36Stephan HainStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
18Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
26Diego ContentoDefender
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
33Mario GomezStriker

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