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  • 21 April 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Weserstadion, Bremen
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 42100
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Werder Bremen - Bayern Munich Preview: Wholesale changes for the Bavarians ahead of Champions League semi-final showdown

Werder Bremen - Bayern Munich Preview: Wholesale changes for the Bavarians ahead of Champions League semi-final showdown

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A win may not be enough for Jupp Heynckes' side as Dortmund will retain the title should they defeat Gladbach, so the coach will rest key players for their visit to Madrid

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


WERDER BREMEN

Wiese
 Prodl, Affolter, Naldo, Schmitz
 Hunt, Ignjovski, Trybull
Junuzovic
Rosenberg, Pizarro
BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Rafinha, Boateng, Tymoshchuk, Contento
 Luiz Gustavo, Pranjic
Usami, Muller, Olic
Petersen


Thomas Schaaf's side have slid down the table in recent weeks with a series of disappointing results making qualifying for Europe only a distant possibility with just three games remaining.

Going into the fixture Werder possess a number of absentees with the suspensions of Clemens Fritz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sebastian Boenisch in defence as well as Philipp Bargfrede (Achilles), Mehmet Ekici (groin) and Marko Marin all on the sidelines through injury.

Should Borussia Dortmund defeat Borussia Monchengladbach this weekend they will be crowned Bundesliga champions so Jupp Heynckes is likely to rest as many key players as possible ahead of the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

With Holger Badstuber suspended, and Breno and Daniel Van Buyten still recovering from suspension, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will likely plug the gap at centre-back.

No fewer than seven first-team players could be rested by the Bayern coach including Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez. Takashi Usami could therefore make his first start for the Bavarians while Nils Petersen could return to the fold for his first appearance since the 2-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in March.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Werder Bremen have suffered a dramatic decline in their form since the winter break, winning just two games in 13 Bundesliga fixtures since the turn of the year.
  • The hosts have also failed to win a game in their last six outings. Three defeats and three draws have seen the Weserstadion outfit drop out of the European places and into eighth position.
  • Werder last beat Bayern Munich at home back in the 2006/07 season. Brazilian playmaker Diego was among the scorers in a 3-1 victory.
  • Bayern Munich's triumph over Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena in midweek was their first victory since being beaten by Borussia Dortmund on April 11.
  • The Bavarians came out on top in the reverse of this fixture earlier this season. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery netted twice each in a 4-1 win.
  • Mario Gomez needs three goals from his side's remaining three fixtures to equal his 28-goal haul from last season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Werder Bremen

Bayern München

Wins
0
0
5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

SV Werder Bremen SVW
SV Werder Bremen Werder Bremen
Draw
FC Bayern München FCB
FC Bayern München Bayern München
27%
61%

Top 3 Predictions

SV Werder Bremen SVW
0 - 2
FC Bayern München FCB
SV Werder Bremen SVW
1 - 3
FC Bayern München FCB
SV Werder Bremen SVW
1 - 2
FC Bayern München FCB

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