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Bundesliga Preview: Wolfsburg - Bayern Munich

The Bavarians travel to Lower Saxony to meet former coach Felix Magath and will be looking to bounce back following an opening day defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.

By Clark Whitney

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Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1)

Benaglio; Hasebe, Kjaer, Russ, Schafer; Ochs, Trasch, Josue, Salihamidzic; Helmes, Mandzukic

Felix Magath is set to have a nearly full squad on hand, with only long-term absentees Arne Friedrich and Thomas Kahlenberg, as well as the dropped Diego, unavailable from his first-team squad.

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)

Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Gomez

Franck Ribery is fit once more and tipped to start, although should he be unable play the full 90 minutes, Toni Kroos will be on hand to deputize. The fitness of Arjen Robben is also in question. The Dutchman complained of back problems, which were confirmed by coach Jupp Heynckes. The only confirmed absentee from Jupp Heynckes' squad is Breno, who is not yet fully fit.


  • Wolfsburg has only enjoyed one win in its last 10 competitive matches against Bayern (two draws, seven defeats).
  • The Wolves' last win against Bayern was an emphatic one, though. In April 2009 the they beat the Munich-based side 5-1 at home.
  • Felix Magath's men have won four of their last five league games (one defeat).
  • Bayern Munich has only lost one of its last 10 Bundesliga games (seven wins, two draws), not allowing opponents more than one goal in any of these fixtures.
  • The Allianz Arena outfit has only won one of its last six Bundesliga outings at Wolfsburg (three draws, two defeats).
  • If the Bavarians lose this weekend, the German record champions would start the new campaign with two defeats for the first time in Bundesliga history.

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1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
14Simon KjaerDefender
4Marco RussDefender
4Marcel SchäferDefender
2Patrick OchsMidfielder
15Makoto HasebeMidfielder
15Christian TräschMidfielder
-Hasan SalihamidzicMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
17Patrick HelmesStriker
35Marwin HitzGoalkeeper
17Alexander MadlungDefender
39Michael SchulzeDefender
13Koo Ja-CheolMidfielder
25Sebastian SchindzielorzMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
9Srdjan LakicStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
28Holger BadstuberDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
33Mario GomezStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
27David AlabaMidfielder
5Daniel Van BuytenDefender
39Takashi UsamiStriker
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
11Ivica OlicStriker
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