Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Augsburg
The German record champion has hit a rich vein of form and will hope to maintain the streak ahead of next Wednesday's top-of-the-table clash with leaders Dortmund.
By Clark Whitney
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Verhaegh, Sankoh, Langkamp, Ostrzolek
Ndjeng, Koo, Bellinghausen
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes will welcome Bastian Schweinsteiger back into his starting XI after the midfielder missed out on the 2-0 win against Marseille in midweek. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is tipped to partner the vice-captain in defensive midfield as Luiz Gustavo is banned for accumulated bookings.
However, the trainer could opt to use Toni Kroos in a holding role as well. Aside from Gustavo, Bayern will be without long-term casualty Daniel van Buyten, as well as Breno, who is not expected to play another game for the Munich side.
Augsburg is expected to use the same line-up as in last week's 2-1 win over Koln, with Nando Rafael retaining his spot in attack. Torsten Oehrl remains sidelined with a muscular injury, and will join Marcel de Jong, Dawda Bah and Akaki Gogia in the stands.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bayern Munich has won eight consecutive games (including its DFB-Pokal semifinal penalty shoot-out victory), scoring 27 goals and conceding just twice in the process.
- The German record champion has the Bundesliga's best record on home soil, having earned 36 points at the Allianz Arena.
- In his last seven appearances in all competitions, Arjen Robben has scored nine goals and assisted five more.
- Augsburg has climbed out of the relegation zone in recent weeks, having gone undefeated in six games with three wins during its run of form.
- FCA is in its best-ever position in the Bundesliga, four points clear of the relegation zone.
- Both of Saturday's Bavarian contestants were last defeated by Leverkusen.
Top 3 Predictions
Bayern 4-0 FC Augsburg
- 23.37 %
Bayern 3-0 FC Augsburg
- 15.96 %
Bayern 8-0 FC Augsburg
- 14.16 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||May 11, 2013||Bayern 3 - FC Augsburg 0|
|DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Dec 18, 2012||FC Augsburg 0 - Bayern 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Dec 8, 2012||FC Augsburg 0 - Bayern 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Apr 7, 2012||Bayern 2 - FC Augsburg 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Nov 6, 2011||FC Augsburg 1 - Bayern 2|
|May 18, 2013||Mönchengladbach 3 - Bayern 4||GER1|
|May 11, 2013||Bayern 3 - FC Augsburg 0||GER1|
|May 4, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 1 - Bayern 1||GER1|
|May 1, 2013||Barcelona 0 - Bayern 3||UCL|
|Apr 27, 2013||Bayern 1 - Freiburg 0||GER1|
|6||Jonas de Roeck||Defender|
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