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December 1, 2012 12:30 PM EST
Allianz-Arena — München
Referee:‬ P. Gagelmann‎
Attendance:‬ 71000‎
 
67′ Toni Kroos
Mario Götze 74′

Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Borussia Dortmund

The visitors go into this fixture 11 points behind their rivals but know that a win on Saturday would keep aspirations of a third straight Bundesliga crown within realistic reach.

By Enis Koylu

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN

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

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Kuba, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski

Bayern Munich shuffled the pack for the trip to Freiburg on Wednesday, leaving out Bastian Schweinsteiger; however, the Germany midfilder can be expected to slot back into the team after a well-deserved rest at the expense of Xherdan Shaqiri.

That will see him parter with Javi Martinez in the deep-lying positions, with Toni Kroos shifting forward into the No. 10 role. Elsewhere, coach Jupp Heynckes will have to make a decision on who will lead the line. Mario Gomez scored in the 5-0 win over Hannover last week, but he was largely quiet during his hour against Freiburg.

Should the veteran coach decide not to pick the Germany star, either Mario Mandzukic or Claudio Pizarro will start in his absence. Luiz Gustavo, however, remains sidelined with a ligament problem, while Jerome Boateng is lacking fitness.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund also rested a couple of players for the game against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Tuesday. Mats Hummels sat out the Ruhr derby, but he will slot back into the heart of defense in place of Felipe Santana.

Ilkay Gundogan also missed the Signal Iduna Park clash with a minor injury, but he could return unless boss Jurgen Klopp elects to start with two defensive-minded midfielders in Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender. Finally, Mario Gotze will start, with Kevin Grosskreutz the most likely to drop to the bench.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich sealed their place as the Herbstmeister - the winter champions - on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Freiburg at the Mage Solar Stadion.
  • Jupp Heynckes has guided teams to second-placed finishes, behind Dortmund, for the last two seasons. His Leverkusen team ended 2010-11 seven points behind the champions, and Bayern trailed BVB by eight at the end of last season.
  • The Roten's sporting director, Matthias Sammer, spent six years at the Westfalenstadion as a player, winning the Champions League and Ballon d'Or during his time there.
  • Borussia Dortmund has won all of its last four Bundesliga games against Bayern.
  • Mats Hummels began his career as a youth at the Allianz Arena, while Sven Bender, Mario Gotze and Moritz Leinter all hail from Bavaria.
  • Since losing to Schalke on Oct. 20, BVB is unbeaten in the league, emerging victorious over Bavarian opponents in Augsburg and Greuther Furth since.


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1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
28Holger BadstuberDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
9Mario MandzukicStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
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Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
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Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5