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  • April 5, 2014
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • WWK Arena, Augsburg
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 30660

Bundesliga Preview: Augsburg - Bayern Munich

Bundesliga Preview: Augsburg - Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola is expected to rest a number of key players with one eye on next week's Champions League quarterfinal second-leg against Manchester United.

Dante has warned Augsburg there is no chance Bayern Munich will take its eye off the ball in Saturday's clash at SGL arena.

The Bavarian giant has already wrapped up the Bundesliga title and the priority now is undoubtedly the second leg of the club's Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester United.

Bayern was held to a 1-1 draw by the Premier League side at Old Trafford on Tuesday and is strongly fancied to progress to the last four of the competition the club won last season.

Coach Pep Guardiola is expected to make changes for this weekend's Bavarian derby with one eye on the return fixture against David Moyes' side on Wednesday.

Defender Dante, who was suspended for the draw with United, stressed that the German and European champion will be going all out for three points against Markus Weinzierl's men.

"The best way of preparing for the return leg against Manchester United is to put on a good display at Augsburg," he told Bayern's official website. "Although we're already champions we don't want to give anything away by taking our foot off the gas. At the end of the day it's a derby. We need to keep focused and win it for our fans."

Bayern broke Hamburg's record for the longest unbeaten run in Bundesliga history when the club beat Augsburg 3-0 back in November and has still not lost in the league since then, meaning the streak now stands at 53 matches.

Guardiola's side have also beaten Augsburg 2-0 away in the DFB-Pokal in each of the last two seasons and Brazil international Dante has seen enough of this weekend's opponents to expect a stern test.

"I remember the cup ties at their place. They were always tricky," he added.

Bayern will be without left back Diego Contento after he sustained ankle ligament in training ahead of the first-leg against United.

Striker Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Mario Gotze will be hoping to earn recalls after starting on the bench at Old Trafford.

Augsburg's push for a place in Europe has hit the buffers in recent weeks as they are now without a win in four league games.

The club was beaten 3-0 at Mainz last Saturday and have picked up just one point from a possible 12, a poor run that has left it in eighth place.

Midfielders Tobias Werner and Andre Hahn miss out due to suspension.

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