Five months after the Lower Saxons claimed three controversial points at the AWD-Arena, the Bavarians hope to gain revenge and keep their title hopes alive
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
Luiz Gustavo, Kroos
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Cherundolo, Eggimann, Haggui, Pander
Stindl, Pinto, Rausch
Jupp Heynckes looks set to use the same starting line-up that edged Monchengladbach on penalties on Wednesday in the DFB-Pokal, with no injuries having been reported and Bastian Schweinsteiger still not 100 percent fit. The midfielder appears prepared for a spectator's role as he recovers from an ankle problem, and will join the still-rehabilitating Breno and Daniel van Buyten in the stands.
Mirko Slomka will have a full squad available on Saturday, with the exception of long-term absentee Leon Andreasen. The trainer is expected to field a 4-3-1-2 formation, although his exact selection is somewhat uncertain. Either Christian Pander or the more defensive Christian Schulz will get the nod at left-back, while either Konstantin Rausch or Manuel Schmiedebach will feature in defensive midfield.
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- Bayern Munich has lost two of its last three matches against Hannover - the other the Bavarians won.
- The German record champion has won all five of its home games in 2012, and has not dropped points at the Allianz Arena since Nov. 19.
- Franck Ribery's 11 Bundesliga goals this season equals his best-ever tally for Bayern, set in 2007-08. With a goal he could set a new personal best.
Hannover has scored just nine goals away form home this season. Only Kaiserslautern (eight) has a worse record.
- Mirko Slomka's side has, on the other hand, found the net eight times over the last two games, scoring four in each.
When these teams last met, Jerome Boateng and Steven Cherundolo both saw red in what proved to be a feisty encounter.