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  • September 28, 2013
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: B. Dankert
  • • Attendance: 71000

Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Wolfsburg

Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Wolfsburg


Mario Gotze is available for selection at Allianz Arena, while Luiz Gustavo could feature against the club that sold him this summer.

Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze could make his return from an ankle injury when the Bundesliga champion hosts Wolfsburg on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Gotze has missed almost a month of action for the Bavarians after suffering the knock against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, but he returned to full training this week. Gotze did not feature in Wednesday's crushing 4-1 DFB Pokal win over Hannover, but he may return to the substitutes' bench at least for the visit of Dieter Hecking's side.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will be boosted by Gotze's potential comeback with midfield duo Thiago Alcantara (knee) and Javi Martinez (groin) still a long way off returning. Holger Badstuber is Bayern's only other concern with a long-term knee injury.

Bayern will be confident of further success against Wolfsburg, having won nine of the last 10 meetings between the sides and drawing the other.

Wolfsburg's last win over the championship side was an emphatic 5-1 thrashing in April 2009. It went a long way to securing a first Bundesliga title for the Lower Saxony outfit that season and is one of just three wins Wolfsburg have enjoyed over Bayern in its history.

Luiz Gustavo returned from suspension for Wolfsburg in its midweek DFB Pokal win over second-tier Aalen and is likely to play against the club he left ahead of the new season.

The Brazilian midfielder will be charged with tracking Bayern's stellar attacking talents, but he will be keen to avoid another red card, having been dismissed in two of his three Bundesliga appearances for his new employers this term.

Gustavo's inclusion will go some way to offsetting the absence of Vieirinha, after the Portugal winger was ruled out for a lengthy period with a knee ligament injury, joining striker Bas Dost (ankle) on the sidelines.

Wolfsburg, which finished 11th in the Bundesliga last season, has won three and lost three of its six league fixtures so far this season.

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