Goal.com looks ahead to the action as the Bavarians aim to rebound from last week's loss to Dortmund with a successful away visit to Thomas Tuchel's struggling side.
Pospech, Bungert, Svensson, Fathi
Caligiuri, Kirchhoff, Soto
N. Muller, Allagui
Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo, Kroos
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Mainz captain Nikolce Noveski is sidelined with a thigh injury, with Niko Bungert and Bo Svensson expected to start in central defense. Marcel Risse is also out, as well as long term casualty Adam Szalai. Eugen Polanski, meanwhile, is suspended.
The big question mark over Bayern's team is how Thomas Muller will be restored to the starting lineup. In all likelihood, he will slot in as the attacking midfielder behind center forward Mario Gomez, meaning that Toni Kroos will drop back to defensive midfield. His partner in the second No. 6 position will be either David Alaba or Luiz Gustavo, as Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is suspended and Bastian Schweinsteiger remains sidelined with injury.
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Mainz took three points from Stuttgart in the team's last match, ending a nine-game winless streak.
- FSV has conceded in all but two matches this season.
- At this point last season, Thomas Tuchel's men were second in the league table, seven points ahead of Bayern. The team is now in 15th place, 16 points behind the Bavarians with a game in hand.
- Bayern Munich has lost two of its last five games in the Bundesliga.
- The league leader has conceded just five times, and is on pace to shatter its previous record of 21 goals conceded in a season.
- The Bavarians have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four matches in all competitions.