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  • November 27, 2011
  • • 11:30 AM
  • • Coface Arena, Mainz
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 34000

Bundesliga Preview: Mainz - Bayern Munich 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.

  • 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.
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Available Squads
29Christian WetkloGoalkeeper
26Niko BungertDefender
2Bo SvenssonDefender
3Zdenek PospechDefender
3Malik FathiDefender
19Elkin SotoMidfielder
33Marco CaligiuriMidfielder
27Nicolai MüllerMidfielder
14Julian BaumgartlingerMidfielder
25Andreas IvanschitzMidfielder
33Heinz MüllerGoalkeeper
34Fabian SchönheimDefender
7Zoltan StieberMidfielder
11Yunus MalliMidfielder
-Mario GavranovicStriker
10Eric Maxim Choupo-MotingStriker
-Anthony UjahStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
21Philipp LahmDefender
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
28Holger BadstuberDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
26Diego ContentoDefender
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
24Nils PetersenStriker
11Ivica OlicStriker
Players to Watch
Anthony Ujah
Anthony Ujah
Position: Striker
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Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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