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  • November 17, 2012
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Grundig-Stadion, Nürnberg
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 50000
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Bundesliga Preview: Nurnberg - Bayern Munich

Dieter Hecking's side has been in poor form of late, and could be in for another tough afternoon when it entertains its local rival on Saturday.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NURNBERG

Schafer
Chandler, Nilsson, Klose, Pinola
Feulner, Simons
Gebhart, Kiyotake, Frantz
Pekhart
BAYERN

Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic

Nurnberg can be expected to make a couple of changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Mainz last week at the Coface Arena. Firstly, Raphael Schafer is back to take up his place in goal and will replace Patrick Rakovsky, but Alexander Stephan is still sidelined with a knee injury.

At the back, Javier Pinola should return in the place of Marvin Plattenhardt, while Hanno Balitsch picked up his fifth booking of the season last week, with Markus Feulner set to step in for him in midfield. However, Almog Cohen, Adam Hlousek and Markus Mendler are all trying to regain fitness.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich has only a couple of absences ahead of the short trip to Stadion Nurnberg. The sole major absence is Jerome Boateng, who missed Germany's friendly draw with Netherlands with a hamstring problem. Daniel Van Buyten is likely to continue at center back in his absence, but Holger Badstuber could also return after missing the last few weeks with a thigh strain.

In midfield, Luiz Gustavo is likely to be preferred to Javi Martinez, who endured a long-haul journey after Spain's friendly with Panama, but Bastian Schweinsteiger is fit after pulling out of the Germany squad due to illness. Similarly, Toni Kroos should be fine to take his place in attacking midfield behind Mario Mandzukic, while Mario Gomez could make the bench after playing in a midweek friendly, scoring four goals in the process.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Nurnberg had boasted the record of having won the most national championships until 1987 when they were overtaken by Bayern.
  • Der Club have won just one of their last eight matches. Their slump has seen them drop to 15th in the table.
  • Nurnberg skipper Raphael Schafer played alongside Bayern counterpart Philipp Lahm, and Mario Gomez, during his time at Stuttgart.
  • Bayern Munich has not lost to Nurnberg in the Bundesliga since matchday 20 of the 2006-07 season, when they crashed to a 3-0 away loss.
  • Die Roten overcame their Bavarian rivals in the 1982 DFB-Pokal final. Current club president Uli Hoeness (pictured, right) scored the final goal in a 4-2 victory.
  • Two goals for Claudio Pizarro on Saturday would see the Peruvian climb to ninth on the all-time list of Bundesliga top scorers.

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1Raphael SchäferGoalkeeper
3Per NilssonDefender
5Timm KloseDefender
25Horacio Javier PinolaDefender
37Timothy ChandlerDefender
2Timmy SimonsMidfielder
14Markus FeulnerMidfielder
10Timo GebhartMidfielder
8Hiroshi KiyotakeMidfielder
17Mike FrantzMidfielder
-Sebastian PolterStriker
22Patrick RakovskyGoalkeeper
-Noah KorczowskiDefender
21Marvin PlattenhardtDefender
14Robert MakMidfielder
10Tomas PekhartStriker
-Roussel NgankamStriker
11Alexander EssweinStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
27David AlabaMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
8Toni KroosMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
21Philipp LahmDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
28Holger BadstuberDefender
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
23Mitchell WeiserDefender
14Claudio PizarroStriker

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