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  • February 8, 2014
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Grundig-Stadion, Nürnberg
  • Referee: T. Welz
  • • Attendance: 50000
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Bundesliga Preview: Nurnberg - Bayern Munich

Bundesliga Preview: Nurnberg - Bayern Munich

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The visitors have only conceded twice in the league since their 2-1 win over Hannover in early November.

Nurnberg will likely hold little hope of boosting its Bundesliga survival hopes against dominant leader Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's men are well on course to win back-to-back titles, sitting 13 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen after 19 matchdays having dropped just four points all season.

Despite suffering a scare at Stuttgart, when it required two goals in the final 14 minutes to clinch victory, Bayern has begun the second half of the season in much the same way as it ended the first.

Guardiola's side has conceded just twice in the league since beating Hoffenheim 2-1 at the start of November and has scored 19 goals in its last five Bundesliga matches.

Indeed, Bayern has scored as many goals in the top flight this season as struggler Eintracht Frankfurt, Eintracht Braunschweig and Freiburg combined — finding the net 51 times. While Nurnberg failed to score against Bayern in two attempts last year, losing 4-0 and 2-0 at the Allianz Arena, it secured a point in the sides' last fixture at the Grundig Stadion in November 2012.

Were Gertjan Verbeek's men to record an unlikely victory, and just their third in the league this season, it would provide a huge boost to their survival hopes. Currently 15th in the league, Nurnberg could climb as high as 12th with a win but would need a host of other results to go its way.

The club will go into the clash with some confidence, having won both of its Bundesliga matches in 2014 — overcoming Hoffenheim 4-0 and Hertha Berlin 3-1 — and drawing the three before them.

Josip Drmic will be the man most likely to add to Bayern's tally of nine goals conceded, having scored five times in his last four games.

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