Bayern Munich-Stuttgart Preview: Bavarians looking to complete treble
Jupp Heynckes will be eager to bow out with a flourish as die Roten's coach as his side stand on the brink of making German football history
By Enis Koylu
Bayern Munich have been dealt a blow with the news that Dante and Luiz Gustavo will miss the DFB-Pokal final due to their involvement in the Confederations Cup late in June.
|Bet:||Returns:||Werder Bremen £130.00||Draw £65.00||Bayern £12.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Werder Bremen £110.00||Draw £55.00||Bayern £12.50|
|Bet:||Returns:||Werder Bremen £120.00||Draw £60.00||Bayern £12.20|
|Bet:||Returns:||Werder Bremen £130.00||Draw £55.00||Bayern £12.50|
|Bet:||Returns:||Werder Bremen £110.00||Draw £62.50||Bayern £12.20|
While the latter would have started from the bench, the former will be replaced by Daniel Van Buyten at the heart of defence.
Meanwhile, Toni Kroos is sidelined until the start of next season and Holger Badstuber will miss the rest of 2013.
Meanwhile, Stuttgart have an almost full-strength squad to pick from. Daniel Didavi has a knee problem, but was unlikely to play anyway.
Ibrahima Traore will replace Shinji Okazaki from the team who drew 2-2 with Mainz on the final day of the Bundesliga season, but they should be unchanged otherwise, with Alexandru Maxim keeping his place in the XI.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The Pokal final will be Bayern Munich boss' Jupp Heynckes' final game in German football. He represented Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover as a player before coaching the Foals, the Bavarians, Frankfurt, Schalke and Leverkusen.
- Bayern have won the Pokal 15 times, more than any other club.
- Captain Philipp Lahm (pictured, right) spent time on loan at Stuttgart as a youngster, while striker Mario Gomez started his career at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
- Stuttgart lost to Bavarian opposition last time they reached the DFB-Pokal final, slipping to a 3-2 defeat to Nurnberg in extra time.
- The Swabians won two of the first six editions of the competition in its current incarnation, but have only won it once since 1997.
- Coach Bruno Labbadia spent three years at the Allianz Arena during his playing days.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Bayern München 3-0 VfB Stuttgart
- 13.81 %
FC Bayern München 3-1 VfB Stuttgart
- 11.14 %
FC Bayern München 4-0 VfB Stuttgart
- 11.07 %
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Jun 1, 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - VfB Stuttgart 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Jan 27, 2013||VfB Stuttgart 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 2, 2012||FC Bayern München 6 - VfB Stuttgart 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Apr 28, 2012||FC Bayern München 2 - VfB Stuttgart 0|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Feb 8, 2012||VfB Stuttgart 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
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|Dec 4, 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Eintracht Braunschweig 0||GER1|
|Nov 27, 2013||PFC CSKA Moskva 1 - FC Bayern München 3||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - FC Bayern München 3||GER1|
|Nov 9, 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - FC Augsburg 0||GER1|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
|44||Alexandru Iulian Maxim||Midfielder|
|4||William Kvist Jörgensen||Midfielder|
Schweinsteiger was a muted presence in the Champions League final against Dortmund, but few will understand the rivalry between Bayern and Stuttgart better than him. With history in the making, his experience will certainly come in handy.
Ibisevic started his Stuttgart career fairly well but, since the turn of the year, the goals have dried up. He started to regain some of his form in the final few games of the season and will fancy his chances of upsetting Bayern's makeshift central defence.
Bayern will certainly feel the absence of Dante, who has been the mainstay of the side's defence, but should end up on top nonetheless. They have recorded two comprehensive victories over their southern rivals this term and should encounter no serious problems on Saturday.
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Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed