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August 13, 2011 2:30 PM BST
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA — Wolfsburg
Referee:‬ K. Kircher‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
 
Luiz Gustavo 90+1′

Bundesliga Preview: Wolfsburg - Bayern Munich

The Bavarian giants travel to Lower Saxony to meet their former coach Felix Magath and will be looking to bounce back following their opening day defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach

By Clark Whitney

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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1)

Benaglio; Hasebe, Kjaer, Russ, Schafer; Ochs, Trasch, Josue, Salihamidzic; Helmes, Mandzukic

Felix Magath is set to have a nearly full squad on hand, with only long-term absentees Arne Friedrich and Thomas Kahlenberg, as well as the dropped Diego, unavailable from his first-team squad.

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)

Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Gomez

Franck Ribery is fit once more and tipped to start, although should he be unable play the full 90 minutes, Toni Kroos will be on hand to deputise. The fitness of Arjen Robben is also in question; the Dutchman complained of back problems, which were confirmed by coach Jupp Heynckes. The only confirmed absentee from Jupp Heynckes' squad is Breno, who is not yet fully fit.


DID YOU KNOW?
 

  • Wolfsburg have only enjoyed one win in their last 10 competitive matches against Bayern (two draws, seven defeats).
  • The Wolves' last win against Bayern was an emphatic one, though. In April 2009 they beat the Munich-based side 5-1 at home.
  • Felix Magath's men have won four of their last five league games (one defeat).
  • Bayern Munich have only lost one of their last 10 Bundesliga games (seven wins, two draws), not allowing their opponents more than one goal in any of these fixtures.
  • The Allianz Arena outfit have only won one of their last six Bundesliga outings at Wolfsburg (three draws, two defeats).
  • If the Bavarians lose this weekend, the German record champions would start the new campaign with two defeats for the first time in Bundesliga history.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
14Simon KjaerDefender
4Marco RussDefender
4Marcel SchäferDefender
2Patrick OchsMidfielder
15Makoto HasebeMidfielder
7JosuéMidfielder
15Christian TräschMidfielder
-Hasan SalihamidzicMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
17Patrick HelmesStriker
35Marwin HitzGoalkeeper
17Alexander MadlungDefender
39Michael SchulzeDefender
13Koo Ja-CheolMidfielder
25Sebastian SchindzielorzMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
9Srdjan LakicStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
28Holger BadstuberDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
33Mario GomezStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
27David AlabaMidfielder
5Daniel Van BuytenDefender
39Takashi UsamiStriker
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
11Ivica OlicStriker
Players to Watch
Patrick Helmes
Patrick Helmes
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Koln man was in fine form in the first matchday, and scored a fine brace to lead his team to victory. He has had a rough spell in recent years, but the Germany international is a dangerous target man with plenty of talent and motivation.
Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
27 12 1 0
One year ago, the reigning World Cup Golden Boot winner scored a brilliant opener against Wolfsburg. Now, having had a bit of a false start to his season, Muller will try to put his recent woes behind and replicate that performance. His influence in the centre will be critical for Bayern, who have struggled around the edge of the box.
Prediction
It always is a spectacle to behold when Felix Magath faces his former Bayern, and Saturday's match will be no exception. Wolfsburg started their season well last week, but their elimination from the DFB Pokal means they are still struggling for consistency. Bayern suffered a surprise defeat in their first match, but are likely to bounce back after several of their stars impressed during the midweek internationals.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 2
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
17 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
17 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Stefan Kießling Stefan Kießling
Striker
Leverkusen
15 2