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March 9, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
Allianz-Arena — München
Referee:‬ T. Stieler‎
Attendance:‬ 71000‎
 

Bayern Munich-Fortuna Dusseldorf Preview: Hosts aiming for 21st victory

The Bavarians have only dropped points on four occasions this season and will be optimistic of another win

By Enis Koylu

FC Bayern München v FC Schalke 04: Bastian Schweinsteiger & Dante
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN

Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Shaqiri, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic
DUSSELDORF

Giefer
Balogun, Latka, Malezas, Van den Bergh
Bodzek, Tesche
Lambertz, Fink, Bellinghausen
Kruse

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes is set to shuffle his pack once more, and give Thomas Muller a well-deserved rest, with Xherdan Shaqiri likely to replace him.

Mario Mandzukic will come back into the starting line-up ahead of Mario Gomez, and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk could get a rare start in place of Javi Martinez. The only absence is Holger Badstuber, who is out for the season.

Meanwhile, Fortuna Dusseldorf have a host of players missing for the trip to the Allianz Arena. Back-up keeper Robert Almer (thigh), Bruno Soares (fitness) and Juanan (abdominal injury) are all out.

Forwards Stefan Reisinger and Andriy Voronin are both missing. Meanwhile, Dani Schahin could play in the place of Oliver Fink.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich have gone unbeaten for 22 games, and have won their last 10.
  • The Bavarians have got 63 points this season - the same number that won them the title in 2000-01.
  • They have also won their last three games against Fortuna Dusseldorf, scoring 12 and conceding no goals in the process.
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf have not scored in their last 10 visits to Munich.
  • The Ruhr outfit also suffered their heaviest-ever Bundesliga defeat at the hands of die Roten - a 7-0 reverse in 1982.
  • Norbert Meier's side have recorded six of their 10 victories on the road.


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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
5Daniel Van BuytenDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
33Fabian GieferGoalkeeper
3Leon-Aderemi BalogunDefender
4Stelios MalezasDefender
23Johannes van den BerghDefender
5Martin LatkaDefender
37Robert TescheMidfielder
11Axel BellinghausenDefender
13Adam BodzekDefender
17Andreas LambertzMidfielder
23Robbie KruseMidfielder
-M. BollyMidfielder
-Nikos PapadopoulosGoalkeeper
6Jens LangenekeDefender
19Tobias LevelsDefender
7Oliver FinkMidfielder
10Ken IlsöStriker
18Dani SchahinStriker
11Genki OmaeStriker
Players to Watch
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
19 3 3 0
The Germany international finally seems to be reaching top form after a poor patch. He came close to scoring twice against Hoffenheim and could be one of Bayern's keys to victory on Saturday.
Robbie Kruse
Robbie Kruse
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
15 2 1 0
The Australian has been coming into a bit of form of late, and in the absence Stefan Reisinger, there will be extra onus on him up front to provide for his team and spark an unlikely, famous victory.
Prediction
Bayern did not really get out of first gear last week against Hoffenheim, and will be particularly eager to put in a fine showing against Dusseldorf ahead of their Champions League clash with Arsenal in midweek.
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Bayern 3
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Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
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16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
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